Downtown High Point will get a kick from the new football team
Truist Point Stadium opened in 2019 to host the High Point Rockers baseball team, but it has always been touted by city leaders as a “multi-purpose” stadium.
On Wednesday, September 7, he certainly lived up to that description. City officials have announced plans to bring a men’s professional soccer team to the stadium and upgrade the facilities.
A Major League Soccer professional development league team will play its home games at High Point’s downtown stadium beginning in early 2024. The team is expected to play approximately 20 games at Truist Point Stadium each year during a football season that will partially overlap with the summer season of the High Point Rockers baseball team.
This week, High Point City Council voted to approve a deal that included upgrading the facilities and grounds to make the stadium more suitable for playing and watching football matches. The cost of these renovations has not yet been determined – or at least not announced publicly. The stadium cost around $36 million to build.
Major League Soccer got a huge boost in June when iPhone maker Apple announced a 10-year deal for Apple to broadcast MLS games live from 2023. The deal really raised the profile of the league.
High Point Stadium has a capacity of approximately 5,000. It was a centerpiece of the city’s “Catalyst Project” in 2017, which was a major effort to attract more business, entertainment and people to a then nearly dead downtown.
Many more downtown attractions have been added over the past five years.
The soccer team will be owned by a group led by Megan Oglesby, and Matt Penley and Mark Penley of Carolina Soccer Ventures, LLC. The group will include local entrepreneurs Alex Moore and Ryan Burkett of Stratagon, Mike Kren and David Bennett of Benchmade Ventures, Melissa and Pablo Webster, and Leah and Chase Hazelwood.
In a Sept. 7 city press release, High Point Mayor Jay Wagner said he was thrilled with the city’s new sports offering.
“Our community has embraced baseball and we are excited to welcome football fans in the near future,” he said.
The mayor added that investing in future stadium upgrades is “in line with the original vision of a multi-purpose stadium”.