I will keep saying it, but Raleigh needs the Cargill site to be their stadium site (whether its MLS or MLB)
I know everyone wants a stadium within the immediate city grid, but if you look at new stadiums trends most are not just a stadium fit into the grid. Most are districts that are built around a stadium with ample parking and easy in/out access to the freeway **. Actually the new trend is to build in the suburbs where there is room to create that full on district around the ball park and where traffic doesn’t congest the city grid before and after every event.
Raleigh actually has a chance to do build this type of district very close to the city center. They will need about 60 acres. They can get that with (and around) the Cargill site, or where the prison currently sits. (Cargill would also have the Goodnight warehouse area, plus that large piece of property in the middle of S.Person and Blount (that is currently all fenced in) for restaurants/bars, hotels.
Sure there is the fact that there residential so close, but that would kind of give it a unique vibe. Think Wrigleyville neighborhood (if you’ve been there).
I know everyone is sick of talking stadiums around here, but I just feel very strongly that if you let the Cargill site be just another mixed use district and if the prison site doesnt happen, then when it’s time to bring pro sports to Raleigh, you’ll be mad because they’ll be plopping down a stadium somewhere near RTP.
** The reason why stadiums need ample parking/restaurants/bars/hotels/easy free access is because the way we consume live sports is changing. Every game is on TV or streaming. It’s easy and cheaper to stay home and watch the game. So to get people out (esp. those with families) you need to make it a full on experience, and one that requires little hassle or stress. <See the new Braves stadium or the construction of the LA Rams/Chargers stadium. >
Did i mention Cargill has rail running right through it. (the rail may have to be shifted some, but transit RIGHT into the ballpark would be a HUGE plus)