Harry Grove Stadium

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Harry Grove Stadium
Harry Grove Scoreboard.jpg
The Harry Grove Stadium's scoreboard in August 2009.
Location 21 Stadium Drive
Frederick, Maryland 21703
Coordinates 39°24′05″N 77°24′48″W / 39.40139°N 77.41333°W / 39.40139; -77.41333Coordinates: 39°24′05″N 77°24′48″W / 39.40139°N 77.41333°W / 39.40139; -77.41333
Broke ground July 23, 1989[1]
Opened April 19, 1990
Renovated 2005, 2006, 2008
Owner City of Frederick
Operator Maryland Baseball Holding LLC
Surface Grass
Construction cost $7 million
($12.6 million in 2014 dollars[2])
Architect Ellerbe Becket[3]
Project manager Opening Day Partners
Structural engineer Harper & Kerr, P. A.[4]
General contractor Morgan-Keller Inc.[5]
Capacity 5,500[6]
Record attendance 11,006 on August 30, 1997[7]
Field dimensions Left Field: 325
Center Field: 400
Right Field: 325
Tenants
Frederick Keys (CL)

Harry Grove Stadium, located in Frederick, Maryland, is the home of the Frederick Keys, a class A minor league affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. Opened in 1990, it seats 5,500 fans.

History[edit]

Harry Grove Stadium in August 2009.

The stadium is named for Harry Grove, who was one of the founders of the Frederick Hustlers, a professional team that existed between 1915 and the World War II era. The Grove family also donated $250,000 to the city to help build the park and were thus honored in the naming of it. Another $1 million was provided by the city of Frederick along with $1.5 million provided by the state of Maryland and $250,000 from Frederick County.[8]

The 2005 Class A all-star game, pitting the Carolina League against the California League, was played in Harry Grove Stadium.

Harry Grove Stadium has also hosted various concerts. On August 19, 2006, Bob Dylan played to a sell-out crowd during his third annual 'Summer Minor League Baseball Park Tour'.[9] The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has made it an annual summer stop on its live event tours, a rarity in that the stadium is an outdoor venue.

Harry Grove Stadium also serves host to several autocross clubs, who use the lower lot for their autocross course.

Renovations[edit]

In 2006, Keys ownership began a project to revitalize Harry Grove Stadium. Renovations have included a new field, seating section, suite level restoration and a new lighting system.

A new state-of-the-art scoreboard and videoboard and brand new audio visual equipment was in place for the 2009 season. The scoreboard has an all new LED technology speed of pitch, clock and full color high resolution LED message center. The State-of-the-Art videoboard is 50 percent larger than its predecessor and supports high definition video input for a cleaner, crisper image.

Further upgrades include public restrooms that have been completely renovated along with those in the clubhouse, and multiple improvements to bring Harry Grove Stadium into compliance with the American with Disabilities Act.[10]

Naming Rights[edit]

On December 5, 2013 the Frederick Mayor and Board of Aldermen approved an amended contract that will allow the Frederick Keys to seek a sponsor for stadium naming rights while retaining "Harry Grove" as part of the name.[11][12] Mayor Randy McClement said, "The stadium is always going to be Harry Grove Stadium. But the idea behind naming rights is to look at portions of the stadium that could used for naming rights."[13] The city will get 35 percent of the net profit from the naming fees with the remainder going to the team.[11][12][13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Keys Slideshow". Frederick News-Post. February 6, 2009. Archived from the original on February 7, 2009. Retrieved September 22, 2011. 
  2. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  3. ^ Ostrowski, Jeff (July 26, 1999). "Major Firms Playing in the Minors Too". SportsBusiness Journal. Retrieved November 8, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Request for Proposals Homestead Baseball Stadium Complex". City of Homestead. May 5, 1989. p. 15. Retrieved August 11, 2013. 
  5. ^ "News in Brief". The Baltimore Sun. August 19, 1991. Retrieved March 3, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Fan Guide". Minor League Baseball. February 23, 2010. Retrieved February 24, 2014. 
  7. ^ Goldberg, Stan (August 25, 2001). "Morris Is A Crowd Pleaser". Frederick News-Post. Retrieved February 24, 2014. 
  8. ^ Duggan, Paul (January 12, 1989). "The Boys of Summers Past; Cherished Memories Resurface as Baseball Returns to Frederick" (PDF). The Washington Post. Retrieved January 7, 2007. 
  9. ^ Leslie, Katie E. (August 20, 2006). "Knockin' on Frederick's Door". Frederick News-Post. Retrieved February 24, 2014. 
  10. ^ Behsudi, Adam (February 6, 2009). "New Scoreboard, Video Screen Approved for Grove Stadium". Frederick News-Post. Retrieved February 24, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b Bondeson, Jen (December 6, 2013). "Frederick City Approves Naming Rights for Harry Grove Stadium Complex". Frederick News-Post. Retrieved December 8, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "Frederick Approves Sale of Naming Rights for Keys Stadium". The Herald-Mail (Hagerstown, Maryland). Associated Press. December 6, 2013. Retrieved December 8, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b "Frederick City Aldermen Address Fund Balance Shortfall". WFMD. December 6, 2013. Retrieved December 8, 2013. 

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