Hangar (Lancaster, California)
Lancaster Municipal Stadium (1996-2004)Clear Channel Stadium (2005-2012)
|Location||45116 Valley Central Way, Lancaster, CA 93536|
|Broke ground||September 6, 1995|
|Opened||April 16, 1996|
|Owner||City of Lancaster|
|Operator||Clutch Play Baseball LLC.|
|Surface||85,000 square feet (7,900 m2) of high-grade sports turf|
|Construction cost||$14.5 million
($21.6 million in 2013 dollars)
|General contractor||Pinner Construction Company|
|Capacity||4,600 permanent stadium seats|
|Field dimensions||Left Field - 350 ft (110 m)
Left-Center Power Alley - 385 ft (117 m)
Center Field - 410 ft (120 m)
Right-Center Power Alley - 385 ft (117 m)
Right Field - 350 ft (110 m)
Backstop - 50 ft (15 m)
|Lancaster JetHawks (1996-present)|
The Hangar, formerly known as Lancaster Municipal Stadium and Clear Channel Stadium, is a stadium in Lancaster, California. It is built just off California State Route 14. It is primarily used for baseball, and is the home field of the Lancaster JetHawks minor league baseball team of the California League. It was built in 1996 and was known as the Lancaster Municipal Stadium. In 2005, Clear Channel Communications entered into a 10-year, $770,000 naming rights deal with the JetHawks and the City of Lancaster. The City of Lancaster and the JetHawks will divide the revenue from the deal equally. The deal runs through the 2014 season. However, the signage stating Clear Channel Stadium was removed during the 2012 season and the stadium is now known as The Hangar, its nickname since the stadium opened in 1996.
Because of the area's aerospace legacy, the stadium has a NASA F/A-18 Hornet mounted on display at the front entrance. It is one of the premier facilities in minor league baseball. The $14.5 million facility offers luxury skyboxes, a video message board, and an old-fashioned manual scoreboard. The stadium's seating capacity is listed at 6,860, but can accommodate over 7,000 fans and features slightly over 4,600 permanent full chair stadium seats. Two expansive grass berm general admission areas are available when all seats are sold out.
The stadium is also used to accommodate special events such as local high school graduations and charity softball games. Before the Lancaster JetHawks start their new season in April, they play an exhibition game against the local Antelope Valley College Marauders baseball team.
Green Energy Project of Lancaster
On December 19, 2010, Ballpark Digest.com reported that the Lancaster JetHawks are expected to save some green—to the tune of $48K—this coming season after the installation of solar panels on a ballpark carport will supply 98 percent of Clear Channel Stadium's electricity needs on a typical game night. The installation is part of a city-wide emphasis on solar energy from civic structures. At the ballpark, 1,500 solar panels will be installed on a 700-foot (210 m)-long carport beside the ballpark, well outside of foul-ball range. The electricity generated by the 340-kilowatt panel system will supply 98 percent of the power needed to run the ballpark, including the ballpark lights, and should save the owners of the JetHawks some $48,000 per year in utility costs. “The entire Lancaster community has embraced the city’s mission to become the alternative energy capitol of the world, and as the first minor league team in California to go solar, we’re happy to do our part,” said JetHawks owner Peter Carfagna.
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