Daniel S. Frawley Stadium
|Judy Johnson Field|
|Former names||Legends Stadium (1993)|
|Location||801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, Delaware 19801
|Owner||Delaware Stadium Corporation|
|Operator||Delaware Stadium Corporation|
|Field size||Right Field – 325 feet
Center Field – 400 feet
Left Field – 325 feet
|Broke ground||November 1, 1992|
|Opened||April 16, 1993|
($9.96 million in 2015 dollars)
|Architect||The Design Exchange, Wilmington, DE|
|Project manager||Opening Day Partners|
|General contractor||Minker Construction Company|
|Wilmington Blue Rocks (CL) (1993–present)
AEC Tournament (1995, 1997–2001)
Daniel S. Frawley Stadium is a stadium in Wilmington, Delaware. It is primarily used for baseball, and is the home field of the Wilmington Blue Rocks minor league baseball team. The park was originally known as Legends Stadium when it was built in 1993. It was renamed in 1994 for Wilmington mayor Daniel S. Frawley, who had pushed for a return of the Blue Rocks. The field is named separately for Judy Johnson, a local Negro league baseball star.
The stadium was designed by architect Trish England, head of Design Exchange, who had previously designed dozens of commercial buildings in Delaware. Construction began on November 1, 1992 and was headed by contractor Matthew Minker, a part owner of the team. Mechanical, Plumbing and Electrical systems for the stadium were designed by Richard C. Sokoloski, P.E., who has provided engineering services for most of the commercial buildings along the Wilmington Riverfront. The 20-acre (81,000 m2) stadium site was once part of a Christina River shipbuilding operation. In 1986, the 86-acre (350,000 m2) Dravo Shipyard, with several buildings, was bought by Verino Pettinaro, a local contractor, for a little more than $1 million. Mr. Pettinaro sold 6 acres (24,000 m2) for the stadium to the Delaware Stadium Corporation for $300,000. The Delaware Stadium Corporation, a city and state entity, has owned the stadium since its construction.
The stadium seats 6,532 people. The Blue Rocks have a picnic area in the stadium named the Blue Moose Grill and a gift shop, The Quarry. A formerly abandoned building across the street has been renovated to be similar to Camden Yards. The facility is administered by the Delaware Stadium Corporation.
The Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame has exhibit space through an entrance on the outside of the stadium. The stadium has also held many concerts, including Wilco, the Beach Boys, the Steve Miller Band, and recently the Round the Bases Tour, which featured Counting Crows, Live, and Collective Soul. Starting in 2008, the Delaware Indo-American festival was held at the site.
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Daniel S. Frawley Stadium.|
- Official Team website
- Delaware Stadium Corporation website
- Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame website
- Judy Johnson Field at Daniel S. Frawley Stadium Views – Ball Parks of the Minor Leagues
- Ballparkreviews.com entry