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Bright House Field

Bright House Field
Former names Bright House Networks Field
Location 601 Old Coachman Road
Clearwater, FL 33765
Coordinates
Owner City of Clearwater[1]
Operator Philadelphia Phillies[2]
Capacity 8,500
Field size Left – 329 ft.
Left Center – 389 ft.
Center – 408 ft.
Right – 330 ft.
Surface Grass
Construction
Broke ground October 16, 2002
Opened February 27, 2004
Construction cost $28 million[1]
($35 million in 2016 dollars[3])
Architect Populous
Ewing Cole Cherry Brott
Project manager Stranix Associates[4]
Services engineer Bredson & Associates, Inc.[2]
General contractor Hunt Construction Group[2]
Tenants
Clearwater Threshers (FSL) (2004–present)
Philadelphia Phillies (MLB) (spring training) (2004–present)
Big East tournament (2006, 2008–2013)
AAC tournament (2014–present)

Bright House Field (formerly Bright House Networks Field) is a baseball stadium located in Clearwater, Florida, in the United States. The stadium was built in 2004 and has a maximum seating capacity of 8,500 people (7,000 fixed seats with additional grass berm seating for 1,500).

The ballpark is the spring training home of the Philadelphia Phillies, and their Class A affiliate, Clearwater Threshers of the Florida State League. A sculpture titled The Ace by artist Kevin Brady stands at the ballpark's west entrance plaza.[5]

Contents

  • Name 1
  • History 2
  • Significant Games 3
    • College baseball 3.1
  • Attendance figures 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Name

West entrance plaza, with The Ace by sculptor Kevin Brady

The stadium is named after the regional / national cable company, Bright House Networks, whose local head end center is located just to the south of the stadium.

It was announced on January 20, 2004, that Bright House Networks had secured the naming rights for the new ballpark. Under the terms of the agreement, Bright House Networks would pay the Phillies $1.7 million over 10 years with an option for two 5-year renewals. The City of Clearwater receives ⅓ of the payment.[6]

History

Bright House Field is the Phillies' third Clearwater spring-training home. The team moved to Clearwater in 1947. They trained and played home games at Clearwater Athletic Field from 1947 to 1954. The City of Clearwater opened a new ballpark for spring training in 1955 and named it Jack Russell Stadium. (The ballpark was renamed Jack Russell Memorial Stadium in 1990.) With the stadium aging, the Phillies and the city erected their new spring home adjacent to the Phillies' year-round training facility, the Carpenter Complex, four-miles east of Jack Russell Memorial Stadium.

Ground-breaking of the new stadium took place on October 16, 2002.[7] The official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the ballpark took place on February 27, 2004 prior to the annual spring-training Phan Fest.[5]

The flooded field caused by the rains of Tropical Storm Debby.

On June 24, 2012, thanks to the rain bands off Tropical Storm Debby, the field was flooded, becoming swimming pool-like.[8]

Significant Games

The Phillies played their first spring-training game at the park on March 4, 2004. 8,205 fans watched the Phils beat the New York Yankees 5–1. Vicente Padilla started for the Phillies, Marlon Byrd had the park's first hit, and Jimmy Rollins hit the first home run.[9]

Grandstand, with 2nd-level Luxury Suites

Bright House Field hosted the 44th Florida State League All-Star Game on June 18, 2005. A crowd of 5,547 saw the West defeat the East 6–4. The Sarasota Reds' Chris Dickerson hit a two-run home run, scored two runs, and earned the game's Star of Stars Award. Future major league players who appeared in the game included Dickeron, Reggie Abercrombie, Carlos Villanueva, and Sean Marshall.[10]

Threshers pitcher Julio De La Cruz pitched the first no-hitter at the ballpark on August 18, 2006. De La Cruz beat the Sarasota Reds 5–0 in front of 5,906 fans on "Pitch for Pink Night" in Clearwater. The Threshers wore special pink uniforms to raise money for breast cancer research and awareness. It was the first no-hitter for Clearwater since 1992.[11]

