Louisville Slugger Field

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Louisville Slugger Field
Slugger Field, LSF
Louisville Slugger Field, Kentucky.jpg
Location 401 East Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Coordinates 38°15′22.27″N 85°44′40.75″W / 38.2561861°N 85.7446528°W / 38.2561861; -85.7446528Coordinates: 38°15′22.27″N 85°44′40.75″W / 38.2561861°N 85.7446528°W / 38.2561861; -85.7446528
Owner The Metro Development Authority
Louisville Baseball Club, Inc.
Operator Louisville Baseball Club, Inc.
Capacity Baseball:13,131
Soccer:8,000[1]
Field size Left Field: 325 feet
Center Field: 405 feet
Right Field: 340 feet
Surface Kentucky Bluegrass
Construction
Broke ground November 13, 1998[2]
Opened April 12, 2000
Construction cost $40 million
($54.8 million in 2015 dollars[3])
Architect HNTB
K. Norman Berry Associates[4]
Structural engineer Rangaswamy & Associates[4]
Services engineer CMTA Consulting Engineers[5]
General contractor Turner/Barton Malow[6]
Tenants
Louisville Bats (IL) (2000–present)
Louisville City FC (USL) (2015–present)

Louisville Slugger Field is a baseball stadium in Louisville, Kentucky. The baseball-specific stadium opened in 2000 with a seating capacity of 13,131. It is currently home to the Louisville Bats, AAA affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, and Louisville City FC of the United Soccer League. Seating capacity for soccer games is approximately 8,000, due to restricted sight lines.

The unique design of Louisville Slugger Field includes a former train shed on the site which was incorporated into the stadium. The Ohio River and state of Indiana are visible from the park, as well as views of downtown [[Louisville, Kentucky|Louisville]. Naming rights for the stadium were purchased by Hillerich & Bradsby, makers of the famous Louisville Slugger baseball bat, and the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is located several blocks further down Main Street. The stadium is accessible from I-64, I-65, and I-71.

History[edit]

The Louisville Bats and the City of Louisville broke ground on Louisville Slugger Field on November 13, 1998. In front of an estimated crowd of 1,000, Mayor Jerry Abramson and Governor Paul E. Patton cut out the first home plate before they broke the ground with Bats President Gary Ulmer and other officials.[2]

On April 14, 2006, a stadium record crowd of 14,123 watched the Bats lose their 2006 season home opener to the Ottawa Lynx 6–4.[7]

The stadium hosted the 2008 Triple-A All-Star Game, in which the Pacific Coast League All-Stars defeated the International League All-Stars 6–3 in front of a sellout crowd.[8]

On July 8, 2009, John Mellencamp, Bob Dylan, and Willie Nelson held a concert at the ballpark.[9][10]

In March 2015 Louisville City FC, a USL soccer team in the third division of U.S. professional soccer, played its first home game in franchise history at the stadium.

Features[edit]

The design of Louisville Slugger Field is a joint effort of HNTB Architects of Kansas City, Mo and K. Norman Berry Associates of Louisville. The field was financed through a partnership between the city, the Bats, Hillerich & Bradsby, the Brown Foundation, Humana Inc. and the Humana Foundation.[2]

The stadium includes 11,522 fixed seats with room for 1,609 additional spectators in the picnic areas and berm sections.[11] The ballpark also includes 32 private suites, 850 second-level club seats, a continuous concourse around the field, an outfield seating berm, extensive press facilities, concessions and restrooms, a children's play area, team and administrative offices and numerous retail amenities.[2] Spectators enter the stadium through the restored "train shed" building, which was formerly the Brinly-Hardy Co. warehouse.[2]

The Main Street side of the building includes exterior access to a microbrewery and restaurant located within the facility, as well as a statue of Louisville native and Baseball Hall of Famer Pee Wee Reese. The Witherspoon Street entrance, diagonally situated from Waterfront Park includes a statue of football Hall of Famer, Paul Hornung.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.courier-journal.com/story/sports/soccer/louisville-city-fc/2015/03/27/louisville-city-fc-supporters-ready-clubs-opener-vs-saint-louis-fc/70555952/
  2. ^ a b c d e "History". Louisville Baseball Club, Inc. December 15, 2005. Retrieved September 29, 2011. 
  3. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Architectual [sic] Awards". Masonry Magazine. June 2002. Retrieved September 29, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Slugger Field". CMTA Consulting Engineers. Archived from the original on April 2, 2012. Retrieved February 15, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Sports". Turner Construction. Archived from the original on December 21, 2010. Retrieved September 29, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Bats Fall in Front of Record Crowd, 6-4". Minor League Baseball. April 14, 2006. Retrieved May 12, 2012. 
  8. ^ Cook, Josh (July 9, 2008). "An All-Star Comeback". The Courier-Journal (Louisville). p. V12. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Bob Dylan - Louisville, KY - Jul 8, 2009". Bob Dylan Official Website. July 8, 2009. Retrieved September 6, 2009. 
  10. ^ "The Bob Dylan Show at Louisville Slugger Field (Louisville)". Last.fm. July 8, 2009. Retrieved September 6, 2009. 
  11. ^ Byczkowski, John (September 11, 1999). "Louisville Move a Winner for Reds". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved May 22, 2012. 

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Events and tenants
Preceded by
Cardinal Stadium
Home of the
Louisville Bats

2000 – present
Succeeded by
current