Parkview Field

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Parkview Field
Parkview Field logo.jpg
Parkview Field 2009.JPG
Location 1301 Ewing Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Coordinates 41°4′26.6″N 85°8′34.3″W / 41.074056°N 85.142861°W / 41.074056; -85.142861Coordinates: 41°4′26.6″N 85°8′34.3″W / 41.074056°N 85.142861°W / 41.074056; -85.142861
Broke ground December 26, 2007
Opened April 16, 2009
Owner Hardball Capital
Operator Hardball Capital
Surface Kentucky Bluegrass
Construction cost $30.6 million
($33.6 million in 2014 dollars[1])
Architect Populous
Structural engineer Engineering Resources Inc.[2]
Services engineer Henderson Engineers Inc.[3]
General contractor Weigand Construction
Capacity 6,516 (Fixed seats)
8,100 (Total)
Field size Left Field – 336 ft (102 m)
Center Field – 400 ft (122 m)
Right Field – 318 ft (97 m)
Tenants
Fort Wayne TinCaps (MWL) (2009–present)

Parkview Field is a minor league baseball stadium located in the central business district of Fort Wayne, Indiana, U.S.

History[edit]

Parkview Field was built as the new home of the Midwest League's Fort Wayne TinCaps, Single-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, replacing Memorial Stadium. The stadium is also one of the central components to the Harrison Square revitalization project in downtown Fort Wayne. The naming rights were bought by Parkview Health at $3 million over 10 years.[4]

Opening Day was held April 16, 2009 before a sold-out crowd of 8,208. The TinCaps shut out the Dayton Dragons 7-0.[5]

A record attendance of 8,572 made it to Parkview Field on August 6, 2009 not only to watch the TinCaps, but take part in festivities held celebrating Fort Wayne's All-America City designation, pushing the overall season attendance past 300,000.[6] That record was broken on April 5, 2012 when 8,577 attended Opening Day 2012.[7] The record was again broken July 4, 2013 with 8,780 in attendance.[8]

Parkview Field hosted the 2010 Midwest League All-Star Game.[9]

Features[edit]

Entrance plaza at night.
  • The ballpark contains 16 luxury suites
  • The Appleseed Picnic Pavilion is an old-fashioned ballpark picnic with terraced picnic table seating that wraps around the right field foul pole and extends right down to field level, which accommodates 50–2,500 people[10]
  • The Treetops Rooftop Party Area resembles the rooftops at Wrigley Field. Entrees and side items are served throughout the game. Groups as small as 50, up to as large as 250, can enjoy the bird's eye view of all the action.[11]
  • Located atop the outfield wall in left field is the Home Run Porch. Complete with food rails in front of each seat, wider, more comfortable padded seats and an overhead trellis, this section accommodates 20 to 160 guests.[12]
  • The park contains lawn seating sections.
  • A one-of-a-kind luxury suite equipped with a bar and concessions named the 400 club opened in April of 2013. The $800,000 private-investment stands alone as the only such seating area in the minor leagues; located in the "batters eye" (section of a ball park usually blocked off and plain so as not to distract the current batter).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  2. ^ "Parks/Recreation". Engineering Resources Inc. Retrieved March 9, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Sports/Recreation". Henderson Engineers, Inc. Retrieved March 9, 2014. 
  4. ^ Stone, Drew (September 12, 2008). "Introducing Parkview Field". The News-Sentinel (Fort Wayne). Retrieved April 1, 2009. 
  5. ^ West, Nick (April 17, 2009). "TinCaps on a Roll". The News-Sentinel (Fort Wayne). Retrieved April 17, 2009. 
  6. ^ Davis, Tom (August 7, 2009). "TinCaps Batters Connect Early and Often to Take Massive Lead". The News-Sentinel (Fort Wayne). Retrieved May 14, 2012. 
  7. ^ Pope, LaMond (April 6, 2012). "Error-prone TinCaps Lose". The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne). Retrieved May 12, 2012. 
  8. ^ "TinCaps Shut Out in Front of Record Crowd". The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne). July 5, 2013. Retrieved August 11, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Parkview Health Steps Up to the Plate". Minor League Baseball. September 11, 2008. Retrieved April 1, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Huntington University Picnic Pavilion". Minor League Baseball. October 14, 2009. Retrieved March 9, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Treetops Rooftop Party Area". Minor League Baseball. October 14, 2009. Retrieved March 9, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Home Run Porch". Minor League Baseball. October 14, 2009. Retrieved March 9, 2014. 

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