Ashford University Field

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Ashford University Field
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Former names Alliant Energy Field (2002–2011)
Riverview Stadium (1937–2001)
Location 537 Ballpark Drive
Clinton, IA 52732
Coordinates 41°50′57″N 90°11′07″W / 41.849265°N 90.185394°W / 41.849265; -90.185394
Owner City of Clinton, Iowa
Operator Clinton Baseball Club, Inc. (Clinton LumberKings)
Capacity 5,500[1]
Field size Left field: 330 ft (100 m)[1]
Center field: 401 ft (122 m)
Right field: 325 ft (99 m)
Surface Kentucky Blue Grass
Construction
Broke ground November 29, 1935[2]
Opened May 9, 1937[2]
Renovated 2005–2006[1]
Construction cost $150,000[2]
($2.5 million in 2017 dollars[3])
Architect Albert H. Morrell & Associates[2]
General contractor Fred N. Grumstrup[2]
Tenants
Clinton Owls (IIIL) (1937–1941)
Clinton LumberKings (MWL) (1954–present)
Ashford Saints (NAIA) (2012–2016)

Ashford University Field is a stadium in Clinton, Iowa. It is primarily used for baseball, and is operated by and is the home field of the Clinton LumberKings minor league baseball team of the Midwest League. It was built in 1937 and its capacity is roughly 5,500 fans.

History[edit]

The construction of Riverview Stadium began in 1935 and completed in 1937 as a Works Progress Administration project, and it beckoned baseball's return after a 19-year hiatus in the city. The Clinton Owls, a Brooklyn Dodgers affiliate in the Three-I League, christened the stadium with a first-place finish that season. The stadium was renamed Alliant Energy Field in 2002 and has undergone several renovation projects in recent years: replacement of entire field lighting system, new home clubhouse, installation of new drainage tiles, expansion of both dugouts and the renovation of covered batting cages. In 2006, the stadium underwent a $4.2 million renovation. On October 1, 2011 the stadium was renamed Ashford University Field.[4][5]

In 2009, the ballpark played host to the Midwest League All-Star Game as the East All-Stars defeated the West All-Stars 6–3 in front of 2,561 fans.[6]

In 2016, in addition to playing host to the franchise record setting LumberKings (86-54), the field was transformed overnight following game two of the Midwest League Championship to become a football field. The LumberKings played host to Camanche High School Football in the inaugural "LumberBowl." Camanche hosted Williamsburg High School in the game on September 16, 2016. The Raiders of Williamsburg defeated the Indians 55-7.

Features[edit]

Features to the stadium include the Leinenkugel's Lumber Lounge party deck located in right field, the Coors Light Picnic Pavilion and berm in left field, the Dr. Pepper Picnic Garden party area along the left field foul line and bullpen.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Clinton LumberKings: Ballpark". Minor League Baseball. January 30, 2006. Retrieved March 10, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Benson, Michael (1989). Ballparks of North America: a comprehensive historical reference to baseball grounds, yards, and stadiums, 1845 to present. McFarland. ISBN 0-89950-367-5. 
  3. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  4. ^ "History". Minor League Baseball. February 8, 2006. Retrieved May 29, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Alliant Energy Field Renamed". Clinton Herald. September 8, 2011. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  6. ^ McNeish, Scott (September 9, 2009). "L'Kings Consider Season a Success". Clinton Herald. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Group Party Information". Minor League Baseball. February 20, 2013. Retrieved May 29, 2014. 

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