Arvest Ballpark

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Arvest Ballpark
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Location 3000 South 56th Street
Springdale, Arkansas, 72762
Coordinates 36°9′33″N 94°11′42″W / 36.15917°N 94.19500°W / 36.15917; -94.19500
Owner City of Springdale
Operator Rich Baseball Operations
Capacity 7,305[1]
Field size Left Field: 325 feet (99 m)
Center Field: 400 feet (122 m)
Right Field: 325 feet (99 m)
Surface Patriot bermuda overseeded with rye
Construction
Broke ground February 28, 2007
Opened April 10, 2008
Construction cost $50 million
($54.8 million in 2014 dollars[2])
Architect HOK Sport
Structural engineer Thornton Tomasetti[3]
Services engineer Henderson Engineers[4]
General contractor Crossland Construction[5]
Main contractors John McBride Construction Company Inc.[1]
Tenants
Northwest Arkansas Naturals

Arvest Ballpark is a stadium in Springdale, Arkansas. It is primarily used for baseball, as the home of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals of the Texas League. The ballpark has a capacity of 7,305 people and opened in 2008. Arvest Ballpark was designed by the Kansas City architecture firm Populous.[6] Arvest Ballpark was named the 2008 Ballpark of the year by baseballparks.com[7]

History[edit]

Springdale's Mayor Jerre M. Van Hoose and the head of the Chamber of Commerce, Perry Webb, knew what it would take to bring the affiliated Minor Leagues to the area. Not only would they have to find a team willing to move, they would also need to provide them with a better facility than what they would be leaving behind. A referendum was held on July 11, 2006, where local voters approved by a narrow margin the continuation of a one-percent sales tax to fund the ballpark.[7]

Ground for the ballpark was broken on February 27, 2007. Construction was performed by Crossland Construction and completed in April 2008. On September 10, 2007, a naming rights deal was reach with Arvest Bank Group, Inc. of nearby Bentonville, Arkansas,[8] and the new ballpark's official name was introduced as Arvest Ballpark on October 5, 2007.[9]

The first game played at Arvest Ballpark was the 2008 opening day game between the Naturals and the San Antonio Missions on April 10, 2008. The Naturals lost 7 to 1 in front of a sellout crowd of 7,820.[10]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bergeron, Angela (2008). "Feature Story - August 2008". Engineering News-Record (McGraw-Hill). Retrieved September 17, 2011. 
  2. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  3. ^ "Arvest Ballpark". Thornton Tomasetti. Retrieved April 17, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Springdale Minor League Ballpark Phs 6". Reed Construction Data. Retrieved April 17, 2012. 
  5. ^ "8 Projects to Watch in 2008". SportsBusiness Journal (Street's and Smith's). January 21, 2008. Retrieved September 14, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Rich Baseball Announces Wranglers' Move to Springdale for '08". Minor League Baseball. December 15, 2006. Retrieved April 17, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Mock, Joe. "Arvest Ballpark in Northwest Arkansas". Baseball Parks. Retrieved November 10, 2008. 
  8. ^ Jensen, Andrew (September 10, 2007). "Arvest Bank Secures Ballpark Naming Rights". Arkansas Business. Retrieved April 14, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Naturals Stadium Introduced as Arvest Ballpark". Joplin Business Journal. October 5, 2007. Retrieved April 14, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Opening Day Festivities Overshadow Naturals Loss To San Antonio, 7-1". KHBS. Springdale, AR. April 11, 2008. Retrieved February 23, 2014. 

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