Fluor Field at the West End
|Former names||West End Field (2006–2008)|
|Location||945 South Main Street|
Greenville, SC 29601
|Owner||Greenville Drive, LLC|
|Operator||Greenville Drive, LLC|
|Field size||Left Field: 310 feet|
Left-Center Field: 379 feet
Center Field: 390 feet
Deep Center Field: 420 feet
Deep Right Field: 380 feet
Right Field: 302 feet
Left-Field Wall: 33 feet
|Broke ground||May 28, 2005|
|Opened||April 6, 2006|
|Construction cost||$15 million|
($19 million in 2019 dollars)
|Structural engineer||Haris Engineering|
|General contractor||EMJ Corp.|
|Greenville Drive (SAL) (2006–present)|
Southern Conference Baseball Tournament (2009, 2012, 2013, 2016–present)
Fluor Field at the West End is a 6,700-seat baseball-only stadium in Greenville, South Carolina that opened on April 6, 2006. Designed by architectural firm DLR Group, it was built as a new home of the Greenville Drive baseball team, the A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.
Fluor Field nearly replicates the dimensions of Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox. The ballpark has its own "Green Monster" replica, a 30-foot high wall in left field as opposed to the 37-foot one found at Fenway, and contains a manual scoreboard. Every other dimension is to the same specifications as Fenway Park, including "Pesky’s Pole" in right field. Other than the tribute to Fenway, Fluor Field also pays tribute to the Greenville area as the ballpark's nostalgic look utilizes reclaimed bricks from local mills. As is the tradition in Fenway Park, Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" is sung in the middle of the eighth inning. Fluor Field is adjacent to the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum.
In 2007, the Greenville Drive privately funded the enhancement of Fluor Field at a cost of approximately $1.5 million. One of these enhancements include a display regarding Greenville's baseball heritage with information about players who were either born or played in the upstate region.
Since 2010, the field has hosted a neutral site game of the Reedy River Rivalry between the Clemson Tigers and South Carolina Gamecocks. The lone exception was in 2012, when that year's neutral site game was played in Charleston. Fluor Field hosts the second of three games spread out over a weekend on a Saturday, as the Friday and Sunday contests rotate yearly between the respective home fields for the two schools. The Gamecocks, as of 2017, hold a 4-3 advantage over the Tigers in games played at Fluor Field. The field has also hosted several regular season collegiate baseball games for South Carolina-based schools since its opening.
Milestones and notable moments
- First pitch: Phil Seibel, on April 6, 2006 at 7:35 pm
- First hit: Jesús Soto, on April 6, 2006, in the 4th inning
- First Drive hit: Jeff Natale, April 6, 2006, in the 4th inning
- First home run: Jesús Soto, April 6, 2006, in the 4th inning
- First Drive home run: Jeff Natale, April 6, 2006, in the 4th inning
- Highest season attendance: Over 350,000 (2012)
- Highest single game attendance: 7,551 (April 4, 2019, (Opening Day, Greenville Drive vs. West Virginia Power) Dustin Pedroia (Boston Red Sox) in starting lineup for rehab session.
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