For more than a decade, The Hitting Zone has helped baseball and softball players hone their slugging skills with top-notch batting cages. Its newly renovated facility includes seven new batting cages, new token machines, professional-quality turf, and enhanced lighting. While three cages devour tokens and spit out speedy pitches, schedule-savvy batters claim one of four regular cages for a designated hour of ball-pummeling against a Cy Young android lookalike.
Benchwarmers Sports Complex helps athletes stay off the bench with a wide range of training facilities. Four pitching tunnels transform string bean arms into powerful cannons, while two automated batting cages and three live arm cages allow hurled baseballs to hone swings, instead of inflated puffer fish, which will just hone your fear of seafood restaurants. Elsewhere, its basketball court boasts adjustable rims and a gigantic electronic scoreboard, and its indoor turf fields feature granular rubber infill to support players as they work up a sweat during games of baseball, football, soccer, and lacrosse.
A minor-league Class-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, the Kannapolis Intimidators have their gloves oiled to climb the ranks of the South Atlantic League while providing fans with the hard-hitting action of professional baseball. Cheer as manager Teddy Thompson uses complicated hand signals and oversized cue cards to command his platoon of bat-wielding basemen, including outfielders Nick Ciolli and Brady Shoemaker. From the family-friendly confines of "The Cannon," delight in the electrifying atmosphere of pro ball while savoring a tasty treat from one of the concession stands or doodling on an old-fashioned scorekeeper's forehead.
Carolinas Baseball Center is a state-of-the-art baseball-training facility that offers nearly 50,000 square feet of space for visitors looking to enjoy an afternoon of baseballing and other activities. Each birthday package includes one hour of free-swinging action, thanks to two batting cages equipped with Iron Mike pitching machines, and 90 minutes of party-room use, ensuring there’s plenty of time to munch on cake. Every party also includes two slices of pizza and one drink for each child, with paper plates, cups, napkins, spoons, and tablecloths provided. The birthday boy or girl will receive a Carolinas Baseball Center T-shirt, as well as an opportunity to yell, “Baseball is nothing like masonry!” repeatedly. Additionally, an instructor boasting impressive baseball-mechanics knowledge can be hired for an additional charge.
United Social Sports expands its members' social circles through a slate of several sports and spirited, casual competition. Return to childhood bliss by joining kickball, throw bags at a board with cornhole, or whack around orbs in bocce. Leagues include a championship tournament, end-of-season party, and other goodies.
A new zombie horde rises, hungry for the packs of humans that flee in a desperate fight to see another day. This isn't a vision of a postapocalyptic future—it happens every fall at the Zombie Run Challenge, an event in which participants dressed as zombies chase down human competitors in a race for both survival and top prizes. After registering, competitors separate into the two factions, each with separate goals. In the course of up to two hours, zombies attempt to turn humans by capturing the flags attached to their belts. The living, in turn, try to complete challenges at four–five checkpoints, taking momentary refuge or healing at outposts scattered throughout the woods. All the while, a group of volunteer mercenaries armed with foam darts hunts down the undead attackers. Before the race begins, the special-effects gurus at Gregory F/X will provide zombie makeup to participants in exchange for a donation—100% of which goes to charity and won't be used to buy the zombies fresh brains at the local deli.