Wayne County native Rob Wooten has agreed to purchase the Eastern Carolina Athletic Park, according to a release posted on his Twitter account this morning.
Wooten, who reports to spring training later this month with the Cincinnati Reds, said “this is a tremendous opportunity to get back to my roots. ECAP was instrumental in my development as a young player.
“From the day it opened until the day I left for UNC, there was not a week that went by where I wasn’t in the park working on my craft. I am deeply humbled and honored that Mr. [Ralph] Britt has agreed to make this happen.
“We are very excited to get to work.”
A former football player with NC State and the Pittsburgh Steelers, Britt is a current farmer and entrepreneur in the Mount Olive area.
Wooten, in partnership with his brother, Elliott Barnes, will immediately begin with upgrades to the facilities and rebrand the park as the C35 Sports Complex. The complex will retain and develop strong ties to the community while focusing on building a world-class sports experience.
ECAP is a 60-acre facility that has seven fields and 15,000 square-foot field house along with a restaurant underneath a press box. The ECAP has played host to hundreds of baseball and softball tournaments.