Fluor Field at the West End

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Fluor Field at the West End
Little Fenway
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Former names West End Field (2006–2008)
Location 945 South Main Street
Greenville, SC 29601
Coordinates 34°50′32″N 82°24′30″W / 34.8422°N 82.4082°W / 34.8422; -82.4082Coordinates: 34°50′32″N 82°24′30″W / 34.8422°N 82.4082°W / 34.8422; -82.4082
Broke ground May 28, 2005[1]
Opened April 6, 2006
Owner Greenville Drive, LLC
Operator Greenville Drive, LLC
Construction cost $15 million
($17.5 million in 2014 dollars[2])
Architect DLR Group
Structural engineer Haris Engineering[3]
General contractor EMJ Corp.[4]
Capacity 5,700 seats
Field size Left Field: 310 feet
Left-Center Field: 379 feet
Center Field: 390 feet
Deep Center Field: 420 feet
Deep Right Field: 380 feet
Right Field: 302 feet
Left-Field Wall: 33 feet
Tenants
Greenville Drive (SAL) (2006–present)
Southern Conference Baseball Tournament (2009, 2012)

Fluor Field at the West End is a 5,700-seat baseball-only stadium in Greenville, South Carolina that opened on April 6, 2006. Designed by architectural firm DLR Group, it was built as a new home of the Greenville Drive baseball team, the A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.

Features[edit]

Fluor Field nearly replicates the dimensions of Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox. The ballpark has its own "Green Monster" replica, a 30-foot high wall in left field as opposed to the 37-foot one found at Fenway, and contains a manual scoreboard. Every other dimension is to the same specifications as Fenway Park, including "Pesky’s Pole" in right field. Other than the tribute to Fenway, Fluor Field also pays tribute to the Greenville area as the ballpark's nostalgic look utilizes reclaimed bricks from local mills. As is the tradition in Fenway Park, Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" is sung in the middle of the eighth inning.[5]

In 2007, the Greenville Drive privately funded the enhancement of Fluor Field at a cost of approximately $1.5 million. One of these enhancements include a display regarding Greenville's baseball heritage with information about players who were either born or played in the upstate region.[6]

On Tuesday, February 26, 2008 the stadium was officially renamed to Fluor Field at the West End.[7] The field was named for Fluor Corporation, a major local employer.

Events[edit]

The field hosted the 2009 and 2013 Southern Conference Baseball Tournaments.[8][9]

Ballpark attractions[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • Nickname: Little Fenway.
  • First Pitch: Phil Seibel, on April 6, 2006 at 7:35 pm.
  • First Hit: Jesús Soto, on April 6, 2006, in the 4th inning.
  • First Drive Hit: Jeff Natale, April 6, 2006, in the 4th inning.
  • First Home run: Jesús Soto, April 6, 2006, in the 4th inning.
  • First Drive Home run: Jeff Natale, April 6, 2006, in the 4th inning.
  • Highest Season Attendance: The 2012 season drew over 350,000 attendees

References[edit]

  1. ^ Howle, Julie (May 29, 2005). "Baseball Fans May Get a Taste of Fenway". The Greenville News. p. B15. Retrieved May 30, 2014. 
  2. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  3. ^ "Sports Projects". Haris Engineering. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  4. ^ Spanberg, Erik (August 21, 2006). "City Loves Its Little Monster". SportsBusiness Journal. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  5. ^ McGranahan, Ed (April 6, 2006). "Batter Up!! Former Red Sox Lefty to Take the Mound in Drive's Home Opener". The Greenville News. p. C1. Retrieved May 30, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Fluor Field". Minor League Baseball. March 11, 2009. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Drive Award Ballpark Naming Rights". Minor League Baseball. February 26, 2008. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Southern Conference 2009 Baseball Championship". Southern Conference. Archived from the original on February 12, 2012. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  9. ^ "2012 Southern Conference Baseball Championship". Southern Conference. Archived from the original on February 12, 2012. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 

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