John Thurman Field

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John Thurman Field
Former names Del Webb Field (1955–1983)
Location 601 Neece Drive
Modesto, California 95351
Coordinates 37°37′22″N 121°00′03″W / 37.622658°N 121.000814°W / 37.622658; -121.000814Coordinates: 37°37′22″N 121°00′03″W / 37.622658°N 121.000814°W / 37.622658; -121.000814
Owner City of Modesto
Operator City of Modesto
Capacity 4,000 (Baseball)
7,500 (Concerts)
Field size Left Field: 312 feet
Left-Center: 393 feet
Center Field: 400 feet
Right-Center: 370 feet
Right Field: 319 feet
Backstop: 30 feet
Surface Grass
Construction
Broke ground 1954
Opened April 15, 1955
Renovated 1997
Construction cost $3.93 Million (renovation)
Architect L.D. Astorino & Associates, Ltd. (renovation)
General contractor Acme Construction Company (renovation)
Tenants
Modesto Nuts (CL) (2005–present)

John Thurman Field is a stadium in Modesto, California. It is primarily used for baseball, and is the home field of the Modesto Nuts minor league baseball team of the California League. It was built in 1955 and holds 4,000 people. It was later named for California State Assemblyman John Thurman, from Modesto.

History[edit]

Originally named Del Webb Field, the Modesto ballpark was renamed for state assemblyman John Thurman in 1983 and underwent over $3.93 million worth of renovations prior to the start of the 1997 to keep it up to California League standards.[1]

Notable events[edit]

On April 7, 2007, legendary left-hander Randy Johnson made an appearance for the Arizona Diamondbacks affiliate, then called the Visalia Oaks. Johnson's appearance sparked a media frenzy and helped the Nuts draw over 5,000 fans for that day's game.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Knight, Graham (May 28, 2005). "John Thurman Field". Baseball Pilgrimages. Retrieved May 31, 2014. 
  2. ^ Suchon, Josh (April 8, 2007). "Unit Makes First Rehab Start with Visalia". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved May 31, 2014. 

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