|Alliant Energy Field / Clinton LumberKings|
|Page 2: Reviewing the Renovations|
|Page 3: Adding More Group Areas|
|Page 4: Concessions and More|
Opened: 1937; renovated 2005-2006
Budget (renovations): $3.8 million
Architect: Populous (2005-2006 renovation)
Dimensions: 330L, 395C, 401RC, 325R
League: Midwest League (Low Class A)
Parent: Seattle Mariners
Ticket Prices (2010): Box, $7; General Admission, $6; Seniors and Student General Admission, $5.
Parking: Limited parking on paved lot to the west of ballpark; more parking across Sixth Avenue and on local streets.
Address: 537 Ballpark Dr., Clinton, IA 52732. (If your GPS unit chokes on that address, use: 91 6th Av. N.) Directions: The ballpark is north of downtown Clinton. From Hwy. 30 or Hwy. 67: Take the highway to 4th Street north. At 6th Avenue, hang a right (east). After crossing 2nd St., the ballpark will be on your left. (If you’ve not been in Clinton recently, take note: Hwy. 30 has been upgraded in recent months; it’s now a set of one-ways.)
It is a scene right out of a Norman Rockwell print. The grandstand dates back to 1937 and is typical for that era: the canopy completely covers the seating area, and there are plenty of support beams to mar the views. Still, it’s a remarkably well-maintained canopy, and the white paint with green highlights lightens up what could be a dark area at dusk and night. Sit in the grandstand and you’ll have a prime view of a riverboat anchored in the Mississippi River.
Of course, this is 2010: the river isn’t used for travel anymore, and the riverboat is permanently anchored, used for gambling. And Alliant Energy Field has been upgraded in recent years. True, a baseball fan from the Norman Rockwell era would indeed recognize the ballpark, but take a closer look and you’ll find things more than adequately updated for 2010 and beyond.
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