Melaleuca Field

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Melaleuca Field
Location 568 West Elva
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83406
Coordinates 43°30′19″N 112°02′16″W / 43.505161°N 112.037861°W / 43.505161; -112.037861
Owner Elmore Sports Group
Operator Elmore Sports Group
Capacity 3,400
Field size Left Field: 350 ft (104 m)
Center Field: 390 ft (122 m)
Right Field: 335 ft (107 m)
Surface Natural Grass
Construction
Broke ground October 2006
Opened June 22, 2007
Construction cost $5.6 million
($6.47 million in 2016 dollars[1])
Architect Nielson, Bodily and Associates[2]
Structural engineer ES2 Structural Engineers[2]
Services engineer Havlovick Engineering Services, Inc.[2]
General contractor Bateman-Hall, Inc.[2]
Tenants
Idaho Falls Chukars (Pioneer League)

Melaleuca Field is a stadium in Idaho Falls, Idaho. It is primarily used for baseball, and is the home field of the Idaho Falls Chukars Minor League Baseball team. It was built during the Pioneer League 2006-07 offseason. American Legion and local high school games are also played at the field.

By 2004, the old stadium that used to sit on the same lot, McDermott Field, was outdated, deteriorating, and viewed as an unsuitable baseball venue. In May of that year, the Chukars approached the City of Idaho Falls about a major renovation; the estimated cost was $3.35 million. After the city agreed to allocate $2 million toward the project, the Chukars started a "Step Up To The Plate" fundraising campaign to come up with the remaining $1.35 million.[3] Despite a fundraising campaign launched by the city of Idaho Falls, a sharp rise in anticipated construction costs resulted in a budget shortfall of half a million dollars. Idaho Falls multi-level marketing company Melaleuca donated $600,000 to complete the construction and the stadium was renamed Melaleuca Field on June 22, 2007.[4][5]

The old McDermott Field stadium was torn down on October 30, 2006, and the new Melaleuca Field stadium was dedicated on June 22, 2007. The new stadium includes a seating capacity of 3,400, eight luxury boxes, two large concession booths, and a sponsored hot tub on the right field line.[6]

Features[edit]

The grandstand includes 1,200 box seats, 1,459 bench seats with backs, eight custom suites with balcony seating, a large press box, two large concession booths, a souvenir shop and various offices.[2] The playing surface is natural grass (Kentucky bluegrass).[7]

The concourse wraps around the playing field with a picnic area on the third base side and a party area with hot tub on the first base side. A separate building next to the field contains two locker rooms and extra storage.[2]

Awards[edit]

In 2007, Melaleuca Field was awarded “Best Ballpark Renovation” in the inaugural Ballpark Digest Awards of Distinction.[8] In 2015, the field was selected by fans as the top rookie-level ballpark in Ballpark Digest’s Best of the Ballparks contest and was named fourth best rookie-level ballpark by the Digest.[9] On August 14, 2017, Melaleuca Field welcomed the one millionth fan in the new ballpark's history.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Melaleuca Baseball Field". Mountain States Construction. December 1, 2007. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Step Up To The Plate: A Capital Campaign for Idaho Falls' New Ballpark". www.milb.com. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved 3 November 2015. 
  4. ^ "Melaleuca Field History". www.melaleucafield.com. Retrieved 3 November 2015. 
  5. ^ Menser, Paul (31 October 2006). "Out with the old". www.postregister.com. The Post Register. Retrieved 3 November 2015. 
  6. ^ "Melaleuca Field". Ballpark Digest. January 4, 2009. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Melaleuca Field Information". IFChukars.com. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved 26 January 2016. 
  8. ^ Reichard, Kevin. "Ballpark Digest announces inaugural Awards of Distinction". BallparkDigest.com. Ballpark Digest. Retrieved 2 October 2015. 
  9. ^ "Best of the Ballparks: Melaleuca Field". BallparkDigest.com. Ballpark Digest. Retrieved 2 October 2015. 
  10. ^ Keleher, Katie. "Chukars get one millionth fan". LocalNews8.com. Retrieved 15 August 2017. 

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