A grassroots movement to bring Major League Baseball to Raleigh, NC

MLB is planning to expand to 32 teams and the data suggests that Raleigh (and the Triangle) should be in the conversation. With your help, we want to make that happen. So ‘Join the Movement’ and help us put our city and its support for baseball on the national stage.

Can the Triangle support a Raleigh anchored MLB team? The numbers say yes.

Not only can we support a team, the data suggests an MLB team would thrive

0 People in the Triangle metro area

The Triangle has a population of 2,199,459 which is on par with MLB markets such as Kansas City, Cincinnati, Milwaukee and Pittsburgh (and we're growing faster).

0 In Market TV homes

Raleigh/Durham ranks as the #1 largest TV market in America (according to Neilsen) that does not have a locally or regionally broadcasted MLB team.

0 Median Household Income

Raleigh is the #1 richest metro area in the continental United States that does not have an MLB team within 100 miles of its city center.

Potential Stadium Locations

Among the first questions asked when a city makes a Major League Baseball push is, "where will they play?" We feel the selected site should integrate itself thoughtfully within its surrounding community, optimize the fan experience before, during, and after games, be relatively easy to get in and out of, and be a useful space 365 days a year. We've explored a handful of locations around Raleigh that could accommodate such a complex. Here are our initial suggestions.

The Southern Gateway

City planners imagined a sports complex in the southwest corner of Raleigh's southern Gateway Center--just west of Memorial Auditorium--in its recent 10-year development plan. It is the most urban and walkable site on the list.

The Old Cargill Mill

The recently demolished Cargill Plant sits on the southern edge of Downtown, bordering the South Park neighborhood. This location is unique due to its proximity to I-40 and its integration with rail and greenway.

The Central Prison

Raleigh's Central Prison occupies some pretty prime real estate. Adjacent to the revitalized Warehouse District, the newly constructed Union Station, and Dix Park, this site would be the epicenter of activity in the south end of downtown.

The Penmarc Land

This large swath of underdeveloped land has unlimited potential. It is bounded by I-40, South Saunders Street, and Penmarc Drive, providing easy access to major traffic arteries while still maintaining a connection to the downtown.

We have a few more ideas and we're sure you do too...

We'll be releasing new potential locations as we uncover them. Got an idea of a location that might fit? We'll look into it and if it works, we'll have it mocked-up. Feel free to drop us a line on social media.

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Exploring the Little-Known Baseball History of North Carolina & its Capital City

Whether or not the state of North Carolina and its capital city want to admit it, baseball is in their DNA. We look back at the stadiums, the teams and the stories of the past and explain how America's pastime is still alive and well in our area.

Just in case you have a few questions…

Below is a list of frequently asked questions about the the movement and MLB expansion

1. How do I get involved in helping get MLB to Raleigh?

Start by signing the petition (click ‘Join the Movement’ button in the menu). You can also help by sharing the message on social media, wearing your hat and shirt on the streets and attending our events. Tell your friends, your family, local businesses, and make sure you let the media know you want coverage of our movement. Check out all the ways you can play a part in bringing baseball to Raleigh.

2. Can the Triangle actually support a Raleigh anchored Major League Baseball team?

Yes, and it’s not just our opinion. One of the main reasons we decided to move forward with this campaign was because when we looked at the statistics, it was clear that the Triangle could, in fact, support a Raleigh anchored MLB team right now. Check out the numbers for yourself.

3. MLB has mentioned Charlotte for possible expansion? Does Raleigh stand a chance?

Actually, yes. The idea that Charlotte is North Carolina’s only viable city for pro-sports is more marketing and myth than it is reality.

We’ve dug into the census reports and the surrounding data to show you that Raleigh and Charlotte aren’t that much different and in fact, Raleigh may actually be the more logical long-term location for professional sports.

Take a look at our full Raleigh vs. Charlotte comparison.

4. What would happen to the Durham Bulls? Don't they have territorial rights?

Let us start by saying, the Durham Bulls aren’t going anywhere. However, the much-discussed ’25-mile territory rule’ has been a bit misconstrued over the years and definitely is not a deal breaker. According to the current rules, nothing can stop an MLB team from picking its location. While it would cause some arbitration and discussions, there are no true roadblocks from getting a major league team to our area. In fact, The Seattle Mariners and the AAA Tacoma Rainiers have successfully coexisted within 30 miles of one another for over 40 years. If you’d like all the details, we’ve broken it all down, right here.

5. When is MLB planning to expand?

Commissioner Rob Manfred has been on record a lot over the past two years confirming that it’s in the MLB’s plans to expand in the near future. This alone should have Raleigh at least prepping for a pitch to MLB. In fact, a few other cities are already involved in lobbying MLB for a team.

If Raleigh wants their name in the hat, now is the time to start the ground-swell.

If you want to dig deeper on MLB expansion and how Raleigh fits in, we have the breakdown.

6. Do you have a plan to actually make this reality?

There is no doubt that it’s going to take a strong combination of both community support and financial backing.

The initial goal of this movement is to ramp up support throughout Raleigh and the Triangle, attract the attention of the media, the MLB and eventually investors, putting Raleigh as one of the few cities ready and organized to land a team.

While it might initially sound crazy, the data supports it and movements like this have been successful before. At the end of the day, getting this thing to happen begins with a large and loud community buy-in.

Want to learn more about the process? We laid it out for you.

7. Who is going to fund a Raleigh-based MLB franchise?

A community movement is great and all, but, baseball isn’t coming to Raleigh without real investors and a solid ownership group. We know that, but phase 1 of this movement is to educate, organize and activate the community around baseball. Once we get the wheels turning, we’ll start the discussion about ownership and financing options.

8. Who is behind this and why are you doing this?

We are a collective of local creatives, business owners, and residents who love baseball and who want to work alongside the community to help put Raleigh in the conversation for a Major League Baseball team.

Our main goal is obviously to get an MLB team in Raleigh, but as a by-product of that goal, we hope to bring people together, explore brand,  and amplify Raleigh’s community, culture, and creativity so the rest of the world can see what we see in our city. See who helped out.

9. Why did you choose black and white as the colors?

First off, we aren’t proposing that the potential team wear black and white, but we also aren’t not proposing it. We just wanted the initial release to be more about the support for baseball in our area and the discussion of its viability.

Black and white also made sense because Raleigh doesn’t have an official city color. We felt it was more genuine to roll out without one and begin to explore brand, colors, and team name together with you via this campaign.

Later in the summer, some of the area’s most well-known designers will be helping lead us through that process at events and on social media. Stay tuned!

10. Where are the profits from this project going?

We have teamed up with The Boys and Girls Club of Raleigh to pinpoint baseball facilities that are in need of some help. We are going to donate our profits from this movement and organize volunteer events to help give those facilities a fresh makeover. Find out more about our plans to revitalize fields and help promote baseball in some of Raleigh’s underserved communities.

Local designers took their shot at branding Raleigh’s future MLB team. @ our 919 Design Showcase.

The Triangle's top designers to took a shot at branding Raleigh's future MLB team. New Era fitted caps, full uniform mockup, Virgil's slinging tacos, and Little City serving up a baseball branded beer. Thanks for coming out and making this event such a major success!

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