Canal Park (Akron, Ohio)
|Location||300 South Main Street
Akron, Ohio 44308
|Owner||City of Akron|
|Operator||Akron Professional Baseball Inc.|
|Field size||Left Field: 331 feet
Left Center: 376 feet
Center Field: 400 feet
Right Center: 375 feet
Right Field: 337 feet
|Broke ground||January 5, 1996|
|Opened||April 10, 1997|
|Construction cost||$32 million
($47 million in 2015 dollars)
|Project manager||H. R. Gray|
|Structural engineer||DLZ, Inc.|
|Services engineer||Bredson & Associates, Inc.|
|General contractor||Summit Construction Co., Inc.|
|Akron RubberDucks (1997–present) (EL)|
Canal Park is a baseball stadium located in Akron, Ohio, United States, that is the home of the Akron RubberDucks of the Eastern League. The team is a double-A minor-league affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. The stadium was designed by Populous, the same architectural firm that designed Jacobs Field, the Indians' stadium that opened three years earlier. The stadium takes its name from its location adjacent to the Ohio and Erie Canal, which runs behind the left-field wall.
The stadium is designed as a single deck with the concourse at the top. All seats for RubberDucks games are sold for one price, regardless of number of rows from the field, except for right-field bleacher seating which is one dollar less. Seats extend all the way from one foul pole to the other (farther than most other parks at this level), and most sections contain 20 to 25 rows, although they taper to as little as five in the corners.
A series of 25 luxury boxes, and the press box, covers the concourse and the top few rows of seats from first base around to third base. The walkway down the right-field line is also covered, and contains a restaurant and the RubberDucks' team shop. A picnic berm in left field is available for pre-game rental by groups of 24 or more.
During the 2006 Akron Aeros season, the team celebrated its 10th season in Canal Park with several events.
Aside from Akron RubberDucks baseball, Canal Park will occasionally host special events such as local high school and college baseball, and the Akron Marathon. On May 19, 2015, the RubberDucks officially announced that Canal Park will host the 2016 Eastern League All-Star Game and its associated events.
In August 2006, the park completed the installation of a new 18'x25' digital scoreboard to replace the original board with light bulbs. The new board has full color animation capacity and features a four color matrix display. The $386,000 project was originally expected to be completed in early July. The entire scoreboard measures 56¼'x68' and is the largest free-standing scoreboard in minor league baseball.
In January 2013, The Aeros' new management announced plans to install a new scoreboard which will be 26 ft high and 68 ft wide and would cost $1.65 million. The scoreboard was completed in time for the start of the 2013 season, as well as a new smaller outfield display board near the picnic tables.
Below is a list of season-by-season records for the Akron Aeros/RubberDucks at Canal Park:
- 1997 Akron Aeros season: 51-90 (5th), manager Jeff Datz
- 1998 Akron Aeros season: 81-60 (1st), manager Joel Skinner • Lost to Harrisburg 3-1 in first round of playoffs
- 1999 Akron Aeros season: 69-71 (5th), manager Joel Skinner
- 2000 Akron Aeros season: 75-68 (3rd), manager Eric Wedge
- 2001 Akron Aeros season: 68-74 (3rd), manager Chris Bando
- 2002 Akron Aeros season: 93-48 (1st), manager Brad Komminsk • Lost to Harrisburg 3-2 in first round of playoffs
- 2003 Akron Aeros season: 88-53 (1st), manager Brad Komminsk • Defeated Altoona 3-1 in first round of playoffs; defeated New Haven 3-0 in ELCS
- 2004 Akron Aeros season: 63-78 (5th), manager Brad Komminsk
- 2005 Akron Aeros season: 84-58 (1st), manager Torey Lovullo • Defeated Altoona 3-2 in first round of playoffs; defeated Portland 3-1 in ELCS
- 2006 Akron Aeros season: 87-55 (1st), manager Tim Bogar • Defeated Altoona 3-2 in first round of playoffs; lost to Portland 3-2 in ELCS
- 2007 Akron Aeros season: 80-61 (2nd), manager Tim Bogar • Defeated Erie 3-1 in first round of playoffs; lost to Trenton 3-1 in ELCS
- 2008 Akron Aeros season: 80-62 (2nd), manager Mike Sarbaugh • Defeated Bowie 3-1 in first round of playoffs; lost to Trenton 3-1 in ELCS
- 2009 Akron Aeros season: Defeated Reading Phillies in First Playoff Round and Defeated Connecticut Defenders 3-1 in Championship Series
In each season, the Aeros/RubberDucks have been a member of the Eastern League and served as the Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.
|Season||Total attendance||League rank||Total Aeros/RubberDucks openings||Average attendance per Aeros/RubberDucks opening
||Average attendance per Eastern League opening
(not including Aeros/RubberDucks openings)
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- "Picnics". Akron Aeros. January 19, 2013. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
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