Henley Field is a historic site in Lakeland, Florida. Built in 1922, it is located at 1125 North Florida Avenue. Clare Henley, for whom the park was named in 1942, encouraged its construction in an effort to persuade a professional baseball team to train there. On May 23, 1997, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
|Full name||Athletic Park (1925–1942)|
Clare "Doc" Henley Ball Park (1942–present)
|Location||1125 North Florida Avenue, Lakeland, Florida 33805-4645|
|Owner||Lakeland Parks and Recreation Department|
(Pending sale to Florida Southern College)
|Operator||Lakeland Parks and Recreation Department|
|Field size||Left – 325 ft|
Left center – 365 ft
|Opened||March 17, 1925|
|Lakeland Highlanders (FSL) (1923–1926)|
Cleveland Indians (AL) (1924–1927)
Detroit Tigers (AL) (1934–1942, 1946–1965)
Lakeland Pilots (FIL) (1946-1950, 1952)
Lakeland Patriots (FIL) (1951)
Lakeland Pilots (FSL) (1953-1955)
Lakeland Indians (FSL) (1960)
Lakeland Giants (FSL) (1962)
Lakeland Tigers (FSL) (1963-1964, 2002)
Florida Southern College Moccasins (SSC) (1960s-present)
Lakeland Flying Tigers (FSL) (2016)
|Location||Lakeland, Polk County, Florida|
|Architectural style||Mission/Spanish Revival|
|NRHP reference #||97000458|
|Added to NRHP||May 23, 1997|
The ballpark was renovated prior to the 2002 season at a cost of $250,000. Henley was renovated to enable the Lakeland Tigers to play at the historic ballpark during the 2002 season. while their home field, Joker Marchant Stadium (which is also the current spring training home of the Detroit Tigers), was renovated during the 2002 season.
Henley Field was used as the home ballpark of the fictional Class D Tampico Stogies in the 1987 HBO movie Long Gone which starred William Petersen and Virginia Madsen. During the film the stadium was known as Smythe Field.
On September 2, 2015, the City of Lakeland announced it would sell Henley Field for $1 million to United Methodist Church-affiliated Florida Southern College, whose baseball team have used the park for the past 55 years.
As happened in 2002, the Lakeland Flying Tigers (Advanced-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers) played at Henley Field for the duration of their 2016 season due to the renovation of nearby Joker Marchant Stadium.
Henley Field is located adjacent to Bryant Stadium, a football stadium.
- Rick Rousos (2002-04-04). "Historic Henley Field Is a Trip Back in Time for Players". Lakeland Ledger. Retrieved 2011-03-09.
- Long Gone at the Internet Movie Database
- John Chambliss (September 3, 2015). "City of Lakeland to sell historic Henley Field to Florida Southern College for $1 million | TheLedger.com". theledger.com. Retrieved April 23, 2016.
Media related to Henley Field Ball Park at Wikimedia Commons
- Polk County listings at National Register of Historic Places
- Henley Field Ball Park at Florida's Office of Cultural and Historical Programs
- Henley Field Views – ‘’Ball Parks of the Minor Leagues’’
- Digital Ballparks: Henley Field Ballpark
- Ballpark Reviews: Henley Field Ballpark
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