College baseball

The Big East Conference held its championship tournament at Bright House Field in 2006 and from 2008 to 2013. Notre Dame defeated Louisville 7–0 on May 27, 2006, to win the 2006 championship.[12] Louisville defeated Cincinnati 6–3 to win the 2008 championship on May 24, 2008.[13] In 2009, Louisville again won the tournament.[14] In 2010, St. John's won the title, defeating UConn 3–0 in the championship game. In 2011, 5th-seeded Seton Hall became the lowest seeded team ever to win the Big East Tournament, defeating St. John's 4–2.[15][16] In 2012, St. John's defeated South Florida 7–3 in the title game to win the tournament.[17] Beginning in 2014, the American Athletic Conference has held its conference baseball tournament at Bright House Field.

Attendance figures

The single-game attendance record for the Threshers was set on July 3, 2008, when 9,090 saw Clearwater defeat the Lakeland Flying Tigers, 4 to 3.[18]

The all-time attendance record for the field is 10,724, set on March 22, 2010, for a spring-training game in which the Phillies hosted the New York Yankees.[19] The spring-training attendance mark for Bright House Field is 143,500, set in 2009.[20]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Bright House Networks Secures Naming Rights".  
  2. ^ a b c "Clearwater Promises a Clear View". SportsBusiness Journal. March 29, 2004. Retrieved September 20, 2011. 
  3. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  4. ^ "Bright House Field". Stranix Associates. Retrieved August 25, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Tisch, Chris (February 27, 2004). "A Whole New Ball Game".  
  6. ^ Putnam, Bob (January 21, 2004). "Phillies to Play in Bright House".  
  7. ^ Mandel, Ken (October 16, 2002). "Lieberthal Surgery a Success".  
  8. ^ "Florida Flooding Hits FSL Ballparks". Ballpark Digest. August Publications. June 24, 2012. Retrieved June 25, 2012. 
  9. ^ Schulte, Eileen; Putnam, Bob (March 5, 2004). "Phillies Phest".  
  10. ^ Simonetti, Thomas (June 19, 2005). "West is Best in FSL All-Star Game: Midseason Classic Has Distinctly Lakeland Feel".  
  11. ^ Haunss, Chip (August 19, 2006). "De La Cruz Pitches No-Hitter: 5–0 Whitewash of Reds is Threshers' First Gem since 1992".  
  12. ^ "Top-Seeded Notre Dame Wins Fifth Straight Big East Baseball Championship".  
  13. ^ "Louisville Takes BIG EAST Baseball Title with a 6–3 Win Against Cincinnati".  
  14. ^ "2008–09 Big East Championship Schedule". BigEast.org.  
  15. ^ "Huskies Fall to St. John's 3–0 in BIG EAST Final". UConnhuskies.com.  
  16. ^ Auman, Greg (May 29, 2011). "Seton Hall Baseball: Pirates Complete Shocking Upset, Win Big East Tournament Title Over St. John's".  
  17. ^ Auman, Greg (May 28, 2012). "USF Baseball Loses to St. John's in Big East Tournament Title Game".  
  18. ^ "Phantastic! Threshers Walk Off in Front of Record Crowd".  
  19. ^ "Boxscore: NY Yankees vs. Philadelphia".  
  20. ^ Murphy, David (April 3, 2009). """Phillies Manager Manuel Almost Has All the Answers as Spring Training Wraps Up: "Phillers.  

External links

  • Clearwater Threshers: Bright House Field
  • Philadelphia Phillies: Bright House Field
  • Ball Parks of the Minor Leagues: Bright House Field
  • Baseball Parks: Bright House Field
  • Digital Ballparks: Bright House Field
  • Spring Training Online: Bright House Field
  • MiLB: Coverage of 2005 FSL All-Star Game at Bright House Networks Field
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