Whataburger Field

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Whataburger Field
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Location 734 East Port Avenue
Corpus Christi, Texas 78401
Coordinates 27°48′35″N 97°23′59″W / 27.809595°N 97.399681°W / 27.809595; -97.399681Coordinates: 27°48′35″N 97°23′59″W / 27.809595°N 97.399681°W / 27.809595; -97.399681
Broke ground April 8, 2004[1]
Opened April 17, 2005[2]
Owner City of Corpus Christi[3]
Operator Corpus Christi Baseball Club LP
Surface Grass
Construction cost $27.7 million[4]
($33.4 million in 2014 dollars[5])
Architect HKS, Inc.[3]
Project manager AG/CM Inc.[3]
Structural engineer Kleinfelder[6]
Services engineer Blum Consulting Engineers, Inc.[7]
General contractor Fulton-Coastcon-Hunt[3]
Capacity 5,400[3]
Field size Left field – 315 feet (96 m)
Left-center – 375 feet (114 m)
Center field – 400 feet (122 m)
Right-center – 375 feet (114 m)
Right field – 325 feet (99 m)
Tenants
Corpus Christi Hooks (TL) (2005-present)

Whataburger Field is the minor league baseball stadium located in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA. It is currently home to the Corpus Christi Hooks, the double-A affiliate of the Houston Astros. It is also home to the Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi Islanders college baseball team.[8]

History[edit]

The park, which opened in 2005, is located on what used to be old cotton warehouses upon the city's waterfront.[4] Naming rights were paid for by Whataburger, Inc., which was headquartered in Corpus Christi before relocating to San Antonio in 2009. Fans are able to see the USS Lexington and the Texas State Aquarium from inside the park.[9] Whataburger Field features 5,050 fixed seats, 19 luxury suites and two outfield berm areas that are able to accommodate nearly 2,000 fans.[9]

Home Run Derby 2007

On June 30, 2005 the stadium unveiled For the Love of the Game, an 18-foot (5.5 m) statue depicting a young ball player in a contemplative pose. The statue is believed to be the largest bronze statue of a baseball player.

On June 26, 2007 Whataburger Field played host to the 2007 Texas League All-Star game.[10]

One June 10, 2010, the Houston Dynamo played the first-ever soccer match[11] at Whataburger Field before a capacity crowd of 6,111, beating the Laredo Heat 2-1. The Dynamo played in-state rival FC Dallas in a pre-season friendly on February 12, 2011 — becoming the second soccer match ever played at Whataburger Field.[12]

The construction manager was Hunt Construction Group, Inc. of Dallas, Texas.

Amenities[edit]

  • VIP Lounge - a covered area used for groups and parties
  • Driscoll Children's Hospital Fun Zone - a playground
  • Stripes Kid's Park - a youth baseball field
  • Sport Court basketball playing surface
  • 27' high rock wall
  • 16' tall x 22' wide video board
  • APEX Pool[9]
  • Cotton Club - an air-conditioned entertainment area[4]
  • Trampoline jump

Food[edit]

View of Harbor Bridge from inside the park.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Today Is The Day". Corpus Christi Hooks. April 8, 2004. Archived from the original on May 3, 2004. Retrieved April 9, 2004. 
  2. ^ "Hooks 2005 Schedule Released". Corpus Christi Hooks. June 28, 2004. Archived from the original on July 8, 2004. Retrieved March 12, 2005. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Knight, Graham (August 24, 2010). "Whataburger Field - Corpus Christi Hooks". Baseball Pilgrimages. Retrieved September 20, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d Mock, Joe. "Whataburger Field: What-A-Ballpark!". Baseball Parks. Retrieved September 20, 2011. 
  5. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  6. ^ "State & Local Government". Kleinfelder. Archived from the original on April 3, 2012. Retrieved November 6, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Whataburger Field". Blum Consulting Engineers, Inc. June 4, 2009. Retrieved September 20, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Athletic Facilities". Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Athletics. Archived from the original on November 15, 2009. Retrieved November 15, 2009. 
  9. ^ a b c "Whataburger Field". Corpus Christi Hooks. Archived from the original on February 3, 2006. Retrieved April 20, 2005. 
  10. ^ "June 26, 2007: Texas League All-Star Game Whataburger Field, Corpus Christi, Texas". Texas League. June 26, 2007. Archived from the original on July 1, 2007. Retrieved June 27, 2007. 
  11. ^ Kaplan, Jonathan (June 10, 2010). "Dynamo Defeat Laredo Heat 2-1". Houston Dynamo. Retrieved February 23, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Dynamo, FC Dallas to Square Off in Corpus" (Press release). Houston Dyanmo. December 21, 2010. 

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