Parkview Field
Parkview Field
Parkview Field logo.jpg
Parkview Field 2009.JPG
Location 1301 Ewing Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Coordinates 41°4?26.6?N 85°8?34.3?W / 41.074056°N 85.142861°W / 41.074056; -85.142861Coordinates: 41°4?26.6?N 85°8?34.3?W / 41.074056°N 85.142861°W / 41.074056; -85.142861
Owner Hardball Capital
Operator Hardball Capital
Capacity 6,516 (Fixed seats)
8,100 (Total)
Field size Left Field - 336 ft (102 m)
Center Field - 400 ft (122 m)
Right Field - 318 ft (97 m)
Surface Kentucky Bluegrass
Construction
Broke ground December 26, 2007
Opened April 16, 2009
Construction cost $30.6 million
($34.2 million in 2016 dollars[1])
Architect Populous
Structural engineer Engineering Resources Inc.[2]
Services engineer Henderson Engineers Inc.[3]
General contractor Weigand Construction
Tenants
Fort Wayne TinCaps (MWL) (2009-present)

Parkview Field is a minor league baseball stadium located in the central business district of Fort Wayne, Indiana, U.S.

History

Parkview Field was built as the new home of the Midwest League's Fort Wayne TinCaps, Single-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, replacing Memorial Stadium. The stadium is also one of the central components to the Harrison Square revitalization project in downtown Fort Wayne. The naming rights were bought by Parkview Health at $3 million over 10 years.[4]

Opening Day was held April 16, 2009 before a sold-out crowd of 8,208. The TinCaps shut out the Dayton Dragons 7-0.[5]

A record attendance of 8,572 made it to Parkview Field on August 6, 2009 not only to watch the TinCaps, but take part in festivities held celebrating Fort Wayne's All-America City designation, pushing the overall season attendance past 300,000.[6] That record was broken on April 5, 2012 when 8,577 attended Opening Day 2012.[7] The record was again broken July 4, 2013 with 8,780 in attendance.[8] The attendance record was broken once again on July 4, 2017 with 9,266 fans attending.

Parkview Field hosted the 2010 Midwest League All-Star Game.[9]

Features

  • The ballpark contains 16 luxury suites
  • The Appleseed Picnic Pavilion is an old-fashioned ballpark picnic with terraced picnic table seating that wraps around the right field foul pole and extends right down to field level, which accommodates 50-2,500 people[10]
  • The Treetops Rooftop Party Area resembles the rooftops at Wrigley Field. Entrees and side items are served throughout the game. Groups as small as 50, up to as large as 250, can enjoy the bird's eye view of all the action.[11]
  • Located atop the outfield wall in left field is the Home Run Porch. Complete with food rails in front of each seat, wider, more comfortable padded seats and an overhead trellis, this section accommodates 20-160 guests.[12]
  • The park contains lawn seating sections. In 2017, a section of the lawn seating was dedicated to Frederick Waldor, a prominent Fort Wayne native and early investor in the stadium.
  • A one-of-a-kind luxury suite equipped with a bar and concessions named the 400 club opened in April 2013. The $800,000 private-investment stands alone as the only such seating area in the minor leagues; located in the "batters eye" (section of a ball park usually blocked off and plain so as not to distract the current batter).
Entrance plaza at night.

References

  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800-". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved 2017. 
  2. ^ "Parks/Recreation". Engineering Resources Inc. Retrieved 2014. 
  3. ^ "Sports/Recreation". Henderson Engineers, Inc. Retrieved 2014. 
  4. ^ Stone, Drew (September 12, 2008). "Introducing Parkview Field". The News-Sentinel. Fort Wayne. Retrieved 2009. 
  5. ^ West, Nick (April 17, 2009). "TinCaps on a Roll". The News-Sentinel. Fort Wayne. Retrieved 2009. 
  6. ^ Davis, Tom (August 7, 2009). "TinCaps Batters Connect Early and Often to Take Massive Lead". The News-Sentinel. Fort Wayne. Retrieved 2012. 
  7. ^ Pope, LaMond (April 6, 2012). "Error-prone TinCaps Lose". The Journal Gazette. Fort Wayne. Retrieved 2012. 
  8. ^ "TinCaps Shut Out in Front of Record Crowd". The Journal Gazette. Fort Wayne. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2013. 
  9. ^ "Parkview Health Steps Up to the Plate". Minor League Baseball. September 11, 2008. Retrieved 2009. 
  10. ^ "Huntington University Picnic Pavilion". Minor League Baseball. October 14, 2009. Retrieved 2014. 
  11. ^ "Treetops Rooftop Party Area". Minor League Baseball. October 14, 2009. Retrieved 2014. 
  12. ^ "Home Run Porch". Minor League Baseball. October 14, 2009. Retrieved 2014. 

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