Chukchansi Park

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Chukchansi Park
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Former namesGrizzlies Stadium (2002–2006)
Location1800 Tulare Street
Fresno, California 93721
Coordinates36°43′56″N 119°47′26″W / 36.7321°N 119.7905°W / 36.7321; -119.7905Coordinates: 36°43′56″N 119°47′26″W / 36.7321°N 119.7905°W / 36.7321; -119.7905
Public transitAmtrak Greyhound Lines Fresno Fresno Area Express (FAX)
OwnerCity of Fresno
OperatorFresno Sports Management, LLC.[1]
Executive suites33
Capacity10,500
Record attendance16,000+ (2012)
Field sizeLeft field: 324 ft (99 m)
Center field: 402 ft (123 m)
Right field: 335 ft (102 m)
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Broke groundAugust 8, 2000[2]
OpenedMay 1, 2002
Construction cost$46 million
($64.1 million in 2018 dollars[3])
ArchitectPopulous
Project managerHuber, Hunt & Nichols[1]
Structural engineerAdvanced Structural Design, Inc.[4]
Services engineerBredson & Associates, Inc.[5]
General contractorMauldin-Dorfmeier[1]
Tenants
Fresno Grizzlies (PCL) (2002–present)
Fresno FC (USLC) (2018–present)
Fresno FC U-23 (USL2) (2006–2018)
Fresno FC Ladies (WPSL) (2015–2018)

Chukchansi Park, formerly Grizzlies Stadium, is a city-owned baseball stadium located in Fresno, California, completed in 2002 as the home for the Pacific Coast League, Fresno Grizzlies. In September 2006, Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino, affiliated with the Chukchansi tribe, announced it would be the premier corporate sponsor for Grizzlies Stadium, in a 15-year, US$16 million deal. The first game was May 1, 2002. Located in downtown Fresno, it is to be an anchor in the rehabilitation of the area, as other commercial development is planned in the Central Business District Loop.

Design[edit]

The stadium was designed by Populous, the firm responsible for many of today's sports stadiums like Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Petco Park, Comerica Park and Oracle Park in San Francisco.

The $46 million facility seats 10,500, with left field dimensions of 324 ft (99 m); center field, 402 ft (123 m); and right field, 335 ft (102 m); the ballpark features 600 club seats and 32 luxury suites[6]

The stadium's current tenants are the Pacific Coast League: Fresno Grizzlies (2002–present), and the USL Championship: Fresno FC (2018–present), and is also used for music concerts, motocross events, and high school football.

Attendance records[edit]

The stadium's attendance record was set on July 10, 2015 when Chukchansi Park hosted an exhibition soccer game between Mexican soccer clubs Chivas and Atlas, in front of 16,824 fans;[7] the stadium's second attendance record was set on June 27, 2012 when Chukchansi Park hosted an exhibition soccer game between Mexican soccer clubs América and Chiapas of the Primera División, in front of a crowd of 16,125 fans;[8] breaking the previous record set on March 26, 2008 when the Grizzlies played their parent club, the San Francisco Giants, in an exhibition game in front of 14,084 fans.[9]

On March 27, 2015, Liga MX teams Cruz Azul and León faced off an international friendly match in front of a crowd of 15,087 spectators, the third largest crowd recorded at Chukchansi Park.[10]

On May 11, 2012, the Grizzlies fell to the Iowa Cubs in front of 14,023 fans, which is the largest regular season crowd in franchise history.[11]

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Stadiums Under Construction". SportsBusiness Journal. March 4, 2002. Retrieved September 14, 2011.
  2. ^ "Site Work at Stadium to Begin". The Fresno Bee. August 8, 2000. Retrieved February 6, 2012.
  3. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  4. ^ "Specialty Projects". Advanced Structural Design, Inc. Archived from the original on December 1, 2012. Retrieved September 14, 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  5. ^ "Pro Baseball Sports Facilities". Bredson & Associates, Inc. Archived from the original on April 10, 2002. Retrieved August 8, 2013.
  6. ^ "Facilities: Grizzlies Stadium". SportsBusiness Journal. May 13, 2002. Retrieved February 20, 2014.
  7. ^ "Mexican soccer clubs set Chukchansi Park attendance record". The Fresno Bee. July 10, 2015. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  8. ^ "Stadium Record 16,000+ Pack Mexican Club Soccer Match at Chukchansi Park". The Fresno Bee. June 27, 2012. Archived from the original on June 28, 2012. Retrieved June 27, 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  9. ^ "Grizzlies Set Attendance Record". Minor League Baseball. March 27, 2008. Retrieved February 20, 2014.
  10. ^ "Mexican Clubs Draw 15,087 to Chukchansi Park". The Fresno Bee. March 27, 2015. Archived from the original on March 29, 2015. Retrieved March 28, 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  11. ^ Warszawski, Marek (May 11, 2012). "Record Crowd Sees Fresno Grizzlies Fall to Iowa". The Fresno Bee. Retrieved May 23, 2012.[permanent dead link]

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Events and tenants
Preceded by
Pete Beiden Field
Home of the
Fresno Grizzlies

2002–present
Succeeded by
current