Fifth Third Field (Toledo)

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Fifth Third Field
Fifth Third Field, Toledo (logo).jpg
FifthThirdField.jpg
Location 406 Washington Street
Toledo, Ohio 43604
Coordinates 41°38′53.93″N 83°32′20.35″W / 41.6483139°N 83.5389861°W / 41.6483139; -83.5389861Coordinates: 41°38′53.93″N 83°32′20.35″W / 41.6483139°N 83.5389861°W / 41.6483139; -83.5389861
Owner Lucas County
Operator Toledo Mud Hens Baseball Club, Inc.
Capacity 10,300 (8,943 fixed seats)
Field size Left field: 320 ft
Center field: 400 ft
Right field: 320 ft
Surface Natural Grass
Tenants
Toledo Mud Hens (IL) (2002–present)
Construction
Broke ground October 20, 2000[1]
Opened April 9, 2002[5]
Construction cost $39,200,000
($51.4 million in 2014 dollars[2])
Architect HNTB
The Collaborative Inc.
Finkbeiner, Pettis & Strout Inc.
Project manager The Gateway Group[3]
Services engineer H. T. Bernsdorff, Inc[4]
General contractor Lathrop Construction Associates, Inc.[5]

Fifth Third Field is the name of a minor league baseball stadium in Toledo, Ohio. The facility is home to the Toledo Mud Hens, an International League team and the Triple-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers.

The stadiums seats 10,300 and opened in 2002. It hosted the 2006 Triple-A All-Star Game and home run derby. The stadium was named one of the best minor league ballparks in America by Newsweek.[6] In the summer of 2007, ESPN.com rated The Roost section of Fifth Third Field as the best seats to watch a game in minor league baseball.[7]

The Ohio-based Fifth Third Bank purchased the naming rights to the stadium.[8] Fifth Third Bank also holds the naming rights to Fifth Third Field in Dayton, Ohio, Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park, Michigan and Fifth Third Arena on the campus of the University of Cincinnati.

Location[edit]

It is located in downtown Toledo, two blocks from the Maumee River. The new stadium replaced Ned Skeldon Stadium, located in suburban Maumee, Ohio, as the Mud Hens' home. Ned Skeldon Stadium was described as "quaint" or "rustic" and the new park was intended to boost development downtown.[9] A small commercial area has sprung up around the park, centered on St. Clair Street, on the park's southeast side.[10]

The street address is 406 Washington Street. The park is bounded by Washington Street (southwest, first base), North Huron Street (northwest, third base), Monroe Street/Henry Morse Way (northeast, left field) and Msgr. Jerome Schmidt Way/North St. Clair Street (southeast, right field).

The Fifth Third Field is part of a complex that includes the SeaGate Convention Centre and the Huntington Center (formerly known as the Lucas County Arena). The Lucas County Commissioners teamed with HNTB Architecture Inc., a national sports architecture firm located in Kansas City and local architects and landscape architects The Collaborative Inc, of Toledo to design the Mud Hens Stadium.[11]

Features[edit]

  • Fixed seats: 8,943
  • Picnic seats: 776
  • Handicap seats: 86
  • Seats in the "Roost": 282
  • Club Level seats: 1,200
  • Suites: 32[12]

The ballpark's largest crowd occurred during the Mud Hens home opener on April 6, 2012 when 13,227 fans witnessed the Mud Hens defeat the Indianapolis Indians by the score of 5–1.[13]

Scoreboards[edit]

In 2009, the Mud Hens installed new Daktronics ribbon scoreboards along the first base and third base sides of the ballpark. They are in color and can display a variety of graphics, stats, and the game score. Also, the Mud Hens replaced their Fair Play Scoreboards scoreboard and Barco video board with a huge Daktronics video board display in left field which is in color and is a complete matrix board that shows the line score of the game. It is also zoned on the top 70% where it shows the current batter, animations, games and replays. The new Daktronics video board also replaced the Fair Play message board below the old Fair Play scoreboard.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Farr to Join Taft at Hens' Groundbreaking Ritual". Toledo Blade. October 20, 2000. Retrieved September 16, 2011. 
  2. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  3. ^ "Gateway Sports & Recreation". The Gateway Group. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Series 4G Grease Duct Saves Costs and Enhances Look of New Mudhens Stadium". Metal Fabrication, Inc. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Knight, Graham (October 21, 2009). "Fifth Third Field". Baseball Pilgrimages. Retrieved September 16, 2011. 
  6. ^ Starr, Mark (August 5, 2002). "Cheat Sheet: Minor-League Baseball". Newsweek. Retrieved February 15, 2013. 
  7. ^ Pahigian, Josh (May 10, 2008). "The Best of the Minor Leagues". ESPN. Retrieved May 10, 2008. 
  8. ^ Wagner, John (August 18, 2001). "Fifth Third Seals the Deal". Toledo Blade. pp. C1, C5. Retrieved May 16, 2014. 
  9. ^ de Boer, Roberta (January 6, 1999). "Ballpark's Bright Site Named Right". Toledo Blade. p. 12. Retrieved February 15, 2013. 
  10. ^ Eder, Steve (April 15, 2005). "Businesses Flock Near Hens". Toledo Blade. Retrieved February 15, 2013. 
  11. ^ Jones, Mike (February 9, 2000). "Ballpark Design Contracto Up for Vote". Toledo Blade. p. 12. Retrieved May 16, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Fifth Third Field - By the Numbers". Toledo Mud Hens Baseball Club, Inc. February 19, 2010. Retrieved September 22, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Holy Toledo! Opening Day Crowd Sets Record!". Toledo Mud Hens Baseball Club, Inc. April 6, 2012. Retrieved May 12, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Toledo Mud Hens to Reveal New Daktronics Displays for 2009 Season" (Press release). Daktronics. March 19, 2009. Retrieved May 16, 2014. 

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Events and tenants
Preceded by
Ned Skeldon Stadium
Home of the Toledo Mud Hens
2002–present
Succeeded by
current