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Alliant Energy Field is living proof of one prime rule for ballparks: Never, ever tear down an old facility. There are precious few ballparks out there that so successfully combine the old and the new as Alliant Energy Field, and any community trying to figure out what to do with a historic, old facility should use this ballpark as a blueprint.


Opened: 1937; renovated 2005-2006
Budget (renovations): $3.8 million
Architect: Populous (2005-2006 renovation)
Capacity: 4,200
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.