“The honor is presented to the new baseball stadium with the best combination of superior design, attractive site selection and fan amenities,” reported Baseballparks.com, after BB&T Ballpark’s inaugural season.
Home to Minor League Baseball’s Winston-Salem Dash, the 5,500-seat ballpark is located southwest of the downtown core. Fans enjoy views of the city skyline beyond the outfield walls.
The design reflects the vernacular of old Salem by echoing the mills and tobacco plants that once formed the foundation of the area economy. Local brick with wood and steel accents form the primary exterior material, creating a solid base that wraps around the ballpark. The strong facade opens up to express the steel structure and metal clad spaces along the concourse and at the suite level.
The ballpark is built into the hillside, allowing for an intimate, tree-covered berm area along the third baseline. On the first base side, the concourse acts as a bridge connecting the main entry and the seating bowl.
In addition to the standard bowl and berm seating, seating options include a table-top dining area along the concourse, a “short porch” area in the outfield, field-level suites behind home plate, and club and table-top seating at the suite level. Adjacent to the suite club are 14 premium suites, two party suites and two exterior decks.
The ballpark represents the first phase of a planned mixed-use development that is transforming this site, once a dilapidated housing district, into a thriving entertainment district.
HOK designed the ballpark in association with CJMW Architects.
Baseballparks.com – Ballpark of the Year
Number of bricks used in the ballpark construction
13 April 2010
“BB&T Ballpark / Winston-Salem Dash”