Promats Athletics of Salisbury, NC has been selected as the official supplier of athletic equipment at the upcoming Fort Bragg Game in Fayetteville, NC. The event, which is the first Major League Baseball game hosted on an active military base, is scheduled for Sunday, July 3 and will feature the Atlanta Braves vs. the Miami Marlins.
A new 12,500 seat stadium is being constructed in an undeveloped area of the former Willow Lake Golf Course at Fort Bragg. According to Matt Cross, General Manager at Promats Athletics, much of the groundwork is completed and his team will be installing equipment through the month of June.
“It’s an honor to make a contribution to this project,” said Cross.
Cross, whose brother served in both the Gulf and Iraq wars and is stationed at Fort Bragg, first heard about the game and construction project in early March after the MLB Commissioner, Rob Manfred released a statement. Cross said, “We didn’t want to miss this opportunity to do something meaningful for service members and their families. They deserve this.”
According to Cross, Promats Athletics has been the leading manufacturer of athletic wall padding for over 30 years and, more recently, has made a name providing netting systems and other sports equipment to a wide range of venues nationally. Cross noted that Promats was active this winter in upgrading over a dozen Major League Baseball stadiums with their Ultra Cross knotless Dyneema® netting, which, he says is “nearly invisible” and provides exceptional security from foul balls and shattered bats without obscuring the view.
“We’re installing Ultra Cross netting at Fort Bragg, as we speak,” said Cross. He continued that Promats is supplying both backstop and sideline netting, two (2) 40’ winged foul poles, and is donating BaseZone® field wall padding for the field’s perimeter. Promats will also supply the digital graphics on the padding to commemorate the game and its sponsors.
Following the game, the field will be transformed to accommodate softball for Fort Bragg residents. “There’s a long-term benefit to this project,” Cross said, “Its bringing military families together for the love of the game, and for many years to come.”