Canal Park (Akron, Ohio)

Canal Park is a baseball stadium located in Akron, Ohio, United States, that is the home of the Akron RubberDucks of the Eastern League. The team is a double-A minor-league affiliate of the Cleveland Guardians. Opened in 1997, the stadium was designed by Populous, then known as HOK Sport, the same architectural firm that designed the Guardians' Progressive Field, which opened three years earlier. The stadium takes its name from its location adjacent to the Ohio and Erie Canal, which runs behind the left-field wall.

Canal Park
Location300 South Main Street
Akron, Ohio 44308
Coordinates41°04′41″N 81°31′20″W / 41.077924°N 81.522202°W / 41.077924; -81.522202
OwnerCity of Akron
OperatorAkron Professional Baseball Inc.
Field sizeLeft Field: 331 feet (101 m)
Left Center: 376 feet (115 m)
Center Field: 400 feet (120 m)
Right Center: 375 feet (114 m)
Right Field: 337 feet (103 m)
SurfaceKentucky Bluegrass
Broke groundJanuary 5, 1996
Construction costUS$32 million
($58.3 million in 2022 dollars[1])
Project managerH. R. Gray[4]
Structural engineerDLZ, Inc.[2]
Services engineerBredson & Associates, Inc.[3]
General contractorSummit Construction Co., Inc.
Akron RubberDucks (EL) 1997–present
Former scoreboard display at Canal Park before installation of the new HD videoboard in 2013.

Features edit

The stadium is designed as a single deck with the concourse at the top. Seats extend all the way from one foul pole to the other (farther than most other parks at this level), and most sections contain 20-25 rows, although they taper to as little as five in the corners.

A series of 25 luxury boxes, and the press box, covers the concourse and the top few rows of seats from first base around to third base. The walkway down the right-field line is also covered, and contains a restaurant and the RubberDucks' team shop. A picnic berm in left field is available for rental by groups of 24 or more.[6]

During the 2006 Akron Aeros season, the team celebrated its 10th season in Canal Park with several events.

Aside from Akron RubberDucks baseball, Canal Park occasionally hosts special events such as local high school and college baseball and the Akron Marathon. On May 19, 2015, the RubberDucks officially announced that Canal Park will host the 2016 Eastern League All-Star Game and its associated events.[7]

Scoreboard edit

In August 2006, the park completed the installation of a new 18'x25' digital scoreboard to replace the original board with light bulbs. The new board has full color animation capacity and features a four color matrix display. The $386,000 project was originally expected to be completed in early July.[8] The entire scoreboard measures 56¼'x68' and is the largest free-standing scoreboard in minor league baseball.

In January 2013, The Aeros' new management announced plans to install a new scoreboard which will be 26 ft high and 68 ft wide and would cost $1.65 million. The scoreboard was completed in time for the start of the 2013 season, as well as a new smaller outfield display board near the picnic tables.[9]

RubberDucks baseball edit

Attendance edit

On July 24, 2015, the RubberDucks reported their largest attendance ever of 8,301.[10]

Season Total attendance League rank Total Aeros/RubberDucks openings Average attendance per Aeros/RubberDucks opening
Average attendance per Eastern League opening
(not including Aeros/RubberDucks openings)
1997 473,232 1st 71 (approx.) 6,665 4,260
1998 521,122 1st 71 (approx.) 7,340 4,334
1999 522,459 1st 71 (approx.) 7,359 4,954
2000 481,060 1st 71 (approx.) 6,775 4,147
2001 485,582 1st 71 (approx.) 6,839 4,294
2002 400,187 3rd 71 (approx.) 5,636 4,284
2003 445,603 2nd 71 (approx.) 6,276 4,128
2004 478,611 1st 71 (approx.) 6,741 4,399
2005 455,056 2nd 71 (approx.) 6,409 4,468
2006 412,995 3rd 71 (approx.) 5,817 4,353
2007 355,376 6th 64 5,553 4,831
2008 342,816 7th 67 5,117 4,570

References edit

  1. ^ 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 February 29, 2024.
  2. ^ "DLZ Architecture" (PDF). Summit County Parks Architectural Services. Retrieved September 24, 2011.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Pro Baseball Sports Facilities". Bredson & Associates, Inc. Archived from the original on April 10, 2002. Retrieved August 8, 2013.
  4. ^ "Canal Park Baseball Stadium". H. R. Gray. Archived from the original on August 5, 2009. Retrieved September 24, 2011.
  5. ^ "Akron RubberDucks Canal Park". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Picnics". Akron Aeros. January 19, 2013. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  7. ^ "RubberDucks to Host 2016 Eastern League All-Star Game".
  8. ^ Storm, Stephanie (April 7, 2006). "Canal Park to Get New Scoreboard". Akron Beacon Journal. Archived from the original on June 11, 2014. Retrieved February 23, 2014.
  9. ^ "New Restaurant Coming to Canal Park". Minor League Baseball. October 25, 2013. Retrieved February 23, 2014.
  10. ^ Davies, Spencer (July 24, 2015). "RubberDucks report: Ohio State Night becoming a tradition like O-H-I-O at Canal Park". Akron Beacon Journal. Retrieved July 25, 2015.

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