Frontier Field

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Frontier Field
Frontier Field.jpg
Location One Morrie Silver Way
Rochester, NY 14608
Coordinates 43°9′29.76″N 77°37′11.26″W / 43.1582667°N 77.6197944°W / 43.1582667; -77.6197944Coordinates: 43°9′29.76″N 77°37′11.26″W / 43.1582667°N 77.6197944°W / 43.1582667; -77.6197944
Owner Monroe County, NY
Operator Rochester Community Baseball, Inc.
Capacity 10,840 (~13,500 SRO)
Field size Left field: 335 feet (102 m)
Center field: 402 feet (123 m)
Right field: 322 feet (98 m)
Surface Grass
Construction
Broke ground November 16, 1994[1]
Opened July 11, 1996
Construction cost $35.3 million
($53.1 million in 2014 dollars[2])
Architect Ellerbe Becket
Project manager Flaum Management Company[3]
Structural engineer Sear-Brown Group Inc.[3]
General contractor Christa Construction Corporation[3]
Tenants
Rochester Raging Rhinos (USL-1) (1996–2005)
Rochester Red Wings (IL) (1997–present)
Empire State Yankees (IL) (2012)
Rochester Rattlers (MLL) (2001–2002)

Frontier Field is a baseball stadium located at One Morrie Silver Way in downtown Rochester, New York. The park opened in 1996, replacing Silver Stadium in northern Rochester, which had been home to professional baseball in Rochester since 1929. Although the stadium was built for baseball, Frontier Field has had several tenants in numerous sports, including the Rochester Raging Rhinos of the USL First Division from 1996 to 2005, the Rochester Rattlers of Major League Lacrosse from 2001 to 2002, and the Rochester Red Wings of the International League since 1997. The ballpark seats 10,840 spectators for baseball.[4]

Telecommunications company Frontier has held the naming rights to the ballpark since its opening in 1996. Frontier Field hosted the Triple-A All-Star Game on July 12, 2000.

History[edit]

Ground was broken on Frontier Field in November 1994. The stadium, designed by Ellerbe Becket, opened on July 11, 1996. Although Frontier Field was always intended to be primarily a baseball facility, it was constructed to be able to accommodate the Rochester Raging Rhinos soccer team as well.

Frontier Field, including the Rochester skyline to the southeast.

After the Rhinos left Frontier Field for PAETEC Park in 2005, the Rochester Red Wings became the sole full-time tenant at Frontier Field. As a result, the Wings made upgrades to the park to make the stadium a better baseball facility. The first notable upgrade, the installation of a new 24-foot (7.3 m) by 32-foot (9.8 m) video scoreboard in left field, was completed in time for the 2006 season. Originally, a new grass turf was to be installed following the 2006 season to replace the grass that has been beat up over the years from extensive use in baseball, soccer, and lacrosse.[5] No such replacement was made for 2007, but work commenced following that season and a new grass surface with an improved drainage system was installed prior to the 2008 season.[6]

Naming rights to the stadium were purchased by Frontier, the primary telephone company in Rochester, for $3.5 million over 20 years in 1996.[6]

Events[edit]

Top: Summertime Red Wings Baseball, Bottom: Wintertime RIT Tigers men's ice hockey during the 2013 Frozen Frontier event

The first event at Frontier Field was a concert by The Beach Boys on July 11, 1996.[7] The facility also hosted the 1996 Drum Corps Associates World Championships on August 31st, 1996.[8] The first sporting event was contested the following night as the Rochester Raging Rhinos played the Montreal Impact in an American Professional Soccer League (original A-League) regular season match. Rochester won 3–2 in front of an A-League record 14,717 fans.[9] The first baseball game at the stadium was the 1997 Rochester Red Wings home opener against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons on April 11, 1997. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre won 8–5.[7]

The Rhinos played briefly at the University of Rochester's Fauver Stadium before moving to Frontier Field during their inaugural 1996 season. The Rhinos played at Frontier until 2005, when the team moved to the soccer-specific PAETEC Park (now Sahlen's Stadium) three blocks northwest of Frontier Field.

The Red Wings moved from Silver Stadium to Frontier Field at the conclusion of the 1996 International League season. Currently, the Red Wings are the sole full-time tenant at Frontier Field and thus the stadium is now used exclusively for baseball and special events.

The Rochester Rattlers of Major League Lacrosse played at Frontier from 2001 to 2002, when the team moved to Bishop Kearney High School. They moved again to then-PAETEC Park in 2006.


Frontier Field hosted the Triple-A All-Star Game on July 12, 2000 with a sellout crowd of 12,810 on hand.[10]

Frozen Frontier

The Frozen Frontier started on December 13, 2013. A sheet of ice was set up on the field and the Rochester Americans played the Lake Erie Monsters in an AHL game.[11]

Attendance records[edit]

On May 6, 2012, a regular season record crowd of 13,584 fans were in attendance to witness Andy Pettitte make a start for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees against the Pawtucket Red Sox. The game was originally supposed to be played at Dwyer Stadium in Batavia, New York but was moved due to a high demand of tickets.[12]

On May 18, 2013, the Pepsi Max Field of Dreams Game saw a crowd of 13,718. Local resident Johnny Perotti and his family played alongside players including Frank Thomas, Rickey Henderson, Johnny Bench, Mike Schmidt, Ozzie Smith, Reggie Jackson, and others.

The largest crowd to witness a baseball game at the stadium was when the Red Wings faced their then parent organization, the Baltimore Orioles, in an exhibition game attended by 13,723 persons on July 10, 1997.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Breaking New Ground -- Frontier Field". Rochester Telephone Corporation. December 9, 1994. Retrieved September 22, 2011. 
  2. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "Frontier Field". Ellerbe Becket. Retrieved September 19, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Meet the Red Wings". Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester). April 5, 2007. Retrieved July 11, 2007. 
  5. ^ Office of the Monroe County Executive (March 11, 2006). "Brooks, Robach and Alesi Join Red Wings to Announce Improvements to Frontier Field". Rochester Community Baseball, Inc. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved March 3, 2009. 
  6. ^ a b "Appendix 1.1 to Sports Facility Reports: Volume 9". National Sports Law Institute at Marquette University Law School. July 22, 2008. Retrieved March 3, 2009. 
  7. ^ a b "Rochester Red Wings: Ballpark". Rochester Community Baseball, Inc. November 17, 2008. Retrieved March 3, 2009. 
  8. ^ "DCA Historical Scores". Drum Corps Associates. Retrieved May 3, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Rochester Raging Rhinos: The Most Successful Franchise in Sports?". NEO Magazine. February 2008. Retrieved March 3, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Frontier Field Photo Gallery". Rochester Community Baseball, Inc. Retrieved July 11, 2007. 
  11. ^ "Frozen Frontier". Rochester Americans. 2013. Retrieved February 20, 2014. 
  12. ^ Collins, Donnie (May 7, 2012). "Pettitte Draws Thousands to Rochester, but Yanks Come Up Short Against PawSox". The Times-Tribune (Scranton). Retrieved May 22, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Rochester’s Frontier Field Sets Regular-Season Attendance Record (Without Red Wings)". Ballpark Business. May 7, 2012. Retrieved May 22, 2012. 

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Events and tenants
Preceded by
Silver Stadium
Home of the Rochester Red Wings
1997 – present
Succeeded by
Current
Preceded by
Fauver Stadium
Home of the Rochester Raging Rhinos
1996 – 2005
Succeeded by
PAETEC Park
Preceded by
first ballpark
Home of the Rochester Rattlers
2001 – 2002
Succeeded by
Bishop Kearney Field