Pulaski had a strong fan base as a Yankee affiliate and do much remodeling to the basic structure of the stadium. Agreed not much else to do there, but took off when associated with Yanks over Blue Jays. I have not been there since they became a draft league. Likewise I have only been to Danville 2x and Burlington 1x in 3 yrs, where before the change I probably would go ~6 games / yr. The whole league seems to successfully rebranded and crowds seemed on par with previous games.
Some teams in the Carolina League have decided to do upgrades either due to finances or stadium limitations. Kinston and Mudcats are set to move to other locations. Kinston is a great old stadium and I love going to games there, but the stadium can’t be upgraded to MLB standards. Mudcats have fallen from AA to A+ to low A. Stadium is not one of my favorites and is in the middle of nowhere. Great mascot though!
Sorry rambling, I guess I don’t like change. My main point I think is that there will be teams that can upgrade and some that can’t. How do you determine which stay and which go? If you get rid of teams that complied, there will be rightfully lawsuits. My city has supported the Hillcats, but there is only so far they can go. The new owners don’t seem interested in connecting with the community. They have done good things, but the connection is lacking IMO. I would hate to lose them, but I am mulling over not being a season ticket holder due to prices and lack of connection to community and team history. I don’t think they care if season ticket holders go down; gives grounds to move team when they can to a bigger market.