|Location||3000 South 56th Street
Springdale, Arkansas, 72762
|Broke ground||February 28, 2007|
|Opened||April 10, 2008|
|Owner||City of Springdale|
|Operator||Rich Baseball Operations|
|Surface||Patriot bermuda overseeded with rye|
|Construction cost||$50 million
($54.2 million in 2013 dollars)
|Architect||Populous (formerly HOK Sport)|
|Structural engineer||Thornton Tomasetti|
|Services engineer||Henderson Engineers|
|General contractor||Crossland Construction|
|Main contractors||John McBride Construction Company Inc.|
|Field dimensions||Left Field: 325 feet (99 m)
Center Field: 400 feet (122 m)
Right Field: 325 feet (99 m)
|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 HOK (now known as Populous). Arvest Ballpark was named the 2008 Ballpark of the year by baseballparks.com
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.
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, and the new ballpark's official name was introduced as Arvest Ballpark on October 5, 2007.
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.
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