FirstEnergy Park

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FirstEnergy Park
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Location 2 Stadium Way
Lakewood, NJ 08701
Coordinates 40°4′31″N 74°11′12″W / 40.07528°N 74.18667°W / 40.07528; -74.18667Coordinates: 40°4′31″N 74°11′12″W / 40.07528°N 74.18667°W / 40.07528; -74.18667
Broke ground April 17, 2000[1]
Opened April 6, 2001[2]
Owner Lakewood Development Corporation
Operator Lakewood Development Corporation[3]
Surface Grass
Construction cost $20 million[3]
($25.6 million in 2014 dollars[4])
Architect HNTB
Project manager Hill International[5]
Services engineer Henderson Engineers, Inc.[6]
General contractor Epic Group, Inc.[7]
Capacity 8,000
Field dimensions Left: 325 feet (99 m)
Center: 400 feet (120 m)
Right: 325 feet (99 m)
Tenants
Lakewood BlueClaws (SAL) (2002-present)

FirstEnergy Park is a stadium in Lakewood Township, New Jersey. It is primarily used for baseball and is the home field of the Lakewood BlueClaws single A minor league baseball team, affiliated with the Philadelphia Phillies Major League Baseball team. It is also used for outdoor concerts, featuring touring musical artists such as Bob Dylan. It was built in 2001 and has 6,588 seats and seats 8,000 with berm seating.[8]

History[edit]

The team attendance record is 13,003, set on August 26, 2002. FirstEnergy Park has held 13 crowds over 9,000 and 81 crowds over 8,000 in just eight years of play.

Recently, it was announced that FirstEnergy Park is featured in Baseball America's 2009 Great Parks calendar. It is the second time that the home of the Lakewood BlueClaws was highlighted in the calendar.[9]

Features[edit]

The ballpark features two general admission, grass seating areas, one in left field and another in right, 20 luxury suites, two party decks, three picnic areas, and a full video scoreboard, with a 23' x 23' video board that can play over 4.4 trillion shades of color in high definition.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shamlin, Wilford S. (April 18, 2000). "Lakewood Builds It; Hopes Fans Will Come". Ashbury Park Press. Retrieved September 16, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Claws' Comeback Falls Short". Ashbury Park Press. April 7, 2001. Retrieved September 16, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Coming Attractions". SportsBusiness Journal. May 8, 2000. Retrieved September 14, 2011. 
  4. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  5. ^ "Sports Facilities". Hill International. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Sports/Recreation". Henderson Engineers, Inc. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  7. ^ "GPU Energy Park". Epic Group, Inc. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  8. ^ "BlueClaws Cap Crowds at 8,000". Minor League Baseball. March 5, 2012. Retrieved August 11, 2013. 
  9. ^ Hill, Benjamin (February 12, 2009). "At Home With the BlueClaws". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved June 10, 2010. 
  10. ^ Merzbach, Brian. "FirstEnergy Park Lakewood, New Jersey". Ballpark Reviews. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 

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