Harry Grove Stadium
|Harry Grove Stadium|
The Harry Grove Stadium's scoreboard in August 2009.
|Location||21 Stadium Drive
Frederick, Maryland 21703
|Broke ground||July 23, 1989|
|Opened||April 19, 1990|
|Renovated||2005, 2006, 2008|
|Owner||City of Frederick|
|Operator||Maryland Baseball Holding LLC|
|Construction cost||$7 million
($12.6 million in 2014 dollars)
|Project manager||Opening Day Partners|
|Structural engineer||Harper & Kerr, P. A.|
|General contractor||Morgan-Keller Inc.|
|Record attendance||11,006 on August 30, 1997|
|Field size||Left Field: 325 feet
Center Field: 400 feet
Right Field: 325 feet
|Frederick Keys (CL) (1990–present)|
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.
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'. 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.
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.
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. 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." The city will get 35 percent of the net profit from the naming fees with the remainder going to the team.
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