PARKVIEW FIELD TRIVIA
1. Parkview Field was designed by Populous (formerly known as HOK Sport). That’s the same architectural firm that designed the new Yankee Stadium, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Petco Park, Wembley Stadium in London, Wimbledon’s Centre Court, London’s Olympic Stadium, Soccer City in South Africa, and dozens more first-class ballparks, stadiums, and arenas around the world.
2. In 2014, in addition to 72 TinCaps and 11 high school games, Parkview Field hosted more than 600 special events. These non-game events, ranging from weddings to class reunions to Red Cross Blood Drives to the Fort Wayne’s Farmers Market, drew more than 100,000 guests to Parkview Field.
3. Parkview Field has been ranked No. 4 out of 160 on the list of Most Vegetarian Friendly Minor League Ballparks across the country, according to PETA. Hearty and fresh items like black-bean burgers, wraps, fruit, and salads are available throughout the park. During the summer, the Field of Greens concession cart is open for lunch to Parkview Field patrons, even on non-game days.
4. Parkview Field’s 400 Club, with its 75-foot long windows, is the only luxury suite in all of minor league baseball that also serves as the batter’s eye. Opened in May of 2013, the 400 Club is built directly on top of Parkview Field’s center-field fence, while also serving as an event space to hold up to 150 guests.
5. Parkview Field’s playing surface has won the Midwest League’s Field of the Year Award every year since 2010. In 2012, the Motz Group installed brand-new turf at Parkview Field. The Motz Group’s client list also includes Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park, Dodger Stadium, Turner Field in Atlanta, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and Super Bowl XXXV at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
6. The same indoor batting cage facility at Parkview Field used by TinCaps players and opponents is also available to fans to use during TinCaps games and for local teams to rent for practice.
7. Parkview Field is a public park, opening its gates to the community everyday from 7:00 a.m. until sunset. Dozens visit Parkview Field on a daily basis to walk and exercise. Three laps around Parkview Field’s concourse is equivalent to a mile. Meanwhile, the Huntington University Picnic Pavilion is also a popular spot for downtowners to break for lunch.
8. Parkview Field served 14.6 miles-worth of hot dogs in 2014, counting the regular, foot-long, and jumbo varieties. That’s more than long enough to line along the course of a half marathon. Concessions at Parkview Field also sold 10,500 pounds of pulled pork, or the equivalence of a pickup truck’s weight. Last year also saw fans buy 9,000 pounds of popcorn. That’s as much as some adult elephants weigh.
9. Approximately 200 gallons of cleaner disinfectant is used to clean Parkview Field’s bathrooms each season. If you translate those gallons of cleaner to gasoline, you’d have enough to drive from New York City to Los Angeles and back.
10. During the first six years of Parkview Field, more than 450,000 gallons of plastics, glass, and steel have been recycled. That tally of recyclables could fill more than two-thirds of an Olympic-sized swimming pool.