Everett Memorial Stadium

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Everett Memorial Stadium
Everett Memorial Stadium baseball field.jpg
The baseball field in 2015
Location3900 Broadway
Everett, Washington
United States
OwnerEverett School District
OperatorEverett School District
CapacityBaseball: 3,682
Football: 12,000
Field sizeLeft Field: 330 ft (101 m)
Center Field: 395 ft (120 m)
Right Field: 330 ft (101 m)
Acreage20 acres (8.1 ha)
SurfaceArtificial turf
Construction
Opened1947 (72 years ago) (1947)
Expanded1998
Tenants
Everett AquaSox (NWL) 1995–present
Everett Giants (NWL) 1984–1994
Everett Reign (WFA) 2013–present

Everett Memorial Stadium is an outdoor sports complex in Everett, Washington, which includes a stadium for football and a ballpark for baseball. Opened in 1947, it has been the home field of the Everett AquaSox, a Minor League Baseball team in the Northwest League, and its predecessor, the Everett Giants, since 1984. In 2019, the ballpark became known as Funko Field. The football stadium has been home to the Everett Reign, a women's football team, since 2013. The complex is owned by the Everett School District, whose schools use both stadiums for their athletic programs. It is also home to the Puget Sound Festival of Bands, an annual marching band competition. The facility was remodeled in 1998 to have a seating capacity of 3,682 people for baseball and 12,000 for football.[1]

History[edit]

The stadium sits on land donated by the Everett Lodge of Elks 479 to the Everett School District in 1947, dedicated in memory of Everett citizens who died during military service in World War II.[2]

The first professional team to play at the stadium was the Everett Giants, playing in the Northwest League of Class A baseball. The first Giants game held at the stadium was played against the Bellingham Mariners in front of a crowd of 3,527 on June 19, 1984.[3]

On June 17, 1987, with 3,122 fans watching, Ken Griffey Jr., playing for the Bellingham Mariners, hit his first professional home run over the left field wall, with the ball landing in the street approximately 387 feet (118 m) from home plate. A plaque on the sidewalk marks the site just outside the left field wall.[4]

The baseball stadium underwent extensive renovations in 1998, at a cost of $5 million. The upgrade increased capacity by 1,400 seats to the present 3,682 and added a larger concession area and new lighting.[5] The renovation was funded by a motel-hotel tax approved by the Washington State Legislature in 1994.[6]

On October 17, 2017, citing the poor condition of the field's natural grass surface when the stadium was used by the Everett High School and Everett Community College baseball teams, which rendered the field near-unusable for games played by both schools, the natural grass field was switched to an artificial surface. Work began on October 31, 2017,[7] and was completed in April 2018.[8] It is one of three ballparks in the Northwest League to have an artificial turf field. The Eugene Emeralds' PK Park and the Hillsboro Hops' Ron Tonkin Field are the others.[9]

On March 19, 2019, the Everett School Board approved a $1.1 million, eight-year sponsorship agreement with local toymaker Funko to brand the baseball field as Funko Field at Everett Memorial Stadium.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Everett Memorial Stadium Minor League History". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
  2. ^ "In 1947 Everett Memorial Stadium was dedicated to veterans" (PDF). Everett School District. November 11, 2015. Retrieved June 12, 2016.
  3. ^ Rockne, Dick (June 20, 1984). "Crowd runneth over as Everett welcomes pro ball". The Seattle Times. p. E1.
  4. ^ Cotterill, TJ. "Minor league treasure: Ken Griffey Jr. was both the superstar and The Kid". TheNewsTribune.com. Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  5. ^ Brennan, Melanie (June 16, 1998). "Aquasox – Everett Stadium More Fan-Friendly". The Seattle Times. Retrieved June 12, 2016.
  6. ^ Brooks, Diane (August 2, 1994). "Giants Will Be Up First for Share of Hotel Tax". The Seattle Times. p. B1.
  7. ^ "AquaSox Baseball Field Gets a Makeover". Everett AquaSox. Minor League Baseball. November 2, 2017. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  8. ^ Petrowski, Don (April 15, 2018). "Prep baseball gallery: Hawks top Everett in Friday game at renovated Everett stadium". MLT News. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  9. ^ Patterson, Nick (October 17, 2017). "Everett Memorial Stadium's baseball field converting to turf". HeraldNet. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  10. ^ Bryan, Zachariah (March 20, 2019). "Baseball gets more fun: AquaSox venue renamed Funko Field". The Everett Herald. Retrieved March 20, 2019.

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Coordinates: 47°58′01″N 122°12′11″W / 47.967°N 122.203°W / 47.967; -122.203