About Jim Perry Stadium
Jim Perry Stadium is the home of Fighting Camel baseball.
Previously known as Taylor Field, the venue dates back to the 1940s and Campbell’s junior college baseball days. Taylor Field was named for Herbert B. Taylor, a supporter of Campbell University’s athletics programs. Taylor Field hosted the 1985, 1987, and 1988 Big South Conference Baseball Tournaments. Winthrop won in 1985 and 1987, while Campbell won on its home field in 1988.
Following the 2012 season, the field was renamed for Jim Perry, who played baseball and basketball for Campbell from 1956 to 1959. Perry pitched in Major League Baseball for 17 seasons, earning the 1970 American League Cy Young Award as a member of the Minnesota Twins.
Renovations for the facility began in 2011. Upgrades included a new entrance gate and ticket booth, restroom and concession facility, and exterior wrought iron fencing, as well as improved exterior landscaping.
On Nov. 12, 2012, Campbell announced it would rename the facility in honor of Jim Perry and carry out further renovations that include a new press box, a grandstand that spans dugout to dugout, and seating for nearly 700 spectators, including 310 chair-backed seats.
The Camels played its first game in the refurbished Jim Perry Stadium on Feb. 15, 2013, beating Eastern Michigan 8-2. The stadium was officially dedicated prior to a 6-3 victory over in-state rival Duke on March 26, 2013. The Camels went 31-5 at home during the 2013 season.
The field dimensions are 337 feet down the left field line, 368 feet in left-center, 395 feet to straight-away center, 375 feet to the right-center, and 328 feet down the right field line.
Jim Perry Stadium’s latest major addition, Jim and Daphne Perry Pavilion, is scheduled for completion during the 2017 season.
Jim and Daphne Perry Pavilion will supply additional seating while providing new offices for the entire baseball staff, a state-of-the-art locker room and new in-ground dugouts, a viewing deck, and provide a new home for the entire Campbell baseball operation.
The facility’s new playing surface was completed prior to the 2017 season, completing a major portion of the renovation process.
The new turf field was installed by ProGrass Turf, a leader in the synthetic turf industry. ProGrass Turf created the ProGrass HR Baseball five-tool synthetic turf system by using a two inch pile height and three different infill mixtures. Together, these create a turf playing surface that replicates a natural baseball field’s look and playability.
The fiber, working with the infill combinations, truly controls the speed of the ball off the bat and eliminates bad bounces. It’s the baseball turf system to beat; providing durability, performance, aesthetics and feel – all in one system.
Additionally, new padding on the outfield walls, as well as new foul polls have been installed during the process.
Jim Perry Stadium will receive yet another addition during the 2017 season with the installation of a state-of-the-art HD video and score board. The new board will be the largest in the Big South Conference, measuring 35’7.6” tall and 42’1.6” wide.
Jim Perry Stadium will also serve as the home of the Buies Creek Astros for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.
The Houston Astros announced that the Carolina League Buies Creek Astros will serve as the temporary Astros Class A Advanced affiliate for the 2017-18 seasons. The Buies Creek Astros will make their home at Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C.
Astros President of Business Operations Reid Ryan, Astros Senior VP of Business Operations Marcel Braithwaite, Buies Creek and Greeneville Astros General Manager David Lane, Carolina League President John Hopkins and Fayetteville Councilmember Jim Arp were joined by Campbell University President J. Bradley Creed and Director of Athletics Bob Roller at the press conference in November, held at Jim Perry Stadium on the Campbell University campus.
The Astros organization also agreed to provide and install a completely new synthetic turf for Jim Perry Stadium. Prior to the 2017 season, the Astros High A affiliate had been located in Lancaster, Calif. dating back to 2009.