Dutchess Stadium

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Dutchess Stadium
"The Dutch"
Dutchess Stadium 2.jpg
Location1500 Route 9D
Town of Fishkill, New York
United States
Coordinates41°31′40.48″N 73°57′39.84″W / 41.5279111°N 73.9610667°W / 41.5279111; -73.9610667Coordinates: 41°31′40.48″N 73°57′39.84″W / 41.5279111°N 73.9610667°W / 41.5279111; -73.9610667
OwnerHudson Valley Stadium Corp.
OperatorHudson Valley Stadium Corp.
Capacity4,494
Field sizeLeft field: 325 ft (99 m)
Center field: 400 ft (120 m)
Right field: 325 ft (99 m)
SurfaceAstro-Turf
Construction
Broke groundJanuary 20, 1994[1]
OpenedJune 18, 1994[2]
Construction cost$8.3 million
($14.3 million in 2019 dollars[3])
ArchitectLiscum McCormack VanVoorhis LLP[4]
Structural engineerGeiger Engineers
Services engineerFellenzer Engineering LLP[5]
General contractorMeyer Contracting Corporation[6]
Tenants
Hudson Valley Renegades (NYPL/MAL) 1994–present
Manhattan Jaspers (NCAA) 2015–2019
Hudson Valley Fort (FXFL) 2015

Dutchess Stadium is a sports stadium in the town of Fishkill, New York. Opened in 1994, it holds 4,500 people. It is located on New York State Route 9D.

Visible from the stadium is Fishkill Correctional Facility as well as Interstate 84. Construction of the stadium began in January 1994 and it was ready for Opening Day in June 1994.[7]

Uses[edit]

Dutchess Stadium, August 2010

The stadium is primarily used for baseball, as the home field of the Hudson Valley Renegades minor league baseball team. Formerly the short season-A level team of the Tampa Bay Rays in the New York-Penn League, in 2021 the team will join the new Mid-Atlantic League as the High-A affiliate of the New York Yankees.[8] Each April the stadium hosts the Hudson Valley Baseball Classic between Marist College and the United States Military Academy.[9] Besides baseball it is also used for weddings, catered events and various concerts. The stadium hosts K104's annual KFest concert held in early June, as well as a rock concert, usually held in late August. Performing artists have included Akon, Rihanna, Fat Joe, Counting Crows, Collective Soul, Wilco, Def Leppard, Bob Dylan, Drake and Adam Lambert, among others.

On July 15, 2014, it was announced that Manhattan College's baseball team will play all of their home competitions at Dutchess Stadium [10] The team played their final season in 2019 before returning to Van Cortlandt Park.

The stadium's first football tenant, the Hudson Valley Fort of the Fall Experimental Football League, took up residence in the stadium in October 2015.[11] Some high school football playoff contests were also to be held at the stadium that year, but the stadium was later determined to be unsafe as a football venue and those games were canceled.[12]

Features[edit]

In addition to concessions, the stadium features a kids area, which includes an ice cream shop and play areas. The entire field, excluding the pitchers mound and home plate area, was converted to Astro-Turf in the spring of 2014.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Carter, Christopher (January 27, 1994). "Stadium Crew Breaks Ground Jan. 20" (PDF). Harlem Valley Times. p. A12. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  2. ^ Hanley, Robert (June 19, 1994). "The Old Ball Game Gets New Times at Bat". The New York Times. Retrieved November 8, 2011.
  3. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  4. ^ "Dutchess Stadium". Liscum McCormack VanVoorhis LLP. Retrieved June 2, 2014.
  5. ^ "Sports & Recreational Facilities". Fellenzer Engineering LLP. Retrieved June 2, 2014.
  6. ^ "Renegades Baseball Stadium". Meyer Contracting Corporation. Retrieved June 2, 2014.
  7. ^ Merzbach, Brian. "Hudson Valley Renegades". Ballpark Reviews. Retrieved June 2, 2014.
  8. ^ Reichard, Kevin. "Affiliate Dance 2020". Ballpark Digest. Retrieved November 10, 2020.
  9. ^ "WRWD Hudson Valley Baseball Classic Set For April 24". Army Athletics. April 9, 2013. Archived from the original on June 6, 2014. Retrieved June 2, 2014.
  10. ^ "Baseball to Play 2015 Home Games at Dutchess Stadium". Manhattan College Athletics. July 15, 2014. Retrieved August 12, 2014.
  11. ^ "Brawlers will be part of FXFL". Vindy.com. The Vindicator. July 16, 2015. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  12. ^ Haynes, Stephen (November 4, 2015). "Hudson Valley Fort's season finale canceled". Retrieved November 20, 2015.
  13. ^ McMann, Sean T. (April 5, 2014). "Dutchess Stadium Turf Thrills Hudson Valley Renegades". Poughkeepsie Journal. Retrieved June 2, 2014.

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