Blue Wahoos Stadium
|Community Maritime Park|
2012 photo of the Stadium
|Full name||Vince J. Whibbs Sr. Community Maritime Park Stadium|
|Location||449 West Main Street
Pensacola, FL 32502
|Owner||Community Maritime Park Associates|
|Operator||Community Maritime Park Associates|
|Broke ground||September 17, 2009|
|Opened||April 5, 2012|
($24.9 million in 2016 dollars)
Bullock Tice Associates
|Project manager||Hatch Mott MacDonald/Morette|
|Structural engineer||Joe DeReuil Associates, LLC.|
|Services engineer||Schmidt Consulting Engineers|
|General contractor||Magi Construction JV|
|Main contractors||Southeastern Construction Inc.|
|Pensacola Blue Wahoos (SL) (2012–present)
West Florida Argonauts (NCAA) (2016–present)
Blue Wahoos Stadium (located in the Community Maritime Park) is a multi-use park in Pensacola, Florida that includes a stadium, commercial buildings, a waterfront public park and amphitheater. The mixed use stadium holds 5,038 people and can be used for a number of events year-round, including baseball, soccer, football, festivals, graduations, and similar events. The multi-use stadium was originally designed to be the home field of the Pensacola Pelicans; it hosts the Cincinnati Reds Double-A affiliate, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. The stadium is situated facing the Pensacola Bay.
On April 28, 2009, the Pensacola City Council gave final approval for the ballpark to be built.
The entire project cost $54 million and was completed in time for the Blue Wahoos' inaugural home opener on April 5, 2012. Building the ballpark cost $23,845,045.23.
Community Maritime Park Stadium Description
The Vince J. Whibbs Sr. Community Maritime Park Stadium is a 117,000 square feet (10,900 m2), 5,038 seat multi-use stadium. Construction includes precast concrete bowl seating, steel framed elevated slabs, post-tensioned slabs-on-grade, and an auger cast pile foundation with concrete grade beams and pile caps. This project was custom designed to meet the needs for the use by a minor league baseball team as well as for accommodating other sporting and festival type events. The structure and slab-on-grade was pile supported due to poor soil conditions and concern over scour from hurricanes.
During steel fabrication and foundation construction, an AA baseball team was acquired. This acquisition required enhancements to the stadium. This was a challenge for the design team who worked diligently to adjust the structure while using newly constructed elements within the enhancements, while providing subcontractors information needed to keep construction moving forward without incurring additional mobilization fees.
Randall K. and Martha A. Hunter Amphitheater Description
The amphitheater has architecturally exposed steel trusses and frames supporting curved steel roof purlins with a heavy timber, tongue-and-groove roof deck. The steel trusses and frames are designed and shaped to resemble the fronds of a palm tree. The steel structure is supported on concrete piers that are supported on a large concrete pile cap that rests on auger-cast-in-place piles. The concrete piers also support the main stage floor. The stage floor is a flat plate, 8 inches (200 mm) thick post-tensioned concrete slab.
Starting the 2016 season the stadium will host the UWF Argos football team.
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