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HISTORY OF LOUISVILLE SLUGGER FIELD
The Louisville Bats and the City of Louisville broke ground on Louisville Slugger Field back on November 13th, 1998. In front of a