Calfee Park

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Calfee Park
Press box up close.jpg
Newly renovated press box at Calfee Park
Location 700 South Washington Ave, Pulaski, Virginia, 24301
Owner SHELOR MOTOR MILE
Operator CALFEE PARK BASEBALL INC
Capacity 2,500
Field size Left Field: 338 feet
Center Field: 405 feet
Right Field: 301 feet with 19 foot wall
Surface Grass
Construction
Opened 1935
Renovated 2015
Main contractors Works Progress Administration
Tenants
  • Pulaski Counts (1942, 1946–1950)
  • Pulaski Phillies (1952–1955)
  • Pulaski Cubs (1957–1958)
  • Pulaski Phillies (1969–1977)
  • Pulaski Braves (1982–1992)
  • Pulaski Rangers (1997–2002)
  • Pulaski Blue Jays (2003–2006)
  • Pulaski Mariners (2008–2014)
  • Pulaski Yankees (2015–present)
Motor Mile Field
Calfee Park is located in Virginia
Calfee Park
Location Washington and Pierce Aves., SE, Pulaski, Virginia
Built 1935
Architectural style Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals
NRHP Reference # 00001432[1]
VLR # 125-0102
Significant dates
Added to NRHP November 22, 2000
Designated VLR September 13, 2000[2]

Calfee Park is a stadium in Pulaski, Virginia, USA. It is primarily used for baseball, and is currently the home field of the New York Yankees' Appalachian League affiliate, the Pulaski Yankees. It was built in 1935 as a Works Progress Administration project, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Calfee Park was named after the mayor of Pulaski in 1935, Ernest W. Calfee. It holds approximately 2,500 people. Clafee Park is owned and operated by David Hagan and Larry Shelor, owners of Shelor Motor Mile.

The park is set off of U.S. Route 11 in a valley within a residential neighborhood. As a result, a number of houses that surround the park have good views of games. The park had major renovations prior to the 1999 season, with a new grandstand behind the plate and along the first-base side as well as “open-air suites” (railed-in areas with picnic tables) farther down on the first-base line. A new scoreboard was also installed.

After the Shelor ownership group purchased Calfee Park from the Town of Pulaski in 2015, over 9 million dollars in renovations were made to the historic park. The park has received a new press box and VIP towers, renovated home clubhouse, new vising clubhouse, 18 additional outdoor suites, new concession stand, upgraded souvenirs, additional general admission seating, upgraded padded club seating, renovated ticket offices, and several additional parking lots.

Renovations[edit]

  • Opened in 1935
  • In 1999 the area behind homeplate was renovated adding individual seats that are sold as reserved seats. There was a fairly large grandstand added to the first base side stretching from homeplate to first base. "open air suites" stretch down the first base line right along the field, past the dugout there is a deck that is sectioned off and used as box seating. There are 13 boxes stretching down the right side of the field. There was a new Concession stand and home clubhouse added in as well.
  • In 2009, the town added a 14th box behind homeplate and above the general admission seating. The box looks directly down the first base line. Views of left field are somewhat obstructed when in the "sky box" because of the roof above the old grandstands. Earlier in 2009 there was a new indoor facility constructed on site. It showcases two hitting tunnels that can also be used for pitching work. The New York Yankees and the new owners of the Park announced on Sept. 9, 2014 the plan for over $3.5 million of improvements to the park for the 2015 season. The Yankees will be replacing the Mariners in Pulaski for 2015.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Wild, Danny (9 September 2014). "Pulaski will be Yanks affiliate for '15 season - Calfee Park sold, set to undergo renovation as Mariners depart". MiLB.com. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 

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Coordinates: 37°2′21.5″N 80°46′32″W / 37.039306°N 80.77556°W / 37.039306; -80.77556