Joseph L. Bruno Stadium

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Joseph L. Bruno Stadium
"The Joe"
Tri-City Valley Cats baseball game (2006).jpg
Joseph L. Bruno Stadium in 2006
Location 80 Vandenburgh Avenue
Troy, New York 12180
Coordinates 42°41′43″N 73°40′50″W / 42.695329°N 73.680464°W / 42.695329; -73.680464Coordinates: 42°41′43″N 73°40′50″W / 42.695329°N 73.680464°W / 42.695329; -73.680464
Broke ground May 6, 2001[1]
Opened April 6, 2002
Owner Hudson Valley Community College
Operator Hudson Valley Community College
Surface Grass
Construction cost $14 million
($18.4 million in 2014 dollars[2])
Architect DLR Group
Structural engineer CHA Sports
Services engineer Quantum Engineering Company[3]
General contractor U.W. Marx Construction Co.[4]
Capacity 4,500, plus grass and picnic seating, and 10 luxury boxes (2006)[5]
Field size Left Field: 325 feet
Center Field: 400 feet
Right Field: 325 feet
Tenants
Tri-City Valley Cats (2002–present)
New York-Penn League All-Star Game (2008)
MAAC Tournament (2012)
Section 2 Highschool Baseball Sectionals
Hudson Valley CC Baseball

Joseph L. Bruno Stadium is a stadium located on the campus of Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, New York. It is the home field of the Tri-City ValleyCats minor league baseball team, a member of the historic New York-Penn League. Located in the center of the tri-city area of New York's Capital Region (Albany, Schenectady and Troy), the 'Cats play 38 home games at "The Joe" from June through September. It was named after former New York State Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno, who helped secure the funds for the ballpark.

Attendance[edit]

In 2012, the ValleyCats set a new single-season attendance record for the 9th-consecutive year, drawing 159,966 fans. The record was bolstered by 17 sellout crowds, also a new franchise record.[6]

The ValleyCats set attendance records in 2004 (110,497), 2005 (116,674), 2006 (129,126), 2007 (136,809), 2008 (140,631), 2009 (145,976), 2010 (155,315), 2011 (156,279) and yet again in 2012 (159,966). The 'Cats have drawn a grand total of 1,463,669 fans since their inception in 2002.[7] They welcomed in their 1.5 millionth fan during the 2013 season.

Other events[edit]

2008 New York-Penn League All-Star Game[edit]

On August 19 "The Joe" hosted the 2008 New York-Penn League All-Star game, the fourth in league history. The game was won by the NL All-Stars with a walk off RBI by ValleyCats third baseman David Flores. This game was the second largest opening for "The Joe" in the 2008 season.

K.O. at the Joe[edit]

K.O. at the Joe was a series of amateur boxing matches held at the stadium. The first was in 2007 and was brought back in 2008.

World Series Trophy Viewing[edit]

On May 5, 2011, the San Francisco Giants World Series Trophy was on display for Capital Region fans. The stop in Troy was part of a public tour the team launched to celebrate its first World Series championship since 1954, and the first since moving from New York City to San Francisco. The franchise originally began in Troy, competing as the Troy Trojans from 1879-1882.

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament[edit]

From May 24–27, 2012, the stadium hosted the 2012 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament, which was won by Manhattan.[8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DASNY Chair Joins Groundbreaking for Baseball Stadium in Troy". Dormitory Authority State of New York. May 7, 2001. Retrieved September 15, 2011. 
  2. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  3. ^ "Contractors Announced for New Baseball Stadium at Hudson Valley Community College". Hudson Valley Community College. March 20, 2002. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  4. ^ Broughton, David (July 1, 2002). "Joseph L. Bruno Stadium". SportsBusiness Journal. Retrieved September 15, 2011. 
  5. ^ Tri-City ValleyCats: Ballpark
  6. ^ Weaver, Ed (September 7, 2012). "ValleyCats Turn to Aaron West to Start New York-Penn League Playoffs". The Record (Troy). Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Joseph L. Bruno Stadium". Minor League Baseball. February 14, 2006. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  8. ^ "2011-12 MAAC Championship Schedule". Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. 2011. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Manhattan Repeats as MAAC Champs!". Manhattan College Sports Information Department. May 27, 2012. Archived from the original on May 27, 2012. Retrieved May 27, 2012. 

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Preceded by
Wahconah Park
Home of the
Tri-City ValleyCats

2002 – present
Succeeded by
Current