Bicentennial Park (Allentown)

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Bicentennial Park
Full name Earl F. Hunsicker Bicentennial Park
Former names Fairview Field (1939-1970s)
Location Lehigh and South Howard streets Allentown, Pennsylvania USA
Coordinates 40°35′15″N 75°28′32″W / 40.587506°N 75.475522°W / 40.587506; -75.475522Coordinates: 40°35′15″N 75°28′32″W / 40.587506°N 75.475522°W / 40.587506; -75.475522
Owner LANTA
Capacity 4600
Surface Grass and Clay
Construction
Opened 1939
Renovated 1976
General contractor Alvin Butz's Construction Company
Tenants
Allentown Dukes (1939)
Allentown Fleetwings (1940-1943)
Allentown Cardinals (1944-1948)
Allentown Ambassadors (1997-2003)
Philadelphia Force (2006-present)

Bicentennial Park is a stadium in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The park, officially named Earl F. Hunsicker Bicentennial Park, is primarily used for baseball and softball.

The ballpark opened in 1939 as Fairview Field, home to the Allentown Dukes, a Boston Braves Minor League farm team. The next year, the Dukes were replaced by the Allentown Fleetwings, which were affiliated with the St. Louis Cardinals. The team was renamed the Allentown Cardinals in 1944 and moved to Breadon Field, a new ballpark just north of the city in Whitehall Township, in 1948.[1]

Fairview Field was renovated in the mid-1970s and re-opened as Bicentennial Park in 1976. The ballpark, which seats 4,600, hosted the Allentown Ambassadors professional baseball team from 1997 to 2003.[2] It is currently the home of the Philadelphia Force of National Pro Fastpitch at the Elite Championship Tournament Baseball (ECTB) Stadium.[3]

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