Smith's Ballpark

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Smith's Ballpark
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April 2009
Former names Spring Mobile Ballpark
(2009–2014)
Franklin Covey Field
(1997–2009)
Franklin Quest Field
(1994–1997)
Location 1365 South West Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
Coordinates 40°44′28″N 111°53′35″W / 40.741°N 111.893°W / 40.741; -111.893Coordinates: 40°44′28″N 111°53′35″W / 40.741°N 111.893°W / 40.741; -111.893
Owner City of Salt Lake City
Operator Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment Group
Capacity 14,511[1]
Record attendance 16,531 (July 22, 2000
vs. Albuquerque)
Field size Left Field - 345 ft (105 m)
Left-Center - 385 ft (117 m)
Center Field - 420 ft (128 m)
Right-Center - 375 ft (114 m)
Right Field - 315 ft (96 m)
Surface Natural grass
Construction
Broke ground May 19, 1993[2]
Opened April 11, 1994[7][3]
23 years ago
Construction cost $23 million[3]
($37.2 million in 2016[4])
Architect Populous and Valentiner, Crane, Brunjes & Onyon
Structural engineer H/T Engineers, Inc.[5]
Services engineer Bredson & Associates, Inc.[6]
General contractor Sahara Construction[3]
Tenants
Salt Lake Bees (PCL) (1994–present)
Utah Utes (Pac-12) (1994–present)
Salt Lake City  is located in USA West
Salt Lake City 
Salt Lake City 
Location in the western United States
Smith's Ballpark at sunset in 2009
An entrance gate in 2013

Smith's Ballpark (formerly known as Franklin Quest Field, later Franklin Covey Field,[8] and more recently Spring Mobile Ballpark) is a minor league baseball park in the western United States, located in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is the home field of the Salt Lake Bees of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League and the collegiate Utah Utes of the Pac-12 Conference.

Smith's Ballpark opened 23 years ago in 1994 with a seating capacity of 15,400, the largest in the PCL. It is located on the site of its predecessor, Derks Field, with a similar unorthodox southeast alignment,[9] toward the Wasatch Range. The elevation at street level is 4,230 feet (1,290 m) above sea level.

History[edit]

In its inaugural season in 1994, the Buzz set a PCL attendance record with 713,224 fans.[10] The team led the PCL in attendance in each of its first six seasons in Salt Lake. The largest crowd at the ballpark is 16,531 in 2000; the Saturday night opponent was the Albuquerque Dukes on July 22.[3]

Besides hosting the Salt Lake Bees, Smith's Ballpark has played host to two exhibition games featuring the Minnesota Twins, a spring training game featuring the Seattle Mariners and the Colorado Rockies, concerts, soccer matches, and high school and college baseball games, including a Mountain West Conference tournament.[11]

The ballpark has hosted the Triple-A All-Star Game twice. In 1996, a team of National League-affiliated All-Stars defeated their American League opponents, 2–1. Salt Lake's Todd Walker was selected as the PCL MVP.[12] The game returned to the park in 2011 with the International League All-Stars beating the PCL team, 3–0.[13]

After Franklin Covey's 15-year naming rights agreements expired in 2009, an agreement with Spring Mobile, an AT&T Mobility authorized retailer, made the ballpark's name Spring Mobile Ballpark for five seasons.[14]

In March 2014, it was announced that Salt Lake City-based Smith's Food and Drug had signed a six-year naming rights deal, giving the park its current name.[15]

Features[edit]

Smith's Ballpark has one of the biggest upper decks in the minor leagues, which are uncommon outside of the majors. The ballpark also contains 24 luxury suites on the third level along with two private party patios.

Smith's Ballpark is noted for its stunning views of the Wasatch Mountains over the left and center field walls.[16]

Naming rights[edit]

When the ballpark opened in 1994, it was called Franklin Quest Field, which the Franklin Quest Company paid $1.4 million for 15 years for the naming rights in the summer of 1993.[17] It changed its name to Franklin Covey Field in 1997 after Franklin Quest merged with the Covey Leadership Center, becoming Franklin Covey.

In 2009, the Bees announced on April 7 that they had reached a multi-year naming-rights deal with Spring Mobile (a Salt Lake City-based AT&T authorized retailer) to provide the ballpark's new name of Spring Mobile Ballpark which ran for five seasons.[18] In 2014, Smith's Food and Drug signed a six-year agreement to rename it Smith's Ballpark.[15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Salt Lake Bees". 2017 Pacific Coast League Sketch & Record Book. Minor League Baseball. 2017. p. 65. 
  2. ^ Evensen, Jay (May 20, 1993). "Dignitaries Dig in, Break Ground for New Stadium". Deseret News. Salt Lake City: Deseret Digital Media. Retrieved February 24, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d "2011 Salt Lake Bees Media Guide" (PDF). Minor League Baseball. April 8, 2011. Retrieved September 22, 2011. 
  4. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  5. ^ "About". H/T Engineers, Inc. Retrieved September 22, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Pro Baseball Sports Facilities". Bredson & Associates, Inc. Archived from the original on April 10, 2002. Retrieved August 8, 2013. 
  7. ^ Jorgensen, Loren (April 12, 1994). "A new era". Deseret News. (Salt Lake City, Utah). p. D1. 
  8. ^ Benson, Lee (April 9, 2009). "Changing Names of Ballparks is a Tradition". Deseret News. Salt Lake City: Deseret Digital Media. Retrieved March 13, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Official Baseball Rules - Rule 2.01: Layout of the field" (PDF). Major League Baseball. p. 2. Retrieved April 2, 2017. 
  10. ^ Facer, Dirk (August 29, 1997). "Buzz Attendance Falls but Still Tops PCL". Deseret News. Salt Lake City: Deseret Digital Media. Retrieved February 20, 2014. 
  11. ^ Facer, Dirk (June 28, 2009). "Ballpark Has Seen Plenty of Action in Its 16 Years". Deseret News. Salt Lake City: Deseret Digital Media. Retrieved March 13, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Triple-A All-Star Game Results (1993–1997)". Triple-A Baseball. Retrieved July 7, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Triple-A All-Star Game Results (2008–20111)". Triple-A Baseball. Retrieved July 7, 2017. 
  14. ^ Jorgensen, Loren (April 8, 2009). "Salt Lake Bees' Ballpark Renamed". Deseret News. Salt Lake City: Deseret Digital Media. Retrieved February 20, 2014. 
  15. ^ a b "Smith's Ballpark Unveiled as New Stadium Name for Bees". Minor League Baseball. March 5, 2014. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  16. ^ Jarvis, Gary. "Spring Mobile Ballpark". Minor League Ballparks. Retrieved February 20, 2014. 
  17. ^ Benson, Lee (July 23, 1993). "Stadium's New Name Completes Salt Lake's Demolition of Derks". Deseret News. Salt Lake City: Deseret Digital Media. Retrieved April 30, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Home of the Bees Renamed: Spring Mobile Ballpark" (Press release). Minor League Baseball. April 7, 2009. Retrieved April 13, 2010. 

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Events and tenants
Preceded by
first stadium
Home of the
Salt Lake Bees

1994 – present
Succeeded by
current