Spectrum Field

Spectrum Field (formerly Bright House Networks Field and Bright House 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 also the home of their Class A affiliate, the 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]

Spectrum Field
Spectrum Field

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Former namesBright House Networks Field (2004–13)
Bright House Field (2013–17) Spectrum Field (2017–)
Location601 Old Coachman Road
Clearwater, FL 33765
Coordinates27°58′18″N 82°43′54″W / 27.97167°N 82.73167°WCoordinates: 27°58′18″N 82°43′54″W / 27.97167°N 82.73167°W
OwnerCity of Clearwater[1]
OperatorPhiladelphia Phillies[2]
Capacity8,500
Field sizeLeft – 329 ft.
Left Center – 389 ft.
Center – 408 ft.
Right – 330 ft.
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Broke groundOctober 16, 2002
OpenedFebruary 27, 2004
Construction cost$28 million[1]
($37.1 million in 2018 dollars[3])
ArchitectPopulous
Ewing Cole Cherry Brott
Project managerStranix Associates[4]
Services engineerBredson & Associates, Inc.[2]
General contractorHunt 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)

Name

Bright House Field west plaza
West entrance plaza, with The Ace by sculptor Kevin Brady

The stadium was originally 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 one-third of the payment.[6]

In 2017, the complex was renamed Spectrum Field after Bright House was purchased by Charter Communications. While named for Charter's residential service, the name invoked memories of the Spectrum arena that operated from 1967 to 2009 at the South Philadelphia Sports Complex, which the Phillies have called home since 1971.[7]

History

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

Spectrum 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.[8] The official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the ballpark took place on February 27, 2004 prior to the annual spring-training Phan Fest.[5]

On June 24, 2012, thanks to the rain bands off Tropical Storm Debby, the field was flooded, becoming swimming pool-like.[9]

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.[10]

Bright House Field
Grandstand, with 2nd-level Luxury Suites

Spectrum 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.[11]

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.[12]

College baseball

The Big East Conference held its championship tournament at Spectrum Field in 2006 and from 2008 to 2013. Notre Dame defeated Louisville 7–0 on May 27, 2006, to win the 2006 championship.[13] Louisville defeated Cincinnati 6–3 to win the 2008 championship on May 24, 2008.[14] In 2009, Louisville again won the tournament.[15] 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.[16][17] In 2012, St. John's defeated South Florida 7–3 in the title game to win the tournament.[18] Beginning in 2014, the American Athletic Conference has held its conference baseball tournament at Spectrum Field.

Attendance figures

The single-game attendance record for the Threshers was set on July 3, 2015, when 9,966 saw Clearwater defeat the Tampa Yankees, 3-0.[19] Since 2007, the top 6 of the Threshers top 10 single-game attendance numbers occurred on July 3.[20]

The all-time attendance record for the field is 11,222, set on March 17, 2016, for a spring-training game in which the Phillies hosted the Tampa Bay Rays.[21] This game drew 1,650 more fans than the same opponents on the same date the year prior.[22]

The spring-training attendance mark for Spectrum Field is 143,500, set in 2009.[23]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Bright House Networks Secures Naming Rights". Tampa Bay Business Journal. January 20, 2004. Retrieved March 7, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c "Clearwater Promises a Clear View". SportsBusiness Journal. March 29, 2004. Retrieved September 20, 2011.
  3. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  4. ^ "Bright House Field". Stranix Associates. Retrieved August 25, 2013.
  5. ^ a b Tisch, Chris (February 27, 2004). "A Whole New Ball Game". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved March 7, 2009.
  6. ^ Putnam, Bob (January 21, 2004). "Phillies to Play in Bright House". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved March 1, 2009.
  7. ^ Todd Zolecki. "Phils' spring home renamed Spectrum Field". MLB.com. Retrieved March 4, 2017.
  8. ^ Mandel, Ken (October 16, 2002). "Lieberthal Surgery a Success". Major League Baseball Advanced Media. Archived from the original on May 25, 2011. Retrieved April 1, 2009.
  9. ^ "Florida Flooding Hits FSL Ballparks". Ballpark Digest. August Publications. June 24, 2012. Retrieved June 25, 2012.
  10. ^ Schulte, Eileen; Putnam, Bob (March 5, 2004). "Phillies Phest". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved March 1, 2009.
  11. ^ Simonetti, Thomas (June 19, 2005). "West is Best in FSL All-Star Game: Midseason Classic Has Distinctly Lakeland Feel". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved March 2, 2009.
  12. ^ Haunss, Chip (August 19, 2006). "De La Cruz Pitches No-Hitter: 5–0 Whitewash of Reds is Threshers' First Gem since 1992". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved March 2, 2009.
  13. ^ "Top-Seeded Notre Dame Wins Fifth Straight Big East Baseball Championship". Big East Conference. May 27, 2006. Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved March 24, 2009.
  14. ^ "Louisville Takes BIG EAST Baseball Title with a 6–3 Win Against Cincinnati". Big East Conference. May 24, 2008. Retrieved March 24, 2009.
  15. ^ "2008–09 Big East Championship Schedule". BigEast.org. Big East Conference. Archived from the original on February 12, 2012. Retrieved February 12, 2012.
  16. ^ "Huskies Fall to St. John's 3–0 in BIG EAST Final". UConnhuskies.com. University of Connecticut. May 30, 2010. Archived from the original on February 12, 2012. Retrieved February 12, 2012.
  17. ^ Auman, Greg (May 29, 2011). "Seton Hall Baseball: Pirates Complete Shocking Upset, Win Big East Tournament Title Over St. John's". The Star-Ledger. Newark. Archived from the original on February 12, 2012. Retrieved February 12, 2012.
  18. ^ Auman, Greg (May 28, 2012). "USF Baseball Loses to St. John's in Big East Tournament Title Game". Tampa Bay Times. Archived from the original on May 28, 2012. Retrieved May 28, 2012.
  19. ^ "Threshers Blank Tampa Before Record Crowd". Clearwater Threshers. July 4, 2015. Retrieved March 17, 2016.
  20. ^ "Clearwater Threshers set single-game attendance record". TampaBayBaseballMarket.com. March 18, 2016. Retrieved March 18, 2016.
  21. ^ "Boxscore: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Philadelphia". Major League Baseball Advanced Media. March 27, 2016. Retrieved March 18, 2016.
  22. ^ "Bright House Field sets Spring Training Attendance record". TampaBayBaseballMarket.com. March 18, 2016. Retrieved March 18, 2016.
  23. ^ Murphy, David (April 3, 2009). "Phillies Manager Manuel Almost Has All the Answers as Spring Training Wraps Up: "Phillers"". Philadelphia Daily News. Archived from the original on April 4, 2009. Retrieved April 3, 2009.

