Dwyer Stadium

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Dwyer Stadium
Location 299 Bank Street
Batavia, New York 14020
Coordinates 43°00′33″N 78°10′43″W / 43.009174°N 78.178722°W / 43.009174; -78.178722Coordinates: 43°00′33″N 78°10′43″W / 43.009174°N 78.178722°W / 43.009174; -78.178722
Broke ground 1995
Opened June 24, 1996[1]
Owner City of Batavia
Operator Genesee County Baseball Club
Surface Grass
Construction cost $3 million
($4.51 million in 2014 dollars[2])
Architect Highland Associates[3]
Capacity 2,600
Field size Left Field: 325 feet
Center Field: 400 feet
Right Field: 325 feet
Tenants
Batavia Muckdogs (NYPL) (1996–Present)

Dwyer Stadium is a 2,600 capacity stadium in Batavia, New York, situated in Genesee County. Dwyer opened in 1996 replacing the original stadium that was built in 1937, the playing field at Dwyer is the original. The stadium is currently home to the Batavia Muckdogs - Class-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins; Genesee Community College Cougars - NJCAA; and high school teams the Notre Dame of Batavia Fighting Irish and Batavia Blue Devils.

History[edit]

The grandstand and surrounding structure of Dwyer Stadium may be new but the field and area hold over 70 years of professional baseball history. Originally built in 1939 the stadium underwent three names and stood until 1995 when being replaced by the new stadium, keeping the previous name.

State Street Park (1939-WWII)[edit]

State Street Park was built in 1939 and employed 17 local workers to construct. During the first season of play the stadium went unfinished and a snow fence had to be placed for each game to act as the outfield wall while chairs had to be borrowed from a local mortuary for seating. The works project continued through the first season but did not deter fans as 3,000, still a record for Batavia, attended the first game of professional baseball at State Street Park.

MacArthur Stadium (WWII-1972)[edit]

During World War II the name was changed to MacArthur Stadium after General Douglas MacArthur in an act of patriotism.

Dwyer Stadium (Original - 1973-1995)[edit]

Before the 1973 season the stadium found its final name, Dwyer Stadium, after Edward D. Dwyer, a long time team president that was instrumental in keeping the team in Batavia. The stadium was a wooden and covered grandstand that was famous in old time ballparks.

Dwyer Stadium (1996–present)[edit]

In 1995, it was officially announced Batavia would be getting a new 3 million-dollar stadium on the same location; the field would remain intact while the grandstand and seating would be torn down and replaced. Auburn and Batavia each got a stadium that was almost carbon copies of one another. The old Dwyer Stadium still has its place in the new stadium as the original Wall of Fame is still present behind the first base bleachers.

Usage[edit]

Dwyer Stadium is primarily used for baseball, though has also been home to area youth football as well throughout its history. Dwyer is the home field of the Batavia Muckdogs minor league baseball team, Short-Season Class-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins and also hosts college games during the spring and fall for the Genesee Community College Cougars as well as local high school games in the spring.

Empire State Yankees[edit]

During the 2012 season the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees, were scheduled to play seven games at Dwyer Stadium as the Yankees home stadium PNC Field in Moosic, Pennsylvania underwent renovations. Before the scheduled games the New York Yankees made improvements to the infield and pitchers mound as well as the clubhouse. Due to weather conditions only four Triple-A games were played at Dwyer.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.toonathecat.net/ulb/news/html/teams/team_375_schedule_6.html
  2. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  3. ^ "American's for Disabilities Act Requirements". City of Batavia. July 14, 1995. Retrieved June 2, 2014. 

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