The CMC-Northeast Stadium, formerly known as Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium, is a 4,700-seat stadium that is home to the Kannapolis Intimidators-a class Low-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. The team has played in the South Atlantic League under various names and team affiliations since its establishment in 1995. Dale Earnhardt partnered with the owners of the baseball team in 2000. The stadium features six luxury suites with a higher view of the field, Box and Reserved seat sections with chair backs, General Admission bleacher seating and a lush grassy area down the 3rd base line to accommodate the excess crowds. The stadium overall cost $6.8 million, including adjacent property, to construct. Adjusted for inflation it would be around $10.7 million if it were built today.
Intimidators franchise moved to Kannapolis in 1995 from Spartanburg, South
Carolina, where they had been a Class A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.
Debate erupted in the Kannapolis area over what to name the team, before team
officials finally decided. They chose to call the team the Piedmont Phillies
for the 1995 season.
contest in the fall of 1995 attracted thousands of entries, and team officials
settled on the boll weevil as the team's new mascot, indicative of Kannapolis'
history as a textile mill town, Kannapolis natives are even called lint
heads. The Piedmont Boll Weevils would keep that mascot until after the
2000 season, when NASCAR racing legend Dale Earnhardt purchased a share in the
team's ownership. It was then that the name was changed to the Kannapolis
Intimidators, in honor of Earnhardt's legendary nickname. Earnhardt
stated that his entire family had been avid baseball fans and that it made him
proud to be a part of a baseball team in his hometown. Earnhardt earned the
nickname The Intimidator for his aggressive racing style. It was also during that off-season that the team's
parent club changed from the Phillies to the Chicago White Sox, making the
Intimidators the third White Sox farm team to be located in the Carolinas,
following the Charlotte Knights, and the Winston-Salem Warthogs, now called the
who drove the #3 car in NASCAR, was killed in an accident at the Daytona 500 in
February of 2001. Following Earnhardt's death, the Intimidators avoided
assigning the number 3 for team members. Team manager Razor Shines, originally
slated to wear #3, subsequently changed his uniform number to #43. The team
officially retired number 3 on May 15, 2002, in memory of their former co-owner,
similar to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim retiring the number 26 (the 26th
man) in honor of former owner Gene Autry.
Not only does
the CMC-Northeast Stadium provide a location for home games for the
Intimidators, but it is also used for numerous resident high school baseball
games each spring in addition to random Amateur
Athletic Union procedures
throughout the year.
April 3, 2012, it was publicized that Carolinas
Medical Center-Northeast obtained the naming rights to the stadium, implementing
the new CMC-Northeast Stadium name for the upcoming season.
In 2016, the naming rights deal was quietly swept under the rug, and the
team began referring to the stadium as Intimidators Stadium again. No further information has been reported on whether or not the stadium has been officially renamed or not.