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Atlantic League Expands to Gastonia, NC

The ALPB will be adding another team for the 2021 season in North Carolina

The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) announced this week that they would be expanding to Gastonia, North Carolina. The team, who’s name is yet to be announced, will join the Atlantic League in the spring of 2021.

Construction recently began on a new, 5,000 seat state of the art stadium that will house the ball club and serve as a multi-use ballpark. The City of Gastonia and The Velocity Companies, the team’s owner, have worked closely together on the project, which also has ties to residential, retail, hotel, and office space properties, a potential $100M investment opportunity for the city.

Brandon Bellamy | Photo provided by Marc Russinoff, Somerset Patriots

With that, Velocity Co.’s CEO, Brandon Bellamy, becomes the owner of the ball club, and according to Baseball America, the only black majority owner in professional baseball.

“We are delighted to bring Atlantic League baseball to Gastonia, a city that has shown tremendous ingenuity and resolve, particularly in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic,” ALPB President Rick White said in a statement. “Under Mr. Bellamy’s ownership, this club and the ALPB will provide the community with best-in-class baseball and exceptional entertainment for years to come.”

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