Smith's Ballpark

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Smith's Ballpark
Spring Mobile Park Apr09.jpg
Former names Franklin Quest Field (1994–1997)
Franklin Covey Field (1997–2009)
Spring Mobile Ballpark (2009–2014)
Location 1365 South West Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84115
Coordinates 40°44′26″N 111°53′34″W / 40.74056°N 111.89278°W / 40.74056; -111.89278Coordinates: 40°44′26″N 111°53′34″W / 40.74056°N 111.89278°W / 40.74056; -111.89278
Owner City of Salt Lake City
Operator Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment Group
Capacity 15,411
Field size Left Field - 345 ft
Center Field - 420 ft
Right Field - 315 ft
Surface Grass
Construction
Broke ground May 19, 1993[1]
Opened April 9, 1994[2]
Construction cost $23 million[2]
($36.6 million in 2014 dollars[3])
Architect HOK Sport
Valentiner, Crane, Brunjes & Onyon
Structural engineer H/T Engineers, Inc.[4]
Services engineer Bredson & Associates, Inc.[5]
General contractor Sahara Construction[2]
Tenants
Salt Lake Bees (PCL) (1994–present)
Utah Utes baseball (Pac-12)

Smith's Ballpark (formerly known as Franklin Quest Field, later Franklin Covey Field,[6] and most recently Spring Mobile Ballpark) is a baseball park in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is primarily used for baseball, and is the home field of the Salt Lake Bees minor league baseball team and hosts several University of Utah baseball games each year. The stadium is located on the site of old Derks Field, Salt Lake City's former minor league ballpark. Smith's Ballpark was built in 1994 with a capacity of 15,411 people, which is the largest seating capacity in the Pacific Coast League.

History[edit]

In its inaugural season, the Buzz set a PCL attendance record with 713,224 fans.[7] The team led the PCL in attendance in each of its first six seasons in Salt Lake. The largest crowd at the ballpark occurred on July 22, 2000 against the Albuquerque Dukes with a crowd of 16,531 spectators.[2]

Besides hosting the Salt Lake Bees, Smith's Ballpark has played host to two exhibition games featuring the Minnesota Twins, the 1996 and 2011 Triple-A All Star Game, concerts, soccer matches, and high school and college baseball games, including a Mountain West Conference tournament.[8]

After Franklin Covey's 15-year naming rights agreements expired in 2009, an agreement with Spring Mobile, an AT&T Mobility authorized retailer, made the ballpark's name Spring Mobile Ballpark for five seasons.[9]

On March 5, 2014, it was announced that Salt Lake City-based Smith's Food and Drug had signed a six-year naming rights deal, giving the park its current name.[10]

Features[edit]

The ballpark contains 24 luxury suites on the third level along with two private party patios.

Smith's Ballpark is noted for its stunning views of the Wasatch Mountains over the left and center field walls.[11]

Smith's Ballpark Ballpark at sunset.
Spring Mobile Ballpark

Naming rights[edit]

When the ballpark first opened in 1994, it was called Franklin Quest Field, which the Franklin Quest Company paid $1.4 million for 15 years for the naming rights in the summer of 1993.[12] It changed its name to Franklin Covey Field in 1997 after Franklin Quest merged with the Covey Leadership Center, becoming Franklin Covey.

On April 7, 2009, the Bees announced that they had reached a multi-year naming-rights deal with Spring Mobile (a Salt Lake City-based AT&T authorized retailer) to provide the ballpark's new name of Spring Mobile Ballpark which ran for five seasons.[13] In 2014, Smith's Food and Drug signed a six-year agreement to rename it Smith's Ballpark.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Evensen, Jay (May 20, 1993). "Dignitaries Dig in, Break Ground for New Stadium". Deseret News (Salt Lake City: Deseret Digital Media). Retrieved February 24, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d "2011 Salt Lake Bees Media Guide". Minor League Baseball. April 8, 2011. Retrieved September 22, 2011. 
  3. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  4. ^ "About". H/T Engineers, Inc. Retrieved September 22, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Pro Baseball Sports Facilities". Bredson & Associates, Inc. Archived from the original on April 10, 2002. Retrieved August 8, 2013. 
  6. ^ Benson, Lee (April 9, 2009). "Changing Names of Ballparks is a Tradition". Deseret News (Salt Lake City: Deseret Digital Media). Retrieved March 13, 2010. 
  7. ^ Facer, Dirk (August 29, 1997). "Buzz Attendance Falls but Still Tops PCL". Deseret News (Salt Lake City: Deseret Digital Media). Retrieved February 20, 2014. 
  8. ^ Facer, Dirk (June 28, 2009). "Ballpark Has Seen Plenty of Action in Its 16 Years". Deseret News (Salt Lake City: Deseret Digital Media). Retrieved March 13, 2010. 
  9. ^ Jorgensen, Loren (April 8, 2009). "Salt Lake Bees' Ballpark Renamed". Deseret News (Salt Lake City: Deseret Digital Media). Retrieved February 20, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "Smith's Ballpark Unveiled as New Stadium Name for Bees". Minor League Baseball. March 5, 2014. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  11. ^ Jarvis, Gary. "Spring Mobile Ballpark". Minor League Ballparks. Retrieved February 20, 2014. 
  12. ^ Benson, Lee (July 23, 1993). "Stadium's New Name Completes Salt Lake's Demolition of Derks". Deseret News (Salt Lake City: Deseret Digital Media). Retrieved April 30, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Home of the Bees Renamed: Spring Mobile Ballpark" (Press release). Minor League Baseball. April 7, 2009. Retrieved April 13, 2010. 

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Events and tenants
Preceded by
first stadium
Home of the
Salt Lake Bees

1994 – present
Succeeded by
current