Camels hold first practice on new turf

Jim Perry Stadium (
Jim Perry Stadium (


BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell practiced for the first time on Jim Perry Stadium's newly finished field Wednesday.

A new playing surface was finished this week at the home of the Camels, 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.

In addition to the new field, Jim and Daphne Perry Pavilion continues to take shape behind the Camels' home dugout. The project 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.

Additionally, new padding on the outfield walls, as well as new foul polls have been installed during the process.

Jim Perry Stadium will also serve as the home of the Buies Creek Astros for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

Following the 2012 season, the facility 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.

Previously known as Taylor Field, the venue dates back to the 1940s and Campbell's junior college baseball days.

The Camels will open the 2017 season on February 17, hosting Northern Kentucky at Jim Perry Stadium.