Baseball Park (Perth)
Baseball Park, 2007
|Location||Cnr of Wilfred and Nicholson Roads, Thornlie, Perth, Western Australia|
|Owner||West Australian Government|
|Field size||Left field - 335 feet (102 m)
Left-centre - 370 feet (113 m)
Centre field - 400 feet (122 m)
Right-centre - 370 feet (113 m)
Right field - 335 feet (102 m)
|Surface||Semi-Skinned Gravel, with Grass.|
|Construction cost||Stage 1 A$2.7million
Stage 2 A$200,000
Baseball Park, also known as Barbagallo Ballpark for sponsorship reasons, is home to baseball in Western Australia. It was built in 2004, with a seating capacity of about 500 and standing room for a further 3,500. This is the first baseball-exclusive stadium in Perth since the demolition of Parry Field in the mid-1990s. Baseball Park was the venue of the 2007 Claxton Shield, which ran from 19 to 27 January 2007.
Stage 2 development
Baseball Park underwent further expansion in 2007 in preparation for a new Australian Baseball League, which was originally intended to start in late 2007. The upgrades provided increased corporate facilities and public seating. In 2010, the facility underwent further upgrades between the end of the 2009-2010 Claxton Shield season and the start of the ABL, which began in November 2010. The upgrades included a new, permanent, terraced bar, a batter's eye in centre field and an electronic scoreboard, while the outfield fences were also brought in to help fix the shortage of home runs at the venue in previous Claxton Shield seasons. Furthermore, an enclosed members area, numbered seats, an improved playing surface, upgraded corporate boxes, fences around the terraces and a new gameday office building were part of the improvements.