Fifth Third Field (Toledo)
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|Fifth Third Field|
|Location||406 Washington Street
Toledo, Ohio 43604
|Broke ground||October 20, 2000|
|Opened||April 9, 2002|
|Operator||Toledo Mud Hens Baseball Club, Inc.|
($50.9 million in 2013 dollars)
The Collaborative Inc.
Finkbeiner, Pettis & Strout Inc.
|Project manager||The Gateway Group|
|Services engineer||H. T. Bernsdorff, Inc|
|General contractor||Lathrop Construction Assocaites, Inc.|
|Field dimensions||Left field: 320 ft
Center field: 400 ft
Right field: 320 ft
|Toledo Mud Hens (International League)
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. 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.
The Ohio-based Fifth Third Bank purchased the naming rights to the stadium. 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.
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. A small commercial area has sprung up around the park, centered on St. Clair Street, on the park's southeast side.
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.
- Fixed seats - 8,943
- Picnic seats - 776
- Handicap seats - 86
- Seats in the 'Roost' - 282
- Club Level seats - 1,200
- Suites - 32
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.
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- Virtual tour of Fifth Third Field
- Fifth Third Field views
- ESPN.com's Ten Best Seats in the Minor Leagues
- Fifth Third Field - BallparkReviews.com
|Events and tenants|
Ned Skeldon Stadium
|Home of the
Toledo Mud Hens
2002 – present