Consol Energy Park

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Consol Energy Park
"The House of Thrills"
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Falconi Field, now known as CONSOL Energy Park.JPG
Former names Falconi Field
Location 1 Washington Federal Way,
Washington, PA 15301
Coordinates 40°9′15″N 80°17′1″W / 40.15417°N 80.28361°W / 40.15417; -80.28361
Owner Ballpark Scholarships Inc. (2002-2012)
WashCo Ballpark Holdings (2012-present)
Capacity 3,200 (Baseball)
5,000 (Concert)
Field size Left Field — 320 ft
Center Field — 410 ft
Right Field — 320 ft
Surface Artificial Turf
Opened May 29, 2002
Tenants
Washington Wild Things (2002 - Present)
Pennsylvania Rebellion (2014)
California University of Pennsylvania (2002 - Present)
Trinity High School (2001 - Present)
WPIAL Baseball Championships (2002 - Present)
Washington BlueSox (2006 - 2008)
Pittsburgh Riverhounds (2005 - 2006)

Consol Energy Park is a 3,200-seat multi-purpose baseball stadium at exit 15 of Interstate 70[1] in North Franklin Township, a suburb of Washington, Pennsylvania. It hosted its first regular season baseball game on May 29, 2002, as the primary tenants of the facility, the Washington Wild Things, lost to the Canton Coyotes, 3-0. The ballpark also hosts the California University of Pennsylvania Vulcans baseball team. It is the home of the Pennsylvania Rebellion of the National Pro Fastpitch, a women's professional softball league. It also hosts Trinity High School's baseball team and the WPIAL Baseball Championships. It was briefly the home of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds soccer club (who now play at Highmark Stadium) during the 2005 and 2006 seasons. Consol Energy Park is located near Interstate 70 and is one of the only ballparks that includes a hot tub in the viewing stands. Ballpark Scholarships, Inc., a non-profit organization leases the stadium. ProGrass Synthetic Turf was installed in the Fall of 2010.

The stadium was formerly known as Falconi Field until April 12, 2007, when Consol Energy and Washington County Family Entertainment entered a naming rights partnership to rename the complex Consol Energy Park.[1]

History[edit]

In 2001, a 16-member "baseball exploratory committee" led by Leo Trich, member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, helped form a nonprofit group named Ballpark Scholarships Inc. to build a $5.8 million ($7.7 million today) stadium in Washington County. $2 million of the cost of the stadium came in form of taxpayer assistance, while the rest was funded privately. A large amount of the private financing needed to build the stadium came from a generous donation that local businessman, Angelo F. Falconi. The Wild Things made their debut on May 25, 2002 at Falconi Field for an exhibition game against the Johnstown Johnnies.

Trich originally hoped to bring an affiliated Class A minor league team to Washington, however he was unsuccessful. Meanwhile a local group purchased the Canton Crocodiles of the independent Frontier League and moved them to the stadium to begin play as the Washington Wild Things in 2002. The team lost its inaugural game 3-0 to the Canton Coyotes.

The Wild Things rebounded from losing their first game to finish 56-28 and reached the Frontier League championship, which they lost to the Richmond Roosters three games to one. Playoffs included, the Wild Things drew 132,901 to Falconi Field in 2002. The year before the franchise had their games attended by just 29,703 fans in Canton, which is five times the population of Washington.

On April 12, 2007, the stadium's name was changed to CONSOL Energy Park after the Washington County-based coal mining company paid an undisclosed sum as part of a 10-year naming rights agreement. However a plant garden just inside of the main entrance in right field contains a sign thanking Falconi for his contribution in the stadium's construction.

In 2012, WashCo Ballpark Holdings purchased the park from the non-profit Ballpark Scholarships Inc. in a deal that guaranteed that baseball will remain in the park for a decade.[2] Leo Trich played a role in selling the park.[2] At that time, Dermontti Dawson joined the ownership team.[2] The Washington BlueSox played at the stadium from 2006 to 2008 until the team was moved to Butler, Pennsylvania. They also played at Ross Memorial Park and Alexandre Stadium during their tenure in Washington.

Concerts[edit]

Bob Dylan played at Falconi Field in 2006. He returned to the park in 2009, this time with John Mellencamp and Willie Nelson.

On August 25, 2012, the Povertyneck Hillbillies will play a reunion concert at the park. They are a local band who had minor national fame when they signed to the now defunct Rust Records.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.consolenergy.com/Powering/Partnership.aspx
  2. ^ a b c Beveridge, Scott (2012-02-22). "Ballpark bought for $3.9M". Observer-Reporter. Archived from the original on 2012-02-22. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 

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Events and tenants
Preceded by
T.R. Hughes Ballpark
Host of the FL All-Star Game
Falconi Field

2005
Succeeded by
Bosse Field