K-Tribe Management Looking To Land New Team For Grainger Stadium

Kinston Indians logo seen over historic Gringer Stadium.

The games are winding down for the Kinston Indians and so far the future for the stadium that has been home to minor league baseball for more than 60 years is still unknown.

K-Tribe GM Ben Jones says he's hopeful there will be baseball in Kinston next year, but right now, he's hoping this year's team makes it to playoffs.

For 25 years the Kinston Indians have been playing ball at the historic Grainger Stadium, but that will soon come to an end. Next year the team will play in Zebulon.

Jones and his staff are working to find a new team, but so far there nothing is set in stone. "Next year is still up in the air, it's something we're working very hard on, we feel good about the direction we're heading, but there's still some dominoes that need to fall, still somethings that need to go our way, but hopefully we'll have some answers sooner than later.

Jones says there is still time to find a team to play in the 2012 season.

Kinston mayor B.J. Murphy says there will be baseball in Kinston, it's just a matter of whether it will be in time for 2012

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  • by Anonymous on Aug 15, 2011 at 08:09 PM
    It's not a choice of MiLB, If an investor/owner wants to do it they would. You would also need a place to play and they wouldn't share with ECU, my gut feeling. Also, Kinston is the most central location to Jacksonville, Goldsboro, New Bern and Greenville, even Rocky Mount. I actually think a park in New Bern on the water could be cool to watch baseball.
  • by scott Location: Greenville on Aug 15, 2011 at 07:30 PM
    Ok, first off,I don't think Greenville will get any minor league team. It would cost a LOT of money to build a new stadium,plus have to find a location. As for Kinston, I don't think they will have much luck. The town really is very run down, and crime is just as bad there as it is here. Plus, lets be honest here, La Grange stadium is not the....nicest stadium about. This is of course comparing them to Zebulon, Durham, Greensboro.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 15, 2011 at 06:13 PM
    Kane, the problem is that minor league baseball would have to play all day games here, as no law abiding citizen feels comfortable in RM, Greenville, Kinston, et all after dark.
  • by Kane on Aug 15, 2011 at 05:23 PM
    Outstanding. I hope they can land a team if not maybe Minor League Baseball would consider placing a team in Greenville.

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