So what does Parkview Field have to offer the baseball patrons of Fort Wayne?
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Once Harrison Square is completed, it will be an impressive place indeed. Even before the rest of the extensive urban-renewal project is done, the ballpark is in good company. The huge parking garage just beyond right-center field serves a triple purpose: 7, square feet of meeting space on the ground level; the Treetops roof-top seating section above that; and, well, parking your car.
By the way, the architects for the garage and the related Treetops and meeting-space areas were from Schenkel Schultz, a local firm. So there is sufficient parking surrounding the ballpark, and once the commercial buildings are constructed, there should be even more eating, drinking and shopping opportunities. All in all, I am quite impressed with the scope and specifics of the Harrison Square project — and perhaps most impressive compared to all of the other new ballparks this year is that all of its buildings are actually being constructed!
From the stunning, classic entry behind home plate above to the see-through iron fence below left to the stately gates in center field, this is as pretty as the outside of a ballpark can get.
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At first glance, you would assume that the exterior is constructed using brick and pre-cast concrete. All tons of it came from a quarry in Bedford, Indiana. He noted that the brick-and-sandstone combination was used in other historic structures in the area, particularly the old firehouse that is now a firefighters museum a couple of blocks north of Parkview Field.
And look more closely at the main entry plaza. It is spacious, multi-leveled and has a judicious use of landscaping. In the grand style of classic museums and other public buildings, the plaza conveys a strong sense that you are about to enter an important facility. The other main entryway is along busy Jefferson Boulevard.
Dubbed the North Gate below , it ushers fans into the center-field plaza area. The brick columns beckon you to climb the grand steps and see what all of the fuss is about. Memorial Stadium hosted its final baseball game August 28, , with 6, in attendance, between the Wizards and South Bend Silver Hawks.
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Memorial Stadium's replacement, Parkview Field , opened for the season in downtown Fort Wayne as the new home for the franchise. In the summer of , Memorial Stadium was demolished. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved on The News-Sentinel.
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Last game at Memorial Stadium was one to remember; Highlights included Olympian, freebies, tied mascot race. The exact makeup of the 19th-century League Park is unknown as no known pictures or Sanborn depictions exist from that era. Precise capacity figures for League Park in specific years are also unknown, but crowds between 2, and 3, watched the Cleveland contests and 5, attended games in the s. The old wooden grandstand burned down on July 12, , and arson was suspected. The stands were rebuilt by July 22, with seating capacity decreasing from 5, to 2, By April the plot had been cleared of all structures and it became an open park used for a variety of events including pro wrestling.
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Poinsatte Motors then employed the property for its dealership through the s. The north end of Calhoun Street was closed and absorbed into this new city park. A monument to League Park in Headwaters Park erroneously claims that the first major-league game was played there on May 4, , instead of the Kekionga grounds at Camp Allen, where it had been played. Woodland Hills, California: Windsor Publications, New York: Facts on File, Chicago: Robert O.
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