FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The SwampDogs are here to stay! The Fayetteville SwampDogs announced today they have agreed to terms with Cumberland County for a new lease extension to continue playing at J.P. Riddle Stadium through the 2020 season.
The lease is a four year extension followed by another four year term at the team option. The end of this lease will mark the 20th anniversary for the SwampDogs playing in Fayetteville.
The SwampDogs have been a staple of family entertainment in Fayetteville since 2001. Initially owned by the Coastal Plain League, Lew and Darrell Handelsman purchased the team in 2004 and have worked diligently to make the venue the place to be during the summer months. Now the longest tenured sports team in Fayetteville history, the SwampDogs are committed to remaining an active part of the community.
“The fans and our marketing partners are what make the Dogs so special,” said SwampDogs general manager Jeremy Aagard. “We look forward to being able to continue to contribute to wonderful charitable organizations in the area. Having that opportunity for 20 years is truly something special. We’re excited the county feels the same way we do.”
“My family and I are so excited to know the SwampDogs will be able to continue to pursue our goals in such a great community,” said Handelsman. “We appreciate all the hard work the county officials have put into upgrading the ballpark each year and are very excited for what’s to come. We’d like to thank all of our fans for their tremendous support over the last 13 years and look forward to many more.”
The Fayetteville SwampDogs are a proud member of the Coastal Plain League, entering their 13th season in the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 17th season in 2013, the CPL features 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. Furthermore, the CPL has had over 1,000 alumni drafted and 55 alums – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com, and be sure to friend us on Facebook (at www.facebook.com/coastalplainleague) and follow us via Twitter (as cpleague).