Melaleuca Field

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Melaleuca Field
Location 568 West Elva
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83406
Coordinates 43°30′19″N 112°02′16″W / 43.505161°N 112.037861°W / 43.505161; -112.037861
Broke ground October 2006
Opened June 22, 2007
Owner Elmore Sports Group
Operator Elmore Sports Group
Surface Natural Grass
Construction cost $5.6 million
($6.37 million in 2014 dollars[1])
Architect Nielson, Bodily and Associates[2]
Structural engineer ES2 Structural Engineers[2]
Services engineer Havlovick Engineering Services, Inc.[2]
General contractor Bateman-Hall, Inc.[2]
Capacity 3,400
Field size Left Field: 350 ft (104 m)
Center Field: 390 ft (122 m)
Right Field: 335 ft (107 m)
Tenants
Idaho Falls Chukars (Pioneer League)

Melaleuca Field is a stadium in Idaho Falls, Idaho. It is primarily used for baseball, and is the home field of the Idaho Falls Chukars minor league baseball team. It was built in 2006. It holds 3,400 people and has 8 luxury suites. American Legion and local high school games are also played at the field.

The old stadium that used to sit on the same lot, McDermott Field, was at risk of being closed down in 2005 due to a lack of funding and viewed unsuitable to continue to serve as a public stadium.[3] The City of Idaho Falls began a fund raiser called "Step Up To The Plate" in 2004 in an attempt to save the ballpark, but the funds fell far short of the needed $1.3 Million as the fundraiser approached its deadline.[4] A last minute saving donation of $600,000 by Melaleuca, Inc delivered the day before the fund raising deadline providing the required remaining funds necessary to move forward with the renovation. The city of Idaho Falls renamed the ballpark "Melaleuca Field" as a thank you to Melaleuca for the $600,000 donation that saved the ballpark.[5]

The old McDermott stadium was torn down on October 30, 2006, and the Melaleuca Field Stadium was completed in 2007. The new stadium includes a seating capacity of 3,400, eight luxury boxes, two large concession booths, and a sponsored hot tub on the right field line.[4]

Features[edit]

The grandstand includes 1,200 box seats, 1,459 bench seats with backs, eight custom suites with balcony seating, a large press box, two large concession booths, a souvenir shop and various offices.[2]

The concourse wraps around the playing field with a picnic area on the third base side and a party area with hot tub on the first base side. A separate building next to the field contains two locker rooms and extra storage.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Melaleuca Baseball Field". Mountain States Construction. December 1, 2007. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  3. ^ - Post Register - June 19, 2005 Who Will Step Up To The Plate?
  4. ^ a b "Melaleuca Field". Ballpark Digest. January 4, 2009. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  5. ^ - Melaleuca Field Official Website - December 3, 2012

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