Peoples Natural Gas Field

From BR Bullpen

  • Location: Altoona, PA
  • Home Team: Altoona Curve
  • Built: 1999
  • Left Field Wall: 325 ft.
  • Center Field Walls: 365 ft., 405 ft., 375 ft.
  • Right Field Wall: 325 ft.

History[edit]

Peoples Natural Gas Field in Altoona, PA, is the home of the Altoona Curve, the Pittsburgh Pirates' Eastern League farm team. It was also the Bucs' 2020 Coronavirus pandemic alternate training site.

Opened as Blair County Ballpark, it drew 6,171 to its 1999 debut, 9,308 to the 2006 Eastern League All-Star Game and a house baseball record 10,116 to a 2013 exhibition with the Bucs.

A 2012 deal with Pittsburgh-based Peoples Natural Gas renamed it.

The railroad roundhouse style salutes the industry that helped create Altoona. The brick ballpark's double-deck design allows bigger concourses that dilute crowd density. The Skyliner roller coaster in neighboring Lakemont Park is visible beyond right field, backdropped by the scenic ridges of the Alleghenies.

Inaugural Game[edit]

Despite the cold and rainy weather, 6,171 fans showed up to Blair County Ballpark to watch the home team win 6-1.

Record Attendance[edit]

  • March 30, 2013: 10,116 - more than 2,900 fans over official capacity.

Significant Events[edit]

Seating[edit]

  • Overall Capacity: 7,210
  • Diamond Club (field level): 1,634
  • Terrace Level: 1,204
  • Grandstand Level: 2,646
  • Home Run Junction (outfield bleachers): 744
  • First Base Bleachers: 400
  • Skybox Seating: 292 person capacity in 21 luxury boxes

Unique Features[edit]

The park is unique in many ways and deviates from the model for minor league ballparks used throughout the 1990s and early twenty-first century. Rather than sitting in an urban center, the park sits outside of the city itself. The ballpark is next to Lakemont Park, an amusement park opened in 1894. It features a sunken field and thanks to the open fence design, fans don't even have to enter the park to see the game. The park features exceptionally wide foul territory and fans enter beside the left field line, both of which create distance between fans and the field. While some feel that fans are more removed from the action here than at many new minor league parks, Peoples Natural Gas Field remains one of the most popular ballparks in the country.

An old wooden roller coaster, "The Skyliner", sits just beyond right field. The coaster once belonged to Lakemont Park, but now serves as a link between the modern team and the history of Altoona. It also ties to the team that plays here - having a few "curves" itself.

Keeping in theme with the railroad history of Altoona, Peoples Natural Gas Field features a row of seats along the railing atop the left field wall. These exclusive seats, known as "Rail Kings" seats were ranked #3 in espn.com's top ten seats in minor league baseball.

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