HPU President Nido Qubein to raise funds for downtown baseball stadium
May 17, 2017,
HIGH POINT – High Point University President Nido Qubein has committed to help raise funds for a new baseball stadium and other projects in downtown High Point.
At an annual meeting of the High Point Convention and Visitors Bureau on Wednesday, Qubein said he plans to raise $38 million from private donors for a variety of project including the stadium. Qubein also will lead efforts to name the stadium and secure a team to play there.
The proposed $30 million stadium would occupy just under half of a 12- acre site the city has assembled for the project that is bordered by English Road, Lindsay Street and Gatewood Avenue. It would hold 5,000 seats for baseball attendance and about 7,000 for concerts and other events.
Qubein said he decided to participate in the downtown development initiatives following a request from Forward High Point, an agency that aims to revitalize the center city area.
“High Point has been my chosen home for nearly 50 years,” Qubein said at the meeting. “I am happy here, and I love my city. So when Forward High Point unanimously passed a resolution asking me to lend my experience for the downtown project, I was compelled to say yes. My involvement is strictly as a volunteer. I have no financial interest or stake in this development project in any way. My sole interest is helping High Point thrive.”
In an earlier report on the April High Point Market Authority meeting, Furniture today noted that officials propose the stadium be available for use for High Point Market events..
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