Visitors, please excuse Cumberland County's residents as we go a little bonkers over the inaugural season of the Fayetteville Woodpeckers, our new Minor League Baseball team. As I'm writing this blog, the City of Fayetteville and the Woodpeckers are making final preparations for the first-ever home game at our brand-new Segra Stadium tonight. I'll just say this: we're all living and breathing baseball right now, and nowhere is that more evident than in the Cool Spring Downtown District, where our new ballpark is located. I thought it would be a good idea to do a round-up of places downtown where you can park, shop, and eat "all things baseball" before or after you take in a Woodpeckers' game in 2019. Then it's time for "Play Ball!"
Airborne & Special Operations Museum (100 Bragg Blvd.) is providing a convenient parking option next to Segra Stadium for $20.
Arts Council of Fayetteville Cumberland County (301 Hay St.) is hosting the Picturing America's Pastime Exhibition thru May 11th.
A Bit of Carolina (306 Hay St.) sells a variety of baseball-themed gift items and accessories, like this cross-over purse.
Bright Light Brewing Company (444 W. Russell St., Ste. 102) is offering free game-night parking at the lot indicated on map above; pay $10 when you park and get your pass validated with a purchase inside BLBC to be reimbursed.
The CARE Clinic (239 Robeson St.) has $10 parking spots available for the Woodpeckers' games.
Circa 1800 (108 Person St.) is offering Baseball Game Egg Rolls, available only on home game nights (PC: James Joseph Bloomer Photo)
The Coffee Cup (106 Hay St.) is featuring a Crackerjack Latte on their menu.
Fayetteville Area Transportation & Local History Museum (325 Franklin St.) has the Baseball in Fayetteville Exhibition on display thru 2020.
Huske Hardware House Restaurant & Brewery (405 Hay St.) is featuring Peck This, an Amber-style beer, and an All American Hot Dog on their menu.
Lake Gaston Brewing Company (124 Hay St.) has debuted The Change Up—a beverage made with Jameson, a hint of peach, and sweet tea—plus they're hosting a one-time Baseball Movie Trivia night on April 25th.
Pressed - A Creative Space (120 Hay St.) has custom-designed, baseball-themed shirts and vinyl stickers for sale.
Rude Awakening Coffee House (227 Hay St.) has debuted a Ballpark Blend of coffee, a Baseball Frappe, and a Woodpecker Cupcake (made by Frostings Cakeshop).
The Wine Café (108 Hay St.) offers Loaded Base Gourmet Nachos for a pre-game bite to eat.
Yellow Crayons (314 Hay St.) provides a variety of Woodpeckers-themed t-shirts and more (pre-printed and custom-made options).
The City of Fayetteville gives a comprehensive breakdown of all parking options and rules on their website, to include FAST Bus Routes to Segra Stadium, and I would encourage anyone planning to attend a Woodpeckers' game to read up on that beforehand.
Want to learn more about why we consider Cumberland County to be a baseball lover's dream destination right now? Check out the piece I wrote on our Fayetteville Woodpeckers, Fayetteville SwampDogs, baseball exhibits, and more here: "Victory Means a Little More Here!" Then start planning your visit to the communities of Cumberland County with the assistance of the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. Between the Woodpeckers and the SwampDogs, we have a total of 99 baseball games on the schedule through the 2019 season. All you have to do is pick a weekend to enjoy some baseball magic in "America's Hometown"!
Photo Credits: Unless otherwise indicated, all pictures above are courtesy of those downtown merchants being featured.