Rent One Park

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Coordinates: 37°44′45″N 88°57′37″W / 37.745964°N 88.960397°W / 37.745964; -88.960397

Rent One Park
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Location Marion, Illinois
Broke ground 2006
Opened 2007
Owner Jayne Simmons
Surface Sportexe Turf synthetic field
Architect 360 Architecture
Capacity 7,000
Field size Left Field - 320
Left Center Field - 392
Center Field - 400
Right Center Field - 385
Right Field - 335
Tenants
Southern Illinois Miners

Rent One Park is a stadium in Marion, Illinois that was completed in 2007. It is primarily used for baseball and is the home of the Southern Illinois Miners of the Frontier League.

The stadium has a contemporary, non-traditional look, void of the common red brick and green steel common among ballparks around the United States.

One of the most unusual features of the new stadium is the roof, which slopes down toward the field. As a result, foul balls hit by players can sometimes roll back down for spectators to catch.

The Frontier League stadium located roughly 120 miles southeast of St Louis on Interstate 57. There are over 3,400 standard arm chair ballpark seats including wider chair seating behind home plate. Down the left field line and in the outfield is lawn seating that can accommodate over 2,000 fans. Rent One Park also has 2 picnic gardens: Budweiser Bullpen Bar-n-Grille down the right field line that can host as many as 250 people and the Rent One Picnic Garden located in the outfield with seating for over 500 people. The upper level features 14 luxury suites and an enclosed banquet area for approximately 200 persons.

Rent One Park also contains an open-air entry plaza, home and visitor clubhouses, dedicated maintenance building, administrative offices, and team store. The scoreboard and video board are accompanied by 12 panels for advertisement on the right-field wall, beyond and above the bullpens. Down the left field side in the corner of the park is the McDonald's Fun Zone, a children's play area with 6 inflatable games. The inflatable games include a giant slide, baseball, bounce house, obstacle course, basketball, and wiffle ball.

The company that holds the naming rights, Rent One, is a rent-to-own retail store chain.

The first game[edit]

The first game in the park was played May 29, 2007. Over 6,300 fans saw the Southern Illinois Miners defeat the Evansville Otters 9-6. [1]

Record breaking[edit]

On August 10th, 2007, the Southern Illinois Miners broke the Fronier League regular season single game attendance record with 6,718 fans. In that game at Rent One Park, the Miners defeat the River City Rascals 8-0.

In their first season the Miners also broke the single season attendance record with over 260,000 fans, averaging over 5,000 fans per game.

Other events[edit]

Because Rent One Park has Sportexe Turf instead of regular grass and dirt, events other than baseball can be held there throughout the year. Concerts and special performances have been planned for the 2008 season.

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Events and tenants
Preceded by
Road Ranger Stadium
Host of the FL All-Star Game
Rent One Park

2010
Succeeded by
future

Notes[edit]

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http://www.frontierleague.com/2007scores/sil5290.html