Wild Health Field

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Wild Health Field
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Wild Health Field viewed from North Broadway
Former namesApplebee's Park (2001–2010)
Whitaker Bank Ballpark (2011–2020)
Lexington Legends Ballpark (2021)
Location207 Legends Lane
Lexington, KY 40505
Coordinates38°03′56″N 84°28′43″W / 38.06545°N 84.47852°W / 38.06545; -84.47852Coordinates: 38°03′56″N 84°28′43″W / 38.06545°N 84.47852°W / 38.06545; -84.47852
OwnerLexington Professional Baseball Company, LLC
OperatorLexington Professional Baseball Company, LLC
Capacity6,994 fixed seats (picnic, lawn & standing room areas bring total to over 9,000)
15,000 (concerts & special events)
Field sizeLeft Field: 320 feet
Center Field: 401 feet
Right Field: 318 feet
SurfaceTurf
Construction
Broke groundFebruary 7, 2000[1]
OpenedApril 9, 2001[2]
Construction cost$13.5 million
($20.7 million in 2021 dollars[3])
ArchitectBrisbin Brook Benyon Architects, Ltd.
Project managerNational Sports Services
Structural engineerHalcrow Yolles[4]
Services engineerThe Mitchell Partnership, Inc.[5]
General contractorH&M Company, Inc.[6]
Tenants
Lexington Legends (SAL/ALPB) (2001–present)
Wild Health Genomes (ALPB) (2022–present)

Wild Health Field is a ballpark in Lexington, Kentucky. It is primarily used for baseball, and is the home field of the Lexington Legends and the Wild Health Genomes of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, an official Partner League of Major League Baseball.[7] It was built in 2001. It holds 6,994 people.[8] From 2001 until 2010, the stadium was named Applebee's Park. In January 2011, it was announced that the naming rights to the stadium had been bought by Whitaker Bank Corporation, and the stadium was renamed Whitaker Bank Ballpark. The deal ended in 2021.[9][10]

In February 2022, the Legends announced that the stadium would be renamed Wild Health Field following a new naming rights agreement with Wild Health, a Lexington-based health clinic specializing in genomics-based precision medicine and wellness.[11]

Features[edit]

Wild Health Field is modeled after larger minor-league and major-league stadiums. It features the "Pepsi Party Deck" over the right field wall. This area is available to rent by groups. Along the first base line is the "Budweiser Stables," where fans can order beer and watch a game from an area of picnic tables. Behind home plate and accessible from the stadium's main entrance, the "Kentucky Ale Taproom" restaurant caters to members and guests with passes. The third base line features a small but popular area for families to watch the games. This area includes a kids area with a playground, bouncer and obstacle course. The bleachers, behind left field, holds more fans. There are two videoboards and one manual out-of-town scoreboard.[7] The ballpark contains 785 club seats and 24 luxury suites.[6]

The stadium's largest crowd to date came on June 6, 2006, when a standing-room-only crowd of over 9,300 was on hand to witness what the team dubbed "Rocket Relaunch" — Roger Clemens's first stop on his return to the Houston Astros.[12]

Ballpark firsts[edit]

  • Game: April 9, 2001 (7:16 p.m. EST)
  • Attendance: 8,037[13]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Groundbreaking Today For Baseball Stadium". Lexington Herald-Leader. February 7, 2000. Retrieved September 14, 2011.
  2. ^ Carlson, Erik A. (December 10, 2010). "Applebee's Relinquishes Naming Rights to Lexington Legends Homefield". Business Lexington. Retrieved September 14, 2011.
  3. ^ 1634–1699: McCusker, J. J. (1997). How Much Is That in Real Money? A Historical Price Index for Use as a Deflator of Money Values in the Economy of the United States: Addenda et Corrigenda (PDF). American Antiquarian Society. 1700–1799: McCusker, J. J. (1992). How Much Is That in Real Money? A Historical Price Index for Use as a Deflator of Money Values in the Economy of the United States (PDF). American Antiquarian Society. 1800–present: Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved April 16, 2022.
  4. ^ "David Watson". Entuitive, Ltd. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  5. ^ The Mitchell Partnership, Inc. - Applebee's Park Lexington, Kentucky
  6. ^ a b Rofe, John (April 9, 2001). "Lexington, Others Continue Building Boom for Minors". SportsBusiness Journal. Retrieved September 14, 2011.
  7. ^ a b "Whitaker Bank Ballpark". Lexington Legends. December 21, 2006. Archived from the original on May 15, 2008. Retrieved November 24, 2009.
  8. ^ Merzbach, Brian. "Whitaker Bank Ballpark". Ballpark Reviews. Archived from the original on June 30, 2003. Retrieved November 24, 2009.
  9. ^ Maloney, Mark; Sloan, Scott (January 21, 2011). "Legends' Stadium Renamed Whitaker Bank Ballpark". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved January 24, 2011.
  10. ^ New for 2011: Whitaker Bank Ballpark
  11. ^ Rosen, Kristina (February 8, 2022). "Lexington announces second minor league baseball team: The Kentucky Wild Health Genomes". LEX18.com.
  12. ^ "Roger Clemens To Start For Legends On Tuesday, June 6th". Our Sports Central. May 31, 2006. Retrieved January 24, 2011.
  13. ^ "Whitaker Bank Ballpark Firsts". Lexington Legends. January 8, 2007. Archived from the original on July 14, 2011. Retrieved November 24, 2009.

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