AT&T Field

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AT&T Field
Location Chattanooga, TN, United States
Building chronology
Built 1999-2000
Chattanooga Lookouts, 2000-present
6,362 (largest reported baseball crowd: 6,512)
  • Dimensions:
    • Left Field: 325 feet
    • Center Field: 400 feet
    • Right Field: 330 feet

AT&T Field in Chattanooga, TN, is the home of the Chattanooga Lookouts, the Cincinnati Reds' Southern League farm team. It opened as BellSouth Park, but a 2007 corporate merger changed its name.

In 1998, the Lookouts announced they would privately fund a new downtown stadium if they could pre-sell 1,800 season tickets and 10 luxury boxes. After reaching those goals in 1999, they broke ground that March.

Opened for Lookouts' play on April 10, 2000, it first hosted a professional baseball game and a so-far unequaled 6,512 fans for a Reds-Baltimore Orioles April 1st spring-training game. It now hosts an annual 9/11 remembrance, the Chattanooga 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb and 343 Mile Memorial Walk, to memorialize the 343 FDNY firefighters[1] who died trying to rescue people trapped in the 110 stories of the taller tower.

Hardball Capital has pushed for a new ballpark since buying the club in 2015, currently targeting undeveloped land near an abandoned foundry. Its age then, 15 years, was a relatively short life for a stadium, but Hardball says this one was poorly designed. Besides the additional years that have passed, MLB imposed new facility standards in its 2020 Minor League Reorganization. As always, funding is the primary problem. The state, which in 2021 committed $13 million to a new stadium in nearby Knoxville, will help fund one for Chattanooga in a different way: letting the Lookouts keep about three-fourths of state sales taxes the new playpen generates.

Current ballparks in the Southern League
North Division South Division
AT&T Field | Regions Field | Smokies Stadium | Toyota Field Blue Wahoos Stadium | MGM Park | Riverwalk Stadium | Trustmark Park