|McCormick Field / Asheville Tourists|
|Page 2: A Classic Ballpark|
|Page 3: Before/After the Game|
Year Opened: 1924; rebuilt 1992
Architects: Bowers, Ellis, and Watson
Construction: Leader Construction
Dimensions: 326L, 386LC, 373C, 297R
League: South Atlantic League
Affiliation: Colorado Rockies
Parking: Street parking adjacent to the ballpark and in a small adjoining parking lot.
Address/Directions: 30 Buchanan Place, Asheville. The ballpark is located on the eastern edge of downtown Asheville. From I-240, take the Charlotte Street South exit, go south one mile on Charlotte, and turn left on McCormick Place (AAMCO Transmission on the corner). McCormick Field is on the left. From I-40, take Exit 50 (Biltmore Avenue), go north on Biltmore Av. past Mission St. Joe's Hospital, past the Ford dealer, through one traffic light and right at the next street, McCormick Place (gas station on the corner). McCormick Field is on the right.
McCormick Field, the longtime home of the Asheville Tourists, is both a classic ballpark of the Sally League and an example of a ballpark reconstruction done right. Located on the edge of downtown Asheville, McCormick Field has been the psychic center of baseball in Asheville since opening in 1924.
It's a cozy ballpark: McCormick seats only 4,000 (all between the foul lines), and the right-field wall (shown below) is only 300 feet down the line (the same as the original McCormick Field) and 35 feet high, just two feet shorter than the Green Monster at Fenway Park. It does change the dynamics of a game: during my visit Tourists 1B Simon Ferrer was thrown out at second by Augusta GreenJackets RF Brandon Moss after hitting one off the top of the fence.
UPDATE: The outfield fence has been changed since our initial visit, with the 35-foot-tall fence gone. A new scoreboard in right is 42 feet high by 94 feet wide, and the team estimates that more than 40 homeruns is 2006 stayed in the field compared to the earlier configuration.
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