|Location||35300 Vine Street
Eastlake, OH 44095
|Broke ground||May 9, 2002|
|Opened||April 10, 2003|
|Owner||City of Eastlake|
|Operator||Lake County Captains Baseball Club|
|Construction cost||$22 million
($27.9 million in 2013 dollars)
|Project manager||Ozanne Construction Company|
|Structural engineer||MC Engineers, Inc.|
|Services engineer||CT Consultants, Inc.|
|General contractor||Turner Construction|
|Field dimensions||Left Field: 320 ft (98 m)
Center Field: 400 ft (122 m)
Right Field: 320 ft (98 m)
|Lake County Captains (2003-present)|
Classic Park is a stadium in Eastlake, Ohio, in suburban Cleveland. It is primarily used for baseball, and is the home field of the Lake County Captains minor league baseball team. It was built in 2003 at a cost of $22 million and holds 7,273 people.
Although not immediately apparent to non-locals, the stadium bears a corporate name. The naming rights were purchased by Classic Automotive Group, a large Cleveland-area chain of auto dealerships owned by Jim Brown.
In order to construct Classic Park, Eastlake, Ohio assumed $1 million in debt. This debt necessitated cuts in public services, including the laying off of five police officers and a reduction in the scope of police services.
The field was voted as the Best Playing Surface in the South Atlantic League in 2003, 2004 and 2007. Other features include a 4,000-square foot indoor batting facility with two full-sized batting cages. The main clubhouse building is located beyond the right-field corner and houses both the Captains and visiting teams. Each clubhouse features offices for the manager and coaching staff, a training room, and laundry facilities.
On August 13, 2008 the concessions manager, Adam New, was arrested for stealing upwards of $70,000 from a previous employer, adding to further turmoil at Classic Park.
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