Bowling Green Ballpark

Bowling Green Ballpark is a 4,559-seat stadium in Downtown Bowling Green, Kentucky. It is primarily used for baseball and is home to the Bowling Green Hot Rods of the Midwest League of Minor League Baseball. This state-of-the-art stadium opened with Citizens First Opening Night on April 17, 2009 to a standing room only crowd of 6,886. The Bowling Green Hot Rods defeated the Kannapolis Intimidators 8-4 in this much anticipated opening game that brought professional baseball to Bowling Green for the first time in 67 years. Many ceremonial "first" pitches were thrown, and the starting lineup of the Hot Rods were driven onto the field by locally owned vintage Hot Rods. The offices for the Bowling Green Hot Rods and several other touches were finally completed after the 2009 season.

Bowling Green Ballpark
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Location300 8th Avenue
Bowling Green, KY 42101
Coordinates36°59′48.40″N 86°26′27.26″W / 36.9967778°N 86.4409056°W / 36.9967778; -86.4409056Coordinates: 36°59′48.40″N 86°26′27.26″W / 36.9967778°N 86.4409056°W / 36.9967778; -86.4409056
OwnerCity of Bowling Green
OperatorTriple Play, LLC.
Capacity4,559
Field sizeLeft Field: 318 ft (97 m)
Center Field: 400 ft (122 m)
Right Field: 326 ft (99 m)
Construction
Broke groundJune 4, 2008
OpenedApril 17, 2009
Construction cost$28 million
($33.4 million in 2019 dollars[1])
ArchitectDLR Group
Structural engineerHaris Engineering, Inc.[2]
General contractorAlliance Corporation[3]
Tenants
Bowling Green Hot Rods (MWL) (2009–present)

The ballpark is also used occasionally by the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers baseball team to host high profiles games, such as the 2017 and 2019 game against the Kentucky Wildcats baseball.[4][5][6]

Ballpark FeaturesEdit

 
Bowling Green Ballpark from behind home plate prior to a game in 2015

Bowling Green Ballpark was designed by architectural firm DLR Group. The outfield wall in Bowling Green Ballpark is unique in that it is concave in right-center because of the shape of a pre-existing road behind the field. The large video board in right-center includes a 16-foot by 32-foot video screen. Embedded in the left field wall is a 6-foot by 68-foot LED display board, behind which is a picnic area. There are two grass lawn seating areas- one in left-center and one at the right field line. The kids play area boasts an inflatable customized with the Hot Rods' logo, a carousel, and a playground. The Reinhart Club is a bar located on suite level directly behind home plate. Also on the suite level are 10 suites, the Hall of Fame suite, and a party deck, The Coca-Cola Deck.[7]

EventsEdit

From May 23–27, 2012, the venue hosted the 2012 Sun Belt Conference Baseball Tournament,[8] which was won by Louisiana–Monroe.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  2. ^ "Sports Projects". Haris Engineering. Retrieved September 30, 2011.
  3. ^ Knight, Graham. "Bowling Green Ballpark - Bowling Green Hot Rods". Baseball Pilgrimages. Retrieved September 17, 2011.
  4. ^ "Kentucky vs WKU (Mar 21, 2017)". Western Kentucky University. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Kentucky vs Western Kentucky (Mar 21, 2017)". University of Kentucky. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Kentucky (21-20) -vs- Western Kentucky (18-20-1)". Archived from the original on 27 April 2019. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Seating Chart". Minor League Baseball. February 4, 2009. Retrieved March 9, 2014.
  8. ^ "2011-12 Championships". Sun Belt Conference. Archived from the original on September 20, 2011. Retrieved February 12, 2012.
  9. ^ Bishop, Chad (May 27, 2012). "ULM Claims Sun Belt Conference Championship". Bowling Green Daily News. Archived from the original on May 28, 2012. Retrieved May 27, 2012.

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