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Kannapolis lies in the heart of the dynamic Charlotte metro region. Home to the NC Research Campus, Kannapolis and the surrounding area offers a host of activities and resources for both business and leisure travelers.

North Carolina Research Campus

150 Research Campus Drive,
Kannapolis, NC 28081

(704) 250-5436

The North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis is a 350-acre research center located just north of Charlotte, NC. Corporations, universities and healthcare organizations have forged a public-private partnership that is transforming science at the intersection of human health, nutrition and agriculture by:

Advancing the boundaries of research and development

Research and product development are collaborative and multi-disciplinary. Focus areas are as varied as phytochemicals in fruits, vegetables, grains and herbs; exercise physiology; post-harvest physiology; population-based, genetic studies; and personalized nutrition. Research is supported by the UNC Charlotte Bioinformatics Services Division and the David H. Murdock Research Institute (DHMRI), which houses one of the most advanced collections of scientific instrumentation in genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, microscopy and NMR.

Addressing human disease through new approaches to prevention and treatment

Novel approaches to prevent and treat disease are emanating from the research centers at the NC Research Campus. The growing base of scientific knowledge combines new understandings of how nutrients, plant phytochemicals, the environment and lifestyle choices impact brain and fetal development, cancer, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, fatty liver and other metabolic disorders.

Educating the next generation of scientists and medical professionals

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College offers two-year degrees in biotechnology and nursing in their training center that is walking distance from all of the campus' research centers. The Plant Pathways Elucidation Project (P2EP) is a one-of-a-kind, collaborative program that combines the expertise of leading scientists with the campus' university and corporate partners to train undergraduate, masters and doctoral-level students in fields like plant genetics and bioinformatics.

Driving the local economy

Beyond a research center, the NC Research Campus is an economic driver creating close to 1,000 jobs and playing a critical role in the development of the city of Kannapolis and the Charlotte-area's growing life science sector. NC Research Campus Founder David H. Murdock, CEO and owner of both Dole Foods and Castle & Cooke, Inc., partnered with the state of North Carolina and personally invested $650 million to develop the campus on the 350-acre site of a former textile mill. Murdock donated land to the city to build a municipal center on campus further reinforcing that the NC Research Campus is a center of science and community.

The Nutrition Research Institute

The Nutrition Research Institute is a branch of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill . With an environment that inspires pioneering research, innovation, and entrepreneurship, UNC Chapel Hill has long been an agent for economic prosperity in North Carolina. Today more than 150 North Carolina companies have spun out of UNC, many from the university's research. They generate more than $7 billion in revenue in the state each year and provide nearly 8,000 jobs to residents and 38,000 jobs worldwide. At the NRI we are proud of our Carolina heritage and to be representing it on the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, NC. Many of our faculty members started at Chapel Hill and have found their callings with the Nutrition Research Institute.

The Gem Theatre

The Gem Theatre originally opened on December 31, 1936. A few years later, in 1942, The Gem Theatre was gutted by fire and the theatre was reduced to ashes.

The theatre was rebuilt in 1948 and featured a beautiful lobby and 916
seats, including the balcony section. The Gem has been open ever since
and is one of the oldest single-screen movie theatre in continuous operation today. The Gem is also one of only a few movie theatres that offers balcony seating.

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Ticket Prices:
Adults $5.00
Kids 2–12 $4.00
Seniors 55+ $4.00

Shows Before 6:00
All Ages $4.00

New ticket prices are effective as of 2/14/2014.

Dale Earnhardt Plaza

109 West A Street

Main Street between A and B Streets

Located on Main Street between A and B Streets, the one-acre Dale Earnhardt Plaza is home to a statue by Arizona sculptor Clyde Ross Morgan honoring Kannapolis hometown hero and racing legend, Dale Earnhardt. The 900-pound, nine-foot-tall bronze statue is surrounded by walkways and gardens. Visitors can also enjoy a granite monument contributed by Earnhardt fans from Vermont and New York.

You can sponsor a brick in Dale Earnhardt Plaza to be a permanent part of the tribute. Download the brick order form .

Dale Earnhardt Tribute Numerology

When you visit Dale Earnhardt Plaza, make sure to note the many symbolic details:

  • The granite base of the statue pedestal is divided into seven sections representing Earnhardt's seven Winston Cup Championships.
  • Seven steps descend into the Plaza from both entrances on Main Street also representing Earnhardt's seven championship victories.
  • Earnhardt's 76 Winston Cup career wins are commemorated by the seat wall around the statue square in the center of the Plaza, which is designed for 76 granite sections. The granite sections are not yet in place, but they are on the fundraising list.
  • The walk around the Plaza is shaped like an oval to represent a racetrack.
  • The azaleas and daylilies around the center seat wall are planted in sets of three.
  • The benches along the oval walk are also grouped in sets of three. Both represent Earnhardt's car number.
  • Eight lights shine on the statue representing the car numbers of Dale's father, Ralph Earnhardt, and his son Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
  • The statue of Earnhardt faces toward his home place and “Idiot's Circle.” Idiot's Circle is the area of town where teens in Dale's day once drove around on the weekends to socialize. Dale is rumored to have learned to drive and turn left there.

