Stephanie Decatur Is Living the Dream in Fayetteville, N.C.

By Bethany Bradsher, November 8, 2018

The new stadium has other benefits for the months outside the baseball schedule too. Namely, the facility has allowed Fayetteville to secure the bid for the Big South Baseball Tournament from 2019-21.

As the home of Fort Bragg, Fayetteville’s athletic partners pay tribute to the soldiers in their midst in any way they can, often hosting special military promotions so that their servicemen and women can enjoy the vibrancy of their adopted hometown. That relationship is one of the many ways the city shows exemplary collaboration to boost events, business interests and government agencies to boost Fayetteville’s profile.

“Between our officials, our council members, our investors, they’re seeing the potential that Fayetteville and Cumberland County have, especially in the sporting industry,” she says. “Our success, it’s really based on our partnerships, with our area venues, our parks and recreation department, sports clubs, they like to see us grow and they want to see things come here. Our partnership with them is something that I think every town, every county, strives for.”

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