HIGH POINT, NC -- What looks like a pile of dirt in a parking lot is actually a symbol of progress for the City of High Point.
A pitcher’s mound marks the spot where the city will build a brand new multi-use stadium, a children's museum, new apartments, stores, and more.
After more than two years of debate and planning, Friday is demolition day!
The city has made t-shirts and pennants and they're going to have lots of food, games, and prizes to celebrate the groundbreaking of the stadium.
Construction crews will be tearing down a building that use to serve as a doctor’s office on the corner of Church and Pine Streets to make way for the stadium.
City Councilman Jason Ewing says he expects a lot of people to attend.
“It's an exciting time. It's a turning point for our city,” said Ewing. “Finally, after a lot of talk about revitalization, we are going to see some heavy machinery start tearing down buildings and watch what is going to be built here over the next year and a half.”
It's a project that has been talked about for years.
Even people who are being inconvenienced by the stadium construction are excited about the possibilities that the development will bring.
Across the street from the demolition site, Sandy Howell is being forced to move her furniture manufacturing business, Clubcu Blacksand, to a new location.
Her current office is where left field will eventually be when the stadium is fully built.
“We have been here for eight years and we have outgrown the space anyways. We probably wouldn't have moved if nobody forced us to but once we were forced to, we realize this is a great opportunity for us to move because we knew need more space.
The city of High Point already paid $15 million for the land and needs another $36 million to fund the stadium.
They're still hoping Guilford County Commissioners will pitch in, but the city is prepared to foot the bill themselves, using revenue generated from the stadium itself to pay off the debt.
“In our studies that we did, we included most of the smaller towns to the south which do not have venues like this to easily go to and visit,” said Ewing. “We think that we are going to be able to attract some of those on a regular basis.”
High Point University President Dr. Nido Qubein also raised $50 million in private money to pay for the amenities around the stadium.
Many are looking forward to the transformation and revitalization.
“I think it's a great opportunity for the citizens,” said Howell. “There will be things to do and lots of new opportunities.”
The reason why the city is so anxious to break ground is because they want to have the stadium up and ready for opening day of baseball season in the spring of 2019.
Demo Day starts Friday at 11:30 am in the parking lot at the corner of Church and Pine Streets in downtown High Point.
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