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Cheney Stadium
Cheney Stadium Sunset.jpg
Location 2502 South Tyler Street
Tacoma, Washington 98405
Coordinates 47°14′16.92″N 122°29′51.16″W / 47.2380333°N 122.4975444°W / 47.2380333; -122.4975444Coordinates: 47°14′16.92″N 122°29′51.16″W / 47.2380333°N 122.4975444°W / 47.2380333; -122.4975444
Broke ground 1959
Built 1959
Opened 1960
Renovated 1992, 1998, 1999, 2011[1]
Surface Grass
Capacity 9,600 (current)
~20,000 (post-renovations)[1]
Field dimensions 325 (LF), 425 (CF), 325 (RF)
Tenants
Tacoma Giants (1960-1965),
Tacoma Cubs (1966-1971),
Tacoma Twins (1972-1977),
Tacoma Yankees (1978),
Tacoma Tugs (1979),
Tacoma Tigers (1980-1994),
Tacoma Rainers (1995-2041)[1]
Cheney Stadium outfield.jpg

Cheney Stadium, in Tacoma, Washington, is the home field for the Tacoma Rainiers minor-league baseball team of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League. The stadium opened in 1960, and has a capacity of 9,600. It is next to Henry Foss High School and the stadium has an agreement with the school to use the school parking lot for parking.

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History

Cheney Stadium is named for Ben Cheney, a local businessman who worked to bring minor league baseball to Tacoma and also was put in control of the project. Cheney Stadium was constructed in 42 working days after the San Francisco Giants had committed to moving their Triple-A affiliate from Phoenix if the city could open the stadium for the beginning of the 1960 season.[2] Construction included light towers and wooden grandstand seats from Seals Stadium in San Francisco. The wooden grandstand seats are still in place today.

Cheney Stadium has been home to Pacific Coast League baseball continuously since 1960, in the form of seven teams: the Tacoma Giants (1960-65), Cubs (1966-71), Twins (1972-77), Yankees (1978), Tugs (1979), Tigers (A's) (1980-94), and the Rainiers (Mariners) (1995-present).

Notable players who played in Cheney Stadium include Juan Marichal, Gaylord Perry, José Canseco, Mark McGwire, Jason Giambi, Félix Hernández and Alex Rodriguez.

During his 1985 stint in Tacoma, José Canseco cleared the center fence to hit one of the most impressive home runs in Tacoma history. The center fence has since been lowered.

2009 renovations

On November 11, 2009 it was announced the City of Tacoma was considering a 30 million dollar renovations to Cheney Stadium. Early renovation plans included a new grandstand superstructure, roof and concourse, as well as new concession stands, seats, luxury suites and a restaurant.[3] The proposal drew little controversy from tax payers.[4]

On November 19, 2009 the Tacoma Rainiers renewed their lease with the City of Tacoma to keep playing at Cheney Stadium for 32 years.[5] The deal relied on the renovation proposal getting passed.[5] The proposal, now said to be 28 million dollars in cost, was approved on November 25, 2009.[1] The approval means the Rainiers will continue to play in Tacoma until at least 2041 and the renovations are scheduled to be completed by the 2011 season.[1] The final plan included basic repairs, 8,000 new seats, 16 luxury suites, a kids’ "play area", more restrooms and concession stands, and a new restaurant.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f Lewis Kamb (November 19, 2009). "Tacoma goes to bat for ballpark". www.thenewstribune.com. The News Tribune. http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/story/968290.html. Retrieved 2009-11-25.  
  2. ^ Lacitis, Erik (April 19, 2005). "Memories fade, but Ben Cheney lives on through stadium". The Seattle Times. http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=20050419&slug=cheney19m. Retrieved 2008-09-13.  
  3. ^ Lewis Kamb (November 11, 2009). "Tacoma board to consider face-lift for Cheney Stadium". www.thenewstribune.com. The News Tribune. http://www.thenewstribune.com/sports/rainiers/story/947034.html. Retrieved 2009-11-25.  
  4. ^ Peter Callaghan (November 19, 2009). "There are good reasons public renovation deal for Cheney drew so little protest". www.thenewstribune.com. The News Tribune. http://www.thenewstribune.com/callaghan/story/960669.html. Retrieved 2009-11-25.  
  5. ^ a b Lewis Kamb (November 19, 2009). "30-year deal keeps Rainiers at Cheney Stadium". www.thenewstribune.com. The News Tribune. http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/story/959874.html. Retrieved 2009-11-25.  

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