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Still No Baseball, But New Uses For Historic Grainger Stadium


Another summer approaches, and that means another baseball season without a team for Kinston.

The loss of the Kinston Indians IN 2011 after 33-years, the Carolina League's single-a affiliate, means Grainger Stadium sits empty.

But Kinston's Parks and Recreation Department has adapted to life after baseball.

Grainger Stadium still hosts baseball games and tournaments, they just don't currently house a minor league team.

Jenny Hatcher with Parks and Rec says they're working to fill the void, and says Mayor B.J. Murphy has gathered a group of people together, and even some previous owners of Kinston teams have been trying to get a franchise to anchor down in Kinston.

Until then the latest big event announcement for Grainger Stadium isn't baseball at all, it's country music.

The first "WRNS Fest" concert on July 16th will be at Grainger and feature big name artists like Joe Nichols, Craig Campbell and Jon Pardi.

The gates open at 5:30 on July 16th, and the show starts at 7:00.

Tickets are already on sale, with general admission at $20.00 and grandstand seats for $25.00.


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