Chukchansi Park

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Chukchansi Park
Chukchansi.jpg
Former names Grizzlies Stadium
Location 1800 Tulare Street
Fresno, California 93721
Coordinates 36°43′56″N 119°47′26″W / 36.7321°N 119.7905°W / 36.7321; -119.7905Coordinates: 36°43′56″N 119°47′26″W / 36.7321°N 119.7905°W / 36.7321; -119.7905
Owner City of Fresno
Operator Fresno Sports Management, LLC.[1]
Executive suites 33
Capacity 12,500
Field size Left field: 324 ft (99 m)
Center field: 402 ft (123 m)
Right field: 335 ft (102 m)
Surface Grass
Construction
Broke ground August 8, 2000[2]
Opened May 1, 2002
Construction cost $46 million
($60.3 million in 2014 dollars[3])
Architect HOK Sport
Project manager Huber, Hunt & Nichols[1]
Structural engineer Advanced Structural Design, Inc.[4]
Services engineer Bredson & Associates, Inc.[5]
General contractor Mauldin-Dorfmeier[1]
Tenants
Fresno Grizzlies (PCL) (2002–present)
Fresno Fuego (USLPDL) (2007–present)

Chukchansi Park, formerly Grizzlies Stadium, is a city-owned baseball stadium located in Fresno, California, completed in 2002 as the home for the Pacific Coast League, Fresno Grizzlies. In September 2006, Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino, affiliated with the Chukchansi tribe, announced it would be the premier corporate sponsor for Grizzlies Stadium, in a 15-year, US$16 million deal. The first game was May 1, 2002. Located in downtown Fresno, it is to be an anchor in the rehabilitation of the area, as other commercial development is planned in the Central Business District Loop.

Design[edit]

The stadium was designed by Populous, the firm responsible for many of today's sports stadiums like Oriole Park at Camden Yards, PETCO Park, Comerica Park and AT&T Park in San Francisco.

The $46 million facility seats 12,500, with left field dimensions of 324 ft (99 m); center field, 402 ft (123 m); and right field, 335 ft (102 m). The ballpark features 600 club seats and 32 luxury suites[6]

The stadium's current tenants are the Pacific Coast League: Fresno Grizzlies (2002–present), and the USL Premier Development League: Fresno Fuego (2007–present), and is also used for soccer, music concerts, motocross events, and high school football.

Attendance records[edit]

The stadium's attendance record was set on June 27, 2012 when Chukchansi Park hosted an exhibition soccer game between Mexican soccer clubs América and Chiapas of the Primera División, in front of a crowd of 16,125 fans;[7] breaking the previous record set on March 26, 2008 when the Grizzlies played their parent club, the San Francisco Giants, in an exhibition game in front of 14,084 fans.[8]

On May 11, 2012, the Grizzlies fell to the Iowa Cubs in front of 14,023 fans, which is the largest regular season crowd in franchise history.[9]

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Stadiums Under Construction". SportsBusiness Journal. March 4, 2002. Retrieved September 14, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Site Work at Stadium to Begin". The Fresno Bee. August 8, 2000. Retrieved February 6, 2012. 
  3. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  4. ^ "Specialty Projects". Advanced Structural Design, Inc. Retrieved September 14, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Pro Baseball Sports Facilities". Bredson & Associates, Inc. Archived from the original on April 10, 2002. Retrieved August 8, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Facilities: Grizzlies Stadium". SportsBusiness Journal. May 13, 2002. Retrieved February 20, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Stadium Record 16,000+ Pack Mexican Club Soccer Match at Chukchansi Park". The Fresno Bee. June 27, 2012. Retrieved June 27, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Grizzlies Set Attendance Record". Minor League Baseball. March 27, 2008. Retrieved February 20, 2014. 
  9. ^ Warszawski, Marek (May 11, 2012). "Record Crowd Sees Fresno Grizzlies Fall to Iowa". The Fresno Bee. Retrieved May 23, 2012. 

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Events and tenants
Preceded by
Pete Beiden Field
Home of the
Fresno Grizzlies

2002–present
Succeeded by
current