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Security Bank Ballpark (formerly First American Bank Ballpark and Citibank Ballpark) is a ballpark in Midland, Texas. It is primarily used for baseball, and is the home field of the Double-A Midland RockHounds minor league baseball team of the Texas League. Opened in 2002, the stadium holds 6,669 people with 4,709 fixed seats and the rest in berm seating.

Security Bank Ballpark
Former namesFirst American Bank Ballpark
Citibank Ballpark
Location5514 Champions Drive
Midland, Texas
United States
Coordinates31°59′14″N 102°09′21″W / 31.987332°N 102.155799°W / 31.987332; -102.155799Coordinates: 31°59′14″N 102°09′21″W / 31.987332°N 102.155799°W / 31.987332; -102.155799
OwnerCity of Midland
OperatorMidland Sports Inc.
Capacity4,709 (fixed seating)[1]
6,669 (plus berm seating)
Field sizeLeft Field: 330 feet (100 m)
Center Field: 410 feet (120 m)
Right Field: 322 feet (98 m)
SurfaceLatitude 36 Bermuda
Construction
Broke groundMay 19, 2001[2]
OpenedMarch 23, 2002[3]
Construction cost$23 million[3]
($32 million in 2018 dollars[4])
ArchitectPopulous[3]
Parkhill, Smith & Cooper[3]
General contractorMW Builders, Inc.[3]
Tenants
Midland RockHounds (TL) (2002–present)

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HistoryEdit

The first game at Security Bank Ballpark was played in 2002. It was named the "Best New Park of 2002" by BaseballParks.com.[5] Security Bank Ballpark was originally known as First American Bank Ballpark, but the name was changed in 2005 after Citibank acquired First American Bank of Bryan, Texas. In 2014, the ballpark was again renamed to Security Bank Ballpark.[1] The ballpark replaced the old Christensen Stadium, the former home of the RockHounds.

FeaturesEdit

  • The stadium seats 4,709 people, with grass berm areas adding substantially to the overall capacity of 6,669.[1]
  • 22 luxury suites, which are named after players whom spent some time seasoning (or rehabbing) in Midland, are available for rental. Another suite is named for former U.S. President George W. Bush who was raised in Midland.[3][6]
  • The ProPetro Diamond Club, which hosts media luncheons for the RockHounds, Sockers, City of Midland, and other outside companies that rent the facility, is located at the back of the concourse behind home plate. Open to suite and pass holders, the Diamond Club has a sizable dining room with a high ceiling within which food is served buffet style from a serving station.[3][7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "It's Official! Security Bank Ballpark". Minor League Baseball. January 28, 2014. Retrieved February 23, 2014.
  2. ^ Doreen, Stewart (May 20, 2001). "Stadium's Marketing Partners Step to Plate". Midland Reporter-Telegram. Retrieved March 3, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Knight, Graham (July 22, 2011). "Citibank Ballpark". Baseball Pilgrimages. Retrieved September 18, 2011.
  4. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  5. ^ "Scharbauer Sports Complex". MW Builders, Inc. Retrieved February 23, 2014.
  6. ^ "Luxury Suites". Minor League Baseball. April 26, 2006. Retrieved February 23, 2014.
  7. ^ "ProPetro Diamond Club". Minor League Baseball. February 25, 2013. Retrieved February 23, 2014.

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