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Slugger Field Named One of 10 Best Baseball Parks

Wednesday April 7, 2010

USA Today Cites blend of new, historic architecture, downtown location

Louisville Slugger Field is one of the 10 best places in America to watch minor league baseball, according to USA Today.

The newspaper cited Slugger’s Field’s architecture, its downtown location and its view of the Ohio River and the skyline.

“Built on the banks of the Ohio River, this home to the Triple-A Louisville Bats is fronted by a restored 19th-century rail depot that serves as its main entrance and incorporates shops and restaurants,” the article said. “Depending on where you sit, you can glimpse the downtown skyline or the cantilevered bridge that spans the river to Indiana. Perks include a children's play area in right field and a continuous concourse that surrounds the field.”

Baseball writer Graham Knight selected the nation’s best minor league ballparks, from 200 nationwide, to highlight in his “10 great places for a baseball pilgrimage.” Others making the list include Coca Cola Field in Buffalo and Fifth Third Field in Toledo, Ohio.

Slugger Field was built by the city of Louisville and opened on Main Street in 2000, seating more than 13,000 people. The field was a key portion of Mayor’s Jerry Abramson’s vision for a revitalized waterfront.

“There is no better place in America to watch baseball than Slugger Field,” Abramson said. “The architecture and the views are beautiful – and it’s a great family atmosphere for sports fans and non-sports fans alike.”

Opening day for the Louisville Bats is April 14.