Daniel S. Frawley Stadium

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Daniel S. Frawley Stadium
Judy Johnson Field
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Former names Legends Stadium (1993)
Location 801 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, Delaware 19801
Coordinates 39°43′56″N 75°33′52″W / 39.73222°N 75.56444°W / 39.73222; -75.56444Coordinates: 39°43′56″N 75°33′52″W / 39.73222°N 75.56444°W / 39.73222; -75.56444
Broke ground November 1, 1992
Opened April 16, 1993
Expanded 2001[1]
Owner Delaware Stadium Corporation
Operator Delaware Stadium Corporation
Surface Grass
Construction cost $6,100,000
($9.96 million in 2014 dollars[2])
Architect The Design Exchange, Wilmington, DE
Project manager Opening Day Partners
General contractor Minker Construction Company
Capacity 5,911 (1993–2000)
6,532 (2001–present)
Field size Right Field – 325 feet
Center Field – 400 feet
Left Field – 325 feet
Tenants
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.

History[edit]

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. 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.[3]

Amenities[edit]

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.[4] 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.

Other uses[edit]

In 1995 and from 1997–2001, stadium hosted the America East Conference Baseball Tournament. The hosting Delaware Blue Hens won the tournament in each year except for 1997.[5]

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 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Expansion Plans". Delaware Stadium Corporation. 2000. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  2. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  3. ^ Milford, Maureen (March 14, 1993). "Northeast Notebook: Wilmington, Del.; A 'Colosseum' For Baseball". The New York Times. Retrieved August 11, 2013. 
  4. ^ "A-Z Guide". Minor League Baseball. February 7, 2009. Retrieved February 24, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Baseball Record Book". America East Conference. p. 12. Archived from the original on February 12, 2012. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 

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