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Atrium Health Ballpark finally hosts first game

The Charlotte 49ers beat App State 15-5 at the new downtown Kannapolis stadium

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — After about a year-long wait, Atrium Health Ballpark in downtown Kannapolis finally debuted for its intended purpose.

A baseball game.

The Charlotte 49ers opened the stadium with a 15-5 win over visiting Appalachian State on Tuesday night.

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The venue, the home of the minor league Kannapolis Cannon Ballers, has served multiple purposes despite the 2020 season being canceled, including as a public park.

But Tuesday it saw players on the diamond in front of a "sell out" crowd, while still observing Gov. Roy Cooper's latest Executive Order at 30 percent capacity.

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"It was great to see in front of our fan base and in this environment seeing our guys show out," said 49ers coach Robert Woodard.

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Kannapolis will begin the minor league season at home on May 4 against the Down East Wood Ducks.

The Cannon Ballers are the Low-A East affiliate of the Chicago White Sox.

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