The Curb Museum for Motorsports and Music

600 Dale Earnhardt Blvd Kannapolis, NC 28081 (704) 938-6121

The Curb Museum for Motorsports and Music includes the #2 car driven by Dale Earnhardt during his championship season in 1980 and the #43 car driven by Richard Petty for his 199th win. It also honors the many hit records written by Mike Curb, including top songs for artists like the Righteous Brothers, LeAnn Rimes and Tim McGraw.

The North Carolina Music Hall of Fame

109 W A St, Kannapolis, NC 28081
(704) 934-2320

The North Carolina Music Hall of Fame celebrates the past, present and future of North Carolina's music history. The museum pays tribute to those who have dedicated their lives to creating music for the rest of us and includes exhibits of the Charlie Daniels Band, Nina Simone, Chairman of the Board, Clyde McPhatter, Donna Fargo, Thelonius Monk, Victoria Livengood and many more.

Stewart-Haas Racing

Kannapolis, NC 28209

Stewart-Haas Racing is the title-winning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team co-owned by three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart and Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation – the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America. The team fields four entries in the elite Sprint Cup Series – the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet for Stewart, the No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet for Danica Patrick, the No. 4 Budweiser/Jimmy John's Chevrolet for Kevin Harvick and the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet for Kurt Busch. Based in Kannapolis, North Carolina, Stewart-Haas Racing operates out of a 140,000-square-foot facility with approximately 270 employees. For more information, please visit us on the Web at, on Facebook at, on Twitter @StewartHaasRcng and on Google + at

Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart's Stewart-Haas Racing headquarters are located in Kannapolis. Tony's race shop and souvenir store are open Monday through Friday.

The Kannapolis Intimidators

The Kannapolis Intimidators , Class A farm club of the Chicago White Sox, showcase future major league players in Kannapolis throughout the spring, summer and early fall. The intimidators offer great family-friendly atmosphere, great food and promotions and fireworks after select games throughout the season.

The Kannapolis Intimidators are the Class A affiliate in the Chicago White Sox minor league system. Young players generally one year out of high school or college become Kannapolis Intimidators. The White Sox also have affiliates in Bristol, VA (Advanced Rookie), Great Falls, MT (Advanced Rookie), Winston-Salem, NC (A-Advanced), Birmingham, AL (AA), and Charlotte, NC (AAA). The Intimidators have been a White Sox affiliate since the 2001 season.

League Membership
The Intimidators are one of the 14 teams of the Class-A South Atlantic League. The SAL opened its doors with the first season in 1903. The circuit is one of the biggest geographically in Minor League Baseball, including seven states spanning from Lakewood, NJ, to Savannah, GA. The Kannapolis Intimidators play in the Northern Division of the South Atlantic League.

The Intimidators play 140 games in the regular season. The team plays 70 home games at CMC-NorthEast Stadium, welcoming 13 different major league affiliated teams to Kannapolis, NC. The 2013 season runs from April 4 to September 2. The South Atlantic League playoffs begin immediately following the regular season.

The Intimidators call CMC-NorthEast Stadium home. The 4,700-seat facility was built in 1995 and is conveniently located off Interstate 85 at Exit 63. It features six luxury suites with an elevated view of the field, conference room with capacity of 50 with a flat screen TV, sound system, and Power Point presentation capabilities, reserved seat sections with chair backs, general admission bleacher seating, picnic shelter (BB&T Picnic Pavilion) accommodations for more than 500 people, a birthday party pavilion (Cheerwine Birthday Pavilion), and a grassy area down the 3rd base line to accommodate overflow crowds. CMC-NorthEast Stadium also has two fully-equipped concession stands and many other specialty carts on the main concourse. The ballpark's press box and clubhouses are among the finest in the league. Other fixtures of the stadium include a souvenir store (Intimidation Station), a playground area (The Pit Stop Playground) located down the 1st base line, and various games and displays on the concourse level.

The Kannapolis Intimidators are owned and operated by Smith Family Baseball. Brad Smith is the team's President, and Randy Long is the General Manager.

Culture & Events

From summer concerts in Village Park to the Gem Theatre's Modern Film Fest and health and nutrition lectures and film series at the North Carolina Research Campus, there's plenty of do right here in Kannapolis. Check the events calendar often for event announcements. Here's just a sample of annual events in our community:







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