Joliet Route 66 Stadium

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Joliet Route 66 Stadium
Silver Cross Field.jpg
Former names Silver Cross Field
Location One Mayor Art Schultz Drive, Joliet, Illinois 60432
Owner City of Joliet
Capacity Baseball: 6,016
Field size Left – 330'
Center-field – 400'
Right – 327'
Surface Sod
Construction
Broke ground March 7, 2001
Opened June 6, 2002
Construction cost US$27 million
Architect Sink Combs Dethlefs
Tenants
Joliet Jackhammers (NoL) (2002-2010)
Joliet Slammers (FL) (2011-present)

Joliet Route 66 Stadium is a baseball field located in Joliet, Illinois. The stadium was built in 2002 and holds 6,016 people. It is the home of the Joliet Slammers.

In December 2010, the Joliet Jackhammers were sold to Steel City Baseball LLC. As a result of the details of the sale, mainly pertaining to the non-payment of outstanding debts, the Joliet Jackhammers ceased operations.

Stadium[edit]

Joliet Route 66 Stadium has two levels; the main level and a second level of suites. The main seating area runs from first to third base and there are about 20 rows. There is a general admission lawn area where people may bring blankets. There are no outfield seats. There is a concourse that goes completely around the field but the concourse in right field is behind the fence and one cannot see the field from this area.

The ballpark's former name was "Silver Cross Field," with the naming rights belonging to Silver Cross Hospital. In November 2017, the City of Joliet announced their plan for "Joliet Route 66 Stadium," which includes a new facade showcasing the area's automotive history centered around U.S. Route 66.[1] This highway originally connected nearby Chicago to Santa Monica, California, and inspired many popular culture trends.

Transportation[edit]

There are many ways to get to the ballpark. Joliet Union Station, serving two Metra commuter lines, is right outside the stadium. Because it is located in downtown Joliet, there is a lot of free parking near the stadium. There are also bus lines near the stadium.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Joliet gives stadium a new name". The Herald-News. Retrieved November 8, 2017. 

External links[edit]

Events and tenants
Preceded by
Haymarket Park
Host of the NoL All-Star Game
Silver Cross Field

2004
Succeeded by
U.S. Steel Yard
Preceded by
Canwest Park
Host of the NoL All-Star Game
Silver Cross Field

2009
Succeeded by
Hi Corbett Field

Coordinates: 41°31′32.56″N 88°4′40.44″W / 41.5257111°N 88.0779000°W / 41.5257111; -88.0779000