Canal Park (Akron, Ohio)

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Canal Park
Canal Park
Location 300 South Main Street
Akron, Ohio 44308
Coordinates 41°04′41″N 81°31′20″W / 41.077924°N 81.522202°W / 41.077924; -81.522202Coordinates: 41°04′41″N 81°31′20″W / 41.077924°N 81.522202°W / 41.077924; -81.522202
Broke ground January 5, 1996
Opened April 10, 1997
Owner City of Akron
Operator Akron Professional Baseball Inc.
Surface Grass
Construction cost $32 million
($47 million in 2014 dollars[1])
Architect Populous (HOK Sport)
Project manager H. R. Gray[2]
Structural engineer DLZ, Inc.[3]
Services engineer Bredson & Associates, Inc.[4]
General contractor Summit Construction Co., Inc.
Capacity 9,447 (7,630 fixed seats)
"expandable" to 12,500[5]
Field size Left Field: 331 feet
Left Center: 376 feet
Center Field: 400 feet
Right Center: 375 feet
Right Field: 337 feet
Tenants
Akron RubberDucks (1997–present) (EL)
Former scoreboard display at Canal Park before installation of the new HD videoboard put in in 2013.

Canal Park is a baseball stadium located in Akron, Ohio, United States, that is the home of the Akron RubberDucks of the Eastern League. The team is a double-A minor-league affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. The stadium was designed by Populous, the same architectural firm that designed Jacobs Field, the Indians' stadium that opened three years earlier. The stadium takes its name from its location adjacent to the Ohio and Erie Canal, which runs behind the left-field wall.

Features[edit]

The stadium is designed as a single deck with the concourse at the top. All seats for RubberDucks games are sold for one price, regardless of number of rows from the field, except for right-field bleacher seating which is one dollar less. Seats extend all the way from one foul pole to the other (farther than most other parks at this level), and most sections contain 20 to 25 rows, although they taper to as little as five in the corners.

A series of 25 luxury boxes, and the press box, covers the concourse and the top few rows of seats from first base around to third base. The walkway down the right-field line is also covered, and contains a restaurant and the RubberDucks' team shop. A picnic berm in left field is available for pre-game rental by groups of 24 or more.[6]

During the 2006 Akron Aeros season, the team celebrated its 10th season in Canal Park with several events.

Aside from Akron RubberDucks baseball, Canal Park will occasionally host special events such as local high school and college baseball, and the Akron Marathon.

Scoreboard[edit]

In August 2006, the park completed the installation of a new 18'x25' digital scoreboard to replace the original board with light bulbs. The new board has full color animation capacity and features a four color matrix display. The $386,000 project was originally expected to be completed in early July.[7] The entire scoreboard measures 56¼'x68' and is the largest free-standing scoreboard in minor league baseball.

In January 2013, The Aeros' new management announced plans to install a new scoreboard which will be 26ft high and 68ft wide and would cost $1.65 million. The scoreboard was completed in time for the start of the 2013 season, as well as a new smaller outfield display board near the picnic tables.[8]

RubberDucks baseball[edit]

Win-loss records[edit]

Below is a list of season-by-season records for the Akron Aeros/RubberDucks at Canal Park:

In each season, the Aeros/RubberDucks have been a member of the Eastern League and served as the Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.

Canal Park main entrance

Attendance[edit]

Season Total attendance League rank Total Aeros/RubberDucks openings Average attendance per Aeros/RubberDucks opening
Average attendance per Eastern League opening
(not including Aeros/RubberDucks openings)
1997 473,232 1st 71 (approx.) 6,665 4,260
1998 521,122 1st 71 (approx.) 7,340 4,334
1999 522,459 1st 71 (approx.) 7,359 4,954
2000 481,060 1st 71 (approx.) 6,775 4,147
2001 485,582 1st 71 (approx.) 6,839 4,294
2002 400,187 3rd 71 (approx.) 5,636 4,284
2003 445,603 2nd 71 (approx.) 6,276 4,128
2004 478,611 1st 71 (approx.) 6,741 4,399
2005 455,056 2nd 71 (approx.) 6,409 4,468
2006 412,995 3rd 71 (approx.) 5,817 4,353
2007 355,376 6th 64 5,553 4,831
2008 342,816 7th 67 5,117 4,570

References[edit]

  1. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  2. ^ "Canal Park Baseball Stadium". H. R. Gray. Retrieved September 24, 2011. 
  3. ^ "DLZ Architecture". Summit County Parks Architectural Services. Retrieved September 24, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Pro Baseball Sports Facilities". Bredson & Associates, Inc. Archived from the original on April 10, 2002. Retrieved August 8, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Facts and Figures". Akron Aeros. Archived from the original on July 14, 2005. Retrieved September 24, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Picnics". Akron Aeros. January 19, 2013. Retrieved May 26, 2014. 
  7. ^ Storm, Stephanie (April 7, 2006). "Canal Park to Get New Scoreboard". Akron Beacon Journal. Retrieved February 23, 2014. 
  8. ^ "New Restaurant Coming to Canal Park". Minor League Baseball. October 25, 2013. Retrieved February 23, 2014. 

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