Fifth Third Bank Ballpark
|Former names||Kane County Events Center (1991–1993)
Philip B. Elfstrom Stadium (1993–2011)
|Location||34W002 Cherry Lane
Geneva, Illinois 60134
|Owner||Kane County Forest Preserve|
|Operator||Kane County Cougars Baseball Club|
|Field size||Left Field – 335 ft
Center Field – 400 ft
Right Field – 335 ft
|Broke ground||May 1990|
|Opened||April 13, 1991|
|Construction cost||$5 million
($8.66 million in 2015 dollars)
$14.5 million (renovation)
|Structural engineer||Harper & Kerr, P.A.|
|Services engineer||Bredson & Associates, Inc.|
|General contractor||Markur Contractors Inc.|
|Kane County Cougars (Midwest League)|
Fifth Third Bank Ballpark was originally named after Philip B. Elfstrom, the former Kane County Forest Preserve President, and the person most responsible for bringing minor league baseball to Kane County.
The Forest Preserve's Elfstrom Stadium serves as the friendly home of the Kane County Cougars, a Chicago Cubs affiliated Class A minor league baseball team. The stadium was constructed in 1991, and in 2001 the Cougars set a league attendance record of 523,222. On May 3, 2012 or "5/3 day", the stadium was officially renamed Fifth Third Bank Ballpark.
On June 18, 2012, Fifth Third Bank Ballbark was the home for the 2012 Midwest League All-Star Game. It was the second All-Star held in the stadium; the first was in 2001.
In 2008, the stadium underwent a $10.5 million renovation project that added a second level seating area, covered concourse, and skybox suites among other amenities. It finished in time for the start of the 2009 baseball season.
In 2014, the Cougars announced that additional capital improvements would be made in time for the 2015 baseball season, including a climate-controlled cage that will also have a weight room and a video-room, allowing access for Cougars and field staff to develop and evaluate players. Also under construction is a high-definition videoboard, which will show promotions, highlights, and instant replays, as well as construction of a premium seating area on the lower-seating bowl area of the ballpark. A pavilion will also be erected to be used predominately for music during game-day, as well as events such as the Cougars' Ballpark Concert Series and non-game-day events, as well. These forthcoming renovations are said to further "modernize" Fifth Third Bank Ballpark and to commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the stadium as well.
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