Principal Park

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(also known as Sec Taylor Stadium (II), 1992 to 2004)

BALLPARK: Principal Park

LOCATION: Des Moines, IA

AFFILIATION: Chicago Cubs

BUILT: 1992

CAPACITY: 10,800

Principal Park in Des Moines, IA, is the home of the Iowa Cubs, the Chicago Cubs' International League farm team. The Iowa State Capitol is visible beyond the ballpark's outfield - but it is now visible to fewer fans in the stands.

MLB's 2021 Minor League Reorganization mandates a 36-foot tall "batter's eye" - a solid and dark colored area of the centerfield wall, designed to keep batters from having to pick up a white baseball out of a white or light background. Principal's pre-existing 16-foot eye left left-handed batters vulnerable to glare from the capitol dome, but the required increase also blocked the capitol from about one in five fans in the stands. The I-Cubs' new eye debuted in their June 14, 2022, game - far earlier than originally projected. Less than a month later, however, a summer storm blew it apart. A temporary replacement went up in time for the next I-Cubs' home game.

The same-site, same-name replacement of Sec Taylor Stadium opened in 1992, keeping the name of the late Des Moines Register and Tribune sports editor until Principal Financial Group bought naming rights in 2004. Its scoreboard is manual for score by innings and line score, one of eight in the minors.

The original facility, opened as Pioneer Park in 1947, had been renamed for Taylor in 1959. The replacement park, designed by HOK Sport (now Populous), wore the same name until Des Moines-based Principal Financial Group bought naming rights late in the [2004]] season.

A 2008 game was played to empty seats amid flooding evacuations because the I-Cubs and Nashville Sounds had no possible make-up dates remaining.


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