Volcanoes Stadium

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Volcanoes Stadium
Volcanoes Stadium Keizer Oregon.JPG
Main grandstand in 2009
Volcanoes Stadium is located in Salem OR
Volcanoes Stadium
Volcanoes Stadium
Location in Keizer, Oregon
Volcanoes Stadium is located in Oregon
Volcanoes Stadium
Volcanoes Stadium
Volcanoes Stadium (Oregon)
Location6700 Field of Dreams Way
Keizer, Oregon
OwnerSports Enterprises Inc.
OperatorSports Enterprises Inc.
Capacity4,254 seats. 6,000 including berm areas.
Field sizeLeft – 325 ft (99 m)
Center – 400 ft (122 m)
Right – 325 ft (99 m)
SurfaceNatural grass
Construction
Broke groundJanuary 6, 1997
OpenedJune 22, 1997
Construction cost$6.8 million
($11 million in 2020)
ArchitectArbuckle Costic Architects
Tenants
Salem-Keizer Volcanoes
(NWL/MavL) (1997–present)
Campesinos de Salem-Keizer
(MavL) (2021–present)
Salem Senators (MavL) (2021–present)
Portland Mavericks (MavL) (2021–present)

Volcanoes Stadium is a minor league baseball park in the northwest United States, located in Keizer, Oregon. It is the home field of the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, formerly the Class A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants in the short-season Northwest League.[1]

Nicknamed "Oregon's Field of Dreams", it opened 25 years ago in 1997 and has a capacity of 4,254 people.[2] The ballpark is adjacent to Interstate 5, just beyond the right field fence, and sits at an approximate elevation of 150 feet (45 m) above sea level. The Volcanoes have won five Northwest League championships, in 1998, 2001, 2006, 2007,[3] and 2009. The team moved to Salem-Keizer in 1997, after two seasons in Bellingham, Washington,[4][5] preceded by eleven years in Everett.

The Stadium won a Design Award from the American Institute of Architects. Since its construction, numerous upgrades have been completed at Volcanoes Stadium including 3 major buildings: A 1,000 sq. ft. building was constructed to serve as a Weight Room for the Team and a 5,000+ sq. ft. building was built (2018) to serve as an indoor hitting facility, it houses four (4) cages. Plus, a 1,200 sq. ft. group hospitality building was constructed. Other additions include: a Jumbotron with live video and instant replay capabilities and a separate Volcanotron LED auxiliary scoreboard, A children's play area, three (3) new concession buildings, five (5) new storage buildings, brand-new Stadium sound system (2019), construction of an on-field Group Party Patio, construction of an Entertainment Deck, installation of 4Topps seating, 300+ upper box seats, new Interstate 5 freeway marquee and expansion of the Stadium ticket office, and expansion of the Stadium Team Store. A VIP Hospitality Skybox Suite to complement the Stadium's other ten (10) skybox suites.

Salem's previous NWL teams in the 1980s played at Chemeketa Community College.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Minor League Baseball season was cancelled. Following the cancelled season, Major League Baseball took direct control of Minor League Baseball. The Northwest League was elevated to the High-A classification and contracted to six teams. Along with the Boise Hawks, the Volcanoes were not extended an invitation to continue as a franchise affiliated with a major league organization. The team, however, promised to continue playing in some form in 2021.[6]

On January 26, 2021, the Volcanoes announced the creation of the Mavericks Independent Baseball League, set to begin play in May 2021 with four teams all playing their home games at Volcanoes Stadium: the Volcanoes, the Campesinos de Salem-Keizer (previously the Volcanoes' Copa de la Diversión alter-ego), and the revivals of the Portland Mavericks (an infamous independent Northwest League team which played from 1973 to 1977) and the Salem Senators (a name used by numerous Northwest League teams based in Salem throughout the 20th century).[7]

Other uses[edit]

Volcanoes Stadium is used for other events, including RV shows, birthday parties, and concerts.

The stadium is home to the state high school baseball championships[8] and local little league teams. It also serves as the home field for the baseball team at Corban University.

Under head coach Mike Bellotti, the University of Oregon Ducks played their spring football game at the stadium in early May 1998.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Volcanoes Baseball Official Site". Volcanoesbaseball.com. 2010-08-27. Retrieved 2010-12-04.
  2. ^ "Review of Volcanoes Stadium". Ballparkreviews.com. Retrieved 2010-12-04.
  3. ^ "Volcanoes grab NWL title". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. September 10, 2007. p. C1.
  4. ^ "Northwest League gets new look". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. June 15, 1997. p. 6F.
  5. ^ "Indians opener set for Spokane". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. January 9, 1997. p. C4.
  6. ^ "MLB realignment eliminates short-season baseball, but Volcanoes will play in 2021". Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. Minor League Baseball. December 9, 2020. Retrieved December 14, 2020.
  7. ^ Rawlings, Matt (2020-01-26). "Volcanoes creating four-team independent league". Keizer Times. Retrieved 2020-01-27.
  8. ^ Mims, Steve (May 31, 2005). "Area rarely 0-for-playoffs". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. p. E5.
  9. ^ Clark, Bob (May 2, 1998). "Starters should shine in spring game". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. p. 2D.

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Coordinates: 45°00′54″N 122°59′38″W / 45.015°N 122.994°W / 45.015; -122.994