Louisville Slugger Field
|Slugger Field, LSF|
|Location||401 East Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202
|Owner||The Metro Development Authority
Louisville Baseball Club, Inc.
|Operator||Louisville Baseball Club, Inc.|
|Field size||Left Field: 325 feet
Center Field: 405 feet
Right Field: 340 feet
|Broke ground||November 13, 1998|
|Opened||April 12, 2000|
|Construction cost||$40 million
($54.8 million in 2015 dollars)
K. Norman Berry Associates
|Structural engineer||Rangaswamy & Associates|
|Services engineer||CMTA Consulting Engineers|
|General contractor||Turner/Barton Malow|
|Louisville Bats (IL) (2000–present)
Louisville City FC (USL) (2015–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.
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.
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. 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. Spectators enter the stadium through the restored "train shed" building, which was formerly the Brinly-Hardy Co. warehouse.
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.
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