Roger Dean Stadium

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Roger Dean Stadium
Roger Dean Stadium.JPG
Full name Roger Dean Stadium
Location 4751 Main Street
Jupiter, Florida 33458
(561) 775-1818
Coordinates 26°53′28″N 80°06′59″W / 26.89111°N 80.11639°W / 26.89111; -80.11639
Owner Palm Beach County
Operator Jupiter Stadium Limited[1]
Capacity 6,871[2]
Field size Left Field: 335 ft
Left-Center: 380 ft
Center Field: 400 ft
Right-Center: 375 ft
Right Field: 325 ft
Surface Grass
Construction
Broke ground March 6, 1997[1]
Opened February 28, 1998
Construction cost $28 million
($40.5 million in 2014 dollars[3])
Architect HOK Sport
Structural engineer Bliss & Nyitray, Inc.
Services engineer Bredson & Associates, Inc.[4]
General contractor Case Contracting Company
Tenants
Jupiter Hammerheads (FSL) (1998-present)
Palm Beach Cardinals (FSL) (2003-present)
St. Louis Cardinals (MLB) (spring training) (1998-present)
Miami Marlins (MLB) (spring training) (2003-present)
GCL Cardinals (GCL) (1998-present)
GCL Marlins (GCL) (2003-present)
Montreal Expos (MLB) (spring training) (1998-2002)

Roger Dean Stadium is a baseball stadium located in the Abacoa community of the town of Jupiter, Florida. The stadium was built in 1998, holds 6,871 people,[2] and features luxury sky-box seating, 2 levels of permanent seating, parking and concessions. The Roger Dean Stadium Complex is the only stadium in the country to host four minor league teams: the Jupiter Hammerheads and Palm Beach Cardinals of the Class A-Advanced Baseball Florida State League, and the Gulf Coast Marlins and Gulf Coast Cardinals of the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League.

Roger Dean Stadium is the only stadium in Florida to host two Major League Baseball teams annually for spring training: the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals. The teams share the main stadium where the games are played. However, the teams have their own practice fields, outdoor batting cages, several pitching mounds, and state-of-the-art conditioning rooms.

History[edit]

Through 2002 the Montreal Expos shared the stadium with the Cardinals, until they swapped with the Marlins as part of the Marlins sale to Jeffrey Loria. The Expos, now known as the Washington Nationals, then moved to Space Coast Stadium in Viera, FL.

Roger Dean Stadium was badly damaged in 2004 by hurricanes Frances and Jeanne.[5]

Cliff Politte threw the first pitch in the stadium's history in spring training, 1998.[6]

In September 2012, the stadium hosted a qualifying round for the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Spain, France, Israel, and South Africa took part in the qualifier.[7]

Roger Dean Stadium
Roger Dean Stadium

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Knight, Graham. "Roger Dean Stadium". Baseball Pilgrimages. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Jarvis, Gary. "Roger Dean Stadium". Minor League Ballparks. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  3. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  4. ^ "Pro Baseball Sports Facilities". Bredson & Associates, Inc. Archived from the original on April 10, 2002. Retrieved August 8, 2013. 
  5. ^ Muret, Don (September 13, 2004). "Teams Face Repairs at Spring Training Facilities". SportsBusiness Journal. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  6. ^ "McGwire Christens New Park for Cards". Southeast Missourian (Cape Girardeau, MO). March 1, 1998. pp. 1B, 4B. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  7. ^ Dorado, Juan (July 12, 2012). "Roger Dean Stadium to Host World Baseball Classic Qualifier". TCPalm (Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers). Archived from the original on July 27, 2012. Retrieved July 27, 2012. 

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