External links

2017 American Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament

The 2017 American Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament was held at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Florida from May 23 through May 28. The event, held at the end of the conference regular season, determines the champion of the American Athletic Conference for the 2017 season. The winner of the double-elimination tournament will receive the conference's automatic bid to the 2017 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament.

2017 Louisville Cardinals baseball team

The 2017 Louisville Cardinals baseball team represents the University of Louisville during the 2017 NCAA Division I baseball season. The Cardinals play their home games at Jim Patterson Stadium as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They are led by head coach Dan McDonnell, in his eleventh year at Louisville.

Following the conclusion of the regular season, the Cardinals were selected to host their fifth consecutive NCAA Regional. The Cardinals would win both the Louisville Regional and Louisville Super Regional and receive an invitation to the 2017 College World Series before eventually losing to TCU by a score of 3–4. Five players from the team, including Brendan McKay, were selected in the 2017 MLB Draft.

2018 American Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament

The 2018 American Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament was scheduled to be held at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Florida from May 22 through May 26. Anticipated weather forced a truncated schedule causing the event to be condensed, and the title game was played on May 25. The event, held at the end of the conference regular season, determines the champion of the American Athletic Conference for the 2018 season. East Carolina won the double-elimination tournament and received the conference's automatic bid to the 2018 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament.

2019 American Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament

The 2019 American Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament was held at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Florida from May 21 through May 26. The event, held at the end of the conference regular season, determined the champion of the American Athletic Conference for the 2019 season. The winner of the double-elimination tournament, Cincinnati, will receive the conference's automatic bid to the 2019 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament.

2019 Tulane Green Wave baseball team

The 2019 Tulane Green Wave baseball team represented Tulane University in the 2019 NCAA Division I baseball season. The Green Wave played their home games at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium.

American Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament

The American Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament is the conference championship tournament in college baseball for the American Athletic Conference. It is a round-robin tournament, with seeding based on regular season records. The winner receives the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship each season. The Tournament champion is separate from the conference champion. The conference championship is determined solely by regular season record.

The American is one of two successors to the original Big East Conference, which split after the 2013 season. The tournament was held in the same location as the previous six Big East Conference Baseball Tournaments in 2014, at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida.

Bright House Networks

Bright House Networks, LLC was an American telecom company. Prior to its purchase by Charter Communications, it was the tenth-largest multichannel video service provider and the 6th largest cable internet provider (based on coverage) in the United States. The company served more than 2.2 million customers.Bright House Networks' primary service offerings included digital television, high-speed internet, home security and automation and voice services.Bright House Networks also owned and operated two 24-hour local news operations; Central Florida News 13 serving the Orlando area, and Bay News 9 serving the Tampa Bay area.

Carpenter Complex

The Carpenter Complex is a complex of four baseball fields, training facilities, and offices in Clearwater, Florida. It opened as Carpenter Field in 1967. It is the Florida home of the Philadelphia Phillies baseball operations, spring training site for the Phillies’ minor league players, home to the Gulf Coast League Phillies, and adjacent to Spectrum Field, spring training home of the Philadelphia Phillies and regular season home of the Clearwater Threshers. While the Complex is now adjacent to Spectrum Field, the Phillies, until 2004, played spring training games a short drive away, which gave the Complex its own identity in the Phillies organizational structure and the team's history.

The Complex has four fields, each named for Phillies Hall of Fame players (all of whom trained with the Phillies in Clearwater and also were the first four Phillies to have their uniform numbers retired), Rich Ashburn Field, Robin Roberts Field, Mike Schmidt Field, and Steve Carlton Field. In 2004, the Phillies officially renamed the Complex The Paul Owens Training Facility at Carpenter Complex, which honored Paul Owens' memory but also served to distinguish the training fields from the primary spring ballpark, Spectrum Field, which is also at Carpenter Complex.

Clearwater, Florida

Clearwater is a city located in Pinellas County, Florida, United States, northwest of Tampa and St. Petersburg. To the west of Clearwater lies the Gulf of Mexico and to the southeast lies Tampa Bay. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 107,685. Clearwater is the county seat of Pinellas County and is the smallest of the three principal cities in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metropolitan area, most commonly referred to as the Tampa Bay Area.

Cleveland Street is one of the city's historic avenues, and the city includes Spectrum Field and Coachman Park. The city is separated by the Intracoastal Waterway from Clearwater Beach.

Clearwater is the home of Clearwater Marine Aquarium, where bottlenose dolphins Winter and Hope live.

The global headquarters of the Church of Scientology is located in Clearwater.

Clearwater Threshers

The Clearwater Threshers are a minor league baseball team that currently plays in the Florida State League. Since 2009, the team competes in the North Division.

The team plays its home games at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Florida, which opened in 2004. Spectrum Field seats more than 7,000 fans. A single-game attendance record of 9,090 was set on July 3, 2008.The team is the High-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. The team has always been affiliated with the Phillies since 1985, the franchise's first season. From 1985 to 2003, the Clearwater Threshers were called the Clearwater Phillies. While as the Clearwater Phillies, the team played at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium from 1985 to 2003. When the team moved to the new Spectrum Field, it changed its name from Phillies to Threshers.

CoolToday Park

CoolToday Park is a ballpark in North Port, Florida, located in the southern portion of Sarasota County, 35 miles (56 km) south of Sarasota, Florida. It is the spring training home of the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball. The ballpark opened on March 24, 2019, with the Braves’ 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.The Braves’ $140 million project was funded by private and public sources. Sarasota County contributed $21.2 million through hotel bed tax dollars. The state of Florida put in $20 million after showing the Braves arrival would add $1.7 billion economic impact on the area over the team’s 30-year lease. Mattany Homes, a private developer, donated the land and $4.7 million. The city of North Port contributed $4.7 million and the West Villages, the planned community within North Port that houses the facility, ran the construction and development. The Braves committed a 30-year lease, annual payments to West Villages, and at a minimum the first $18 million in the cost of the complex.

Florida State League

The Florida State League is a Minor League Baseball league based in the state of Florida. It is one of three leagues currently classified as Class A-Advanced, the third highest classification of minor leagues. Each team in the league is affiliated with a Major League Baseball team, and most play in their affiliate's spring training facility.

The league was founded in 1919, and has continued almost entirely uninterrupted to the present day.

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List of Major League Baseball spring training cities

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Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies are a professional baseball team based in Philadelphia, USA. The Phillies compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member of the National League (NL) East division. Since 2004, the team's home has been Citizens Bank Park, located in South Philadelphia.

The Phillies have won two World Series championships (against the Kansas City Royals in 1980 and the Tampa Bay Rays in 2008) and seven National League pennants, the first of which came in 1915. Since the first modern World Series was played in 1903, the Phillies played 77 consecutive seasons (and 97 seasons from the club's establishment) before they won their first World Series—longer than any other of the 16 teams that made up the major leagues for the first half of the 20th century. They are one of the more successful franchises since the start of the Divisional Era in Major League Baseball. The Phillies have won their division 11 times, which ranks 6th among all teams and 4th in the National League, including five consecutive division titles from 2007 to 2011.

The franchise was founded in Philadelphia in 1883, replacing the team from Worcester, Massachusetts in the National League. The team has played at several stadiums in the city, beginning with Recreation Park and continuing at Baker Bowl; Shibe Park, which was later renamed Connie Mack Stadium in honor of the longtime Philadelphia Athletics manager; Veterans Stadium, and now Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies have had a long-running rivalry with the New York Mets.

The team's spring training facilities are located in Clearwater, Florida, where its Class-A minor league affiliate Clearwater Threshers plays at Spectrum Field. Its Double-A affiliate is the Reading Fightin Phils, which plays in Reading, Pennsylvania. The Triple-A affiliate is the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, which plays in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Its Low Class-A affiliate the Lakewood BlueClaws play in Lakewood, New Jersey.

Spectrum (arena)

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The last event at the Spectrum was a Pearl Jam concert on October 31, 2009. The arena was demolished between November 2010 and May 2011.

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In college sports, thirteen Florida schools compete in NCAA Division I. Various others compete in other organizations including the NAIA, the NJCAA, the USCAA, The NCCAA and NCAA Division II.

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Spring training typically starts in mid-February and continues until just before Opening Day of the regular season, which falls in the last week of March. In some years, teams not scheduled to play on Opening Day will play spring training games that day. Pitchers and catchers report to spring training first because pitchers benefit from a longer training period. A few days later, position players arrive and team practice begins. Exhibition games usually begin in late February.

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