Ting Park is all about the future in Holly Springs
Christine Ottoni • February 1, 2018if( has_post_thumbnail( $post_id ) ): ?>
You might be familiar with Ting Park, formerly known as the North Main Athletic Complex, and the role it plays in your town. From local sports leagues to national tournaments, this sprawling parks facility provides an incredible parks and rec resource, drives commerce and supports a thriving local community.
In 2012, Holly Springs started to explore the possibility of building a 42-acre park on a piece of land. In 2015, construction officially completed and the park opened its doors to the community. That same year, Ting Internet announced it was coming to Holly Springs to build and service a fiber optic Internet network, bringing the fastest Internet around to local residents and businesses.
Wherever Ting goes, we strive to form local partnerships and find ways that we can make ourselves available to the community. When we heard about the park, we knew it was a great opportunity for Ting and Holly Springs to connect.
In 2017, Ting announced it would be the official Naming Sponsor of what is now known as Ting Park and Ting Stadium.
We chatted with Daniel Weeks, Assistant Town Manager of Holly Springs, about the history of the park and the whole naming process that brought the town and Ting closer together.
Ting Park: a place for the people
“The first and foremost goal of the park was to create a first-class facility for our citizens and for our parks and recreation activities like youth soccer, softball and baseball,” said Daniel.
In its first year of operation, the park saw over 275,000 visitors, athletes and spectators to its fields and courts, including baseball, soccer, football, tennis and lacrosse.
Today, Ting Park is a community gathering spot. It hosts local programs and youth leagues and facilitates private partnerships. The Holly Springs Salamanders, a summer collegiate baseball team, plays 30 home games at Ting Park every season. Wake FC, a soccer club that provides residents of Wake County and surrounding areas with quality soccer programming, also enjoys time at the soccer fields.
Holly Springs and sports tourism
Ting Park has had a huge impact on local parks and rec initiatives, but it also serves to connect Holly Springs to larger sports tourism opportunities and drives economic growth and generation.
Ting Park has hosted the National Club Baseball Association Division I World Series, a week-long tournament with eight teams from across the US. The park also hosted the Coastal Plain League’s 19th Annual All-Star Game in 2017.
“These events didn’t come to Holly Springs before the park,” said Daniel. “The Town has been branded as a place for sports tournaments and sports tourism.”
Sports tourism can be a driver of economic development, investment and growth. Visitors to town can be an exciting opportunity for local businesses like restaurants, shops and hotels. Local programs and games are attended largely by local Holly Springs residents, but larger, national and state-wide tournaments bring fans from all over.
A party in Ting Park
In November 2017, to celebrate the partnership between Ting and Holly Springs and the newly named Ting Park, we threw a massive community party right at the parks facility.
There were food trucks and dinner was free for the first 250 party guests. There were fun activities for the kids like bouncy castles, a tribute to our veterans for Veterans Day and a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the park.
“There were local artisans there selling their goods and crafts and it was really a nice local event,” said Daniel. “It was a great kickoff event”
“Ting and town staff here worked closely together on the naming rights venture. We love to have a corporate partner in Ting.”
We’re proud to be here in Holly Springs, providing crazy fast fiber Internet and expanding the network every day. We’re also a proud member of the community.