Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium

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Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium
The Wolff
Wolff stadium field.jpg
Former names San Antonio Municipal Stadium (1994-1995)[1]
Location 5757 West US Highway 90
San Antonio, TX 78227
Coordinates 29°24′32.87″N 98°36′4.01″W / 29.4091306°N 98.6011139°W / 29.4091306; -98.6011139Coordinates: 29°24′32.87″N 98°36′4.01″W / 29.4091306°N 98.6011139°W / 29.4091306; -98.6011139
Owner City of San Antonio
Operator Elmore Sports Group
Capacity 9,200
Field size Left Field: 310 ft (94.5 m)
Center Field: 402 ft (122.5 m)
Right Field: 340 ft (103.6 m)
Surface Grass
Scoreboard 16 ft × 22 ft LED video screen
Construction
Broke ground September 5, 1993[2]
Opened April 18, 1994
Construction cost $10.5 million[1]
($16.7 million in 2014 dollars[3])
Architect HOK Sport
Ford, Powell & Carson
Services engineer Jasmine Engineering, Inc.[4]
General contractor Lyda/Bartlett Cocke
Tenants
San Antonio Missions (Texas League) (1994–present)18 or 19 yrs

Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium (informally Wolff Stadium) is a stadium in San Antonio, Texas, USA. It is primarily used for baseball, and is the home field of the San Antonio Missions minor league baseball team, Double-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres. The San Antonio Missions are part of the Texas League, a minor league baseball organization. The UTSA Roadrunners baseball team also plays some home games at the stadium.

It was opened on April 18, 1994 (as the San Antonio Municipal Stadium) and has a capacity of 6,200 fixed seats and a grass berm in left field that can seat about 3,000. The Wolff features 14 luxury suites, a 500 person picnic area down the right field line and an all-you-can-eat-and-drink fiesta deck that can be rented for groups of 25-200. The dimensions (from home plate to the outfield wall) are: 310 feet (94.5 m) to left field, 402 feet (122.5 m) to center field, and 340 feet (103.6 m) to right field.

The stadium is located about 8 miles (13 km) to the west of Downtown San Antonio.

Features[edit]

Viewing the stadium from the outside entrance (behind home plate) there are two large brick bell towers, in keeping with a southwestern theme, and echoing an architectural feature of the old Mission Stadium. Most of the seating area is shaded by a large high roof. There are no poles to impede views as seen in some older minor league parks at the Double-A and Single-A level. A concourse wraps around the playing field and enables spectators varied views of the game and stadium.

The section behind home plate has individual seats; the left and right field seating areas, however, are entirely made up of bleachers.

Planes can often be seen flying in to Lackland Air Force Base behind the outfield wall. The Missions regularly have "Military Night", inviting recently graduated troops to Friday night games. The stadium's namesake, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, is a former Texas legislator and San Antonio councilman and mayor.

Notable Events[edit]

It hosted the 2011 Texas League All-Star Game.[5]

Stadium Upgrades[edit]

Following the 2006 season the City of San Antonio voted 9-0 to a revised lease of Wolff Stadium. The San Antonio Missions would take control of the stadium and plan to invest $1.2 million dollars to improving the concession areas, creating a fiesta deck in left field, an improved sound system, an LED scoreboard to replace the scoreboard in right field, and a new paint job.[6]

In addition, the City will invest $300,000 for new lighting.[6]

The lease also calls for the Missions to spend the next 10 years in the stadium. There are three options of five years each as well.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Knight, Graham. "Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium". Baseball Pilgrimages. Retrieved September 18, 2011. 
  2. ^ Michael Point (April 6, 1995). "Opening night arrives for popular Missions". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved November 6, 2011. 
  3. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  4. ^ "Wolff Municipal Baseball Stadium". Jasmine Engineering, Inc. Archived from the original on April 14, 2004. Retrieved August 11, 2013. 
  5. ^ Whisler, John (June 30, 2011). "Darnell Leads South to All-Star Victory". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved February 23, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c "Missions Get Revised Lease". Minor League Baseball. November 16, 2006. Retrieved February 23, 2014. 

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