Coca-Cola Park

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Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, PA, is the home of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Philadelphia Phillies' International League farm team. It was the Phillies' 2020 and 2021 Coronavirus pandemic alternate training site.

It also hosts the Pigs' annual (U.S. Route) 222 exhibition with their Double-A Philly farm-mates, the Reading Fightin Phils, in alternating years.

Opened in 2008, the HOK Sport (now Populous) playpen landed the former Ottawa Lynx. "BaconUSA" has 8,100 seats, yet its club averages more than that per game every year - and the average topped 9,000 for six straight seasons from 2009 to 2014.

The 'Pigs could soon be looking for new digs. MLB imposed new facility standards in its 2021 Minor League Reorganization, and the club estimates getting the ballpark in compliance will cost nearly $10 million. Allentown City Council has not yet taken up funding requests from the team.

On April 8, 2016, the IronPigs played an Opening Day doubleheader against the Syracuse Chiefs in front of zero fans. There were attenuating circumstances though: the games were originally scheduled to be played in Syracuse, NY, but persistent bad weather had made the NBT Bank Stadium field unplayable. The two teams thus agreed at the last minute to move the games to Allentown. Not only was there little chance to sell tickets to the weekday twin bill, Coca-Cola Park was undergoing construction, so the decision was made not to allow spectators.

The site was previously an electronics manufacturing plant on the banks of the Lehigh River. [1]

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