Howard J. Lamade Stadium

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Howard J. Lamade Stadium
Lamade Stadium
Little League World Series and Lamade Stadium.JPG
Former namesHoward J. Lamade Memorial Field
LocationSouth Williamsport, Pennsylvania
OwnerLittle League Baseball
Capacity8,000–10,000 (40,000+ with surrounding berms)
Field sizeAny area: 225 ft (68.6 m)
SurfaceKentucky Bluegrass
ScoreboardDaktronics BA-2026
Construction
Opened1959, 59 years ago
Renovated1968 (concrete)
1992 (lights)
2006 (dimensions)
Expanded1971[1]
Tenants
Little League World Series

Howard J. Lamade Stadium (pronounced "LAM-a-day") is a baseball stadium in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Each year, along with Little League Volunteer Stadium, it hosts the Little League World Series. The playing field is two-thirds the size of a professional baseball field, with 60-foot (18.3 m) basepaths, a 46-foot (14 m) mound, and after modification in 2006, outfield fences at 225 ft (68.6 m), forming one-fourth of a true circle. Stadium seating capacity is 8,000 to 10,000, much of which is bench seating, while large berms surrounding the stadium provide additional seating allowing over 40,000 spectators.[2]

History[edit]

Originally called Howard J. Lamade Memorial Field, the ballpark opened for the 1959 tournament.[3] Howard J. Lamade was the son of Grit newspaper founder Dietrick Lamade.[4] The younger Lamade was a vice president at Grit Publishing, and served on the board of directors for Little League Baseball in the 1950s.[2] A donation from Grit Publishing was used to purchase land where the stadium is located.[2] The ballpark received its current name in 1968, when the original wood and steel stands were replaced with a concrete stadium.[3]

Renovations[edit]

The exterior of Lamade Stadium in 2007

Lights were added in 1992 to facilitate night game play in conjunction with expansion of the series to round robin play.[5]

In 2006, the fences were moved back 20 ft (6.1 m) to 225 ft (68.6 m) to all fields. This was done because home runs were becoming too common. Other renovations included the extension of the stadium roofs to the end of the grandstands, and some bleachers replaced with individual seats with backs, increasing seating of that type from approximately 600 to 1500.[2]

On August 19, 2011, Lamade Stadium set an attendance record for the game between La Grange, Kentucky, and Clinton County, Pennsylvania, with 41,848 people in the stands and on the hill.[6] It was later broken on August 29, 2015, when Lewisberry, Pennsylvania, defeated Pearland, Texas, with 45,716 in attendance.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Running the bases: Looking back at 75 years of Little League". sportsbusinessdaily.com. August 4, 2014. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d "Little League World Series Venues". ESPN. August 12, 2013. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Howard J. Lamade Stadium Named 2018 Field of Distinction". littleleague.org. February 20, 2018. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  4. ^ Reichard, Kevin (July 7, 2010). "Howard Lamade Stadium / Little League World Series". ballparkdigest.com. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  5. ^ "Little Leaguers are set to play under the lights". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Associated Press. August 24, 1992. p. 1C.
  6. ^ "Central Pa. team shut down by Kentucky". The Philadelphia Inquirer. AP. August 20, 2011. p. E05. Retrieved August 21, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  7. ^ "Pa. team tops Texas, will face Japan in title game". The Philadelphia Inquirer. AP. August 30, 2015. p. D03. Retrieved August 21, 2018 – via newspapers.com.

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Coordinates: 41°14′N 76°59′W / 41.23°N 76.98°W / 41.23; -76.98