Recreation Park (Visalia)

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Recreation Ballpark
Rec Park
Location300 North Giddings Street
Visalia, CA 93291
Coordinates36°19′57″N 119°18′17″W / 36.33250°N 119.30472°W / 36.33250; -119.30472Coordinates: 36°19′57″N 119°18′17″W / 36.33250°N 119.30472°W / 36.33250; -119.30472
OwnerCity of Visalia
OperatorVisalia Rawhide Baseball Club
Capacity2,468 (1,888 permanent stadium seats)
Field sizeLeft Field - 320 ft
Left-Center Power Alley - 365 ft
Center Field - 405 ft
Right-Center Power Alley - 365 ft
Right Field - 320 ft
Backstop - 50 ft
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Broke ground1946
OpenedApril 1946
Renovated1967, 2002, 2009
Construction cost$50,000
($656 thousand in 2019 dollars[1])
$11.6 million (renovations)
ArchitectFehlman & LeBarre (renovations)
Tenants
Visalia Rawhide (2009–present)

Recreation Ballpark is a minor league baseball stadium in Visalia, California. It currently serves as the home to the Visalia Rawhide of the California League. The Rawhide is an Advanced-A minor league affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

With only 1,888 seats, plus capacity for another 580 fans on a lawn, it is the smallest MLB-affiliated ballpark.[2]

The ballpark was built by the city of Visalia in 1946. In 2003, the stadium began a six-year renovation and expansion that added a grandstand and more seats on the third-base side.

From 2014 to 2018, Recreation Park hosted Divisions I-VI of the California Interscholastic Federation Central Section Baseball Championships.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  2. ^ Yeager, Joshua. "Visalia to pay $3.6M over 10 years to keep Rawhide at Recreation Ballpark. Are they worth it?". Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Advance-Register. Retrieved 2019-10-20.
  3. ^ "Recreation Ballpark". Minor League Baseball. October 15, 2008. Retrieved February 1, 2012.

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