Louisville Slugger Field

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Louisville Slugger Field
Slugger Field, LSF
Louisville Slugger Field, Kentucky.jpg
Location 401 East Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Coordinates 38°15′22.27″N 85°44′40.75″W / 38.2561861°N 85.7446528°W / 38.2561861; -85.7446528Coordinates: 38°15′22.27″N 85°44′40.75″W / 38.2561861°N 85.7446528°W / 38.2561861; -85.7446528
Broke ground November 13, 1998[1]
Opened April 12, 2000
Owner The Metro Development Authority
Louisville Baseball Club, Inc.
Operator Louisville Baseball Club, Inc.
Surface Kentucky Bluegrass
Construction cost $40 million
($54.8 million in 2014 dollars[2])
Architect HNTB
K. Norman Berry Associates[3]
Structural engineer Rangaswamy & Associates[3]
Services engineer CMTA Consulting Engineers[4]
General contractor Turner/Barton Malow[5]
Capacity 13,131
Field dimensions Left Field — 325 feet
Center Field — 405 feet
Right Field — 340 feet
Tenants
Louisville Bats (IL) (2000-present)

Louisville Slugger Field is a baseball stadium in Louisville, Kentucky and is home to the Louisville Bats, the AAA affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. It opened in 2000 with seats for 13,131 fans. The Ohio River and state of Indiana are visible from the park. The design of Louisville Slugger Field is unique due to a former train shed that was on the grounds being incorporated into the stadium. The naming rights for the stadium were purchased by Hillerich & Bradsby, makers of the famous Louisville Slugger baseball bat and the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is down the street. The stadium is accessible from I-64 and I-65.

History[edit]

The Louisville Bats and the City of Louisville broke ground on Louisville Slugger Field back on November 13, 1998. In front of a crowd estimated at about 1,000, Mayor Jerry Abramson and Governor Paul E. Patton cut out the first home plate before they broke the ground with Bats President Gary Ulmer and other officials.[1]

On April 14, 2006, a stadium record crowd of 14,123 watched the Bats lose to the Ottawa Lynx 6 to 4, which was the bats home opener for the 2006 season.[6]

Hosted the 2008 Triple-A All-Star Game

On July 8, 2009 a concert with John Mellencamp, Bob Dylan, and Willie Nelson was held at the ballpark.[7][8]

Features[edit]

The design of Louisville Slugger Field is a joint effort of HNTB Architects of Kansas City, Mo and K. Norman Berry Associates of Louisville. The field was financed through a partnership between the city, the Bats, Hillerich & Bradsby, the Brown Foundation, Humana Inc. and the Humana Foundation.

The stadium includes 11,522 fixed seats with room for 1,609 additional spectators in the picnic areas and berm sections.[9] The ballpark also includes 32 private suites, 850 second-level club seats, a continuous concourse around the field, an outfield seating berm, extensive press facilities, concessions and restrooms, a children's play area, team and administrative offices and numerous retail amenities.[1]

On Main Street, there’s a statue of Louisville native and Baseball Hall of Famer Pee Wee Reese, and on the Witherspoon Street side, a statue of Football Hall of Famer, Paul Hornung, occupies a busy corner.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "History". Louisville Baseball Club, Inc. December 15, 2005. Retrieved September 29, 2011. 
  2. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Architectual [sic] Awards". Masonry Magazine. June 2002. Retrieved September 29, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Slugger Field". CMTA Consulting Engineers. Retrieved February 15, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Sports". Turner Construction. Archived from the original on December 21, 2010. Retrieved September 29, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Bats Fall in Front of Record Crowd, 6-4". Louisville Baseball Club, Inc. April 14, 2006. Retrieved May 12, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Bob Dylan - Louisville, KY - Jul 8, 2009". Bob Dylan Official Website. July 8, 2009. Retrieved September 6, 2009. 
  8. ^ "The Bob Dylan Show at Louisville Slugger Field (Louisville)". Last.fm. July 8, 2009. Retrieved September 6, 2009. 
  9. ^ Byczkowski, John (September 11, 1999). "Louisville Move a Winner for Reds". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved May 22, 2012. 

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Events and tenants
Preceded by
Cardinal Stadium
Home of the
Louisville Bats

2000 – present
Succeeded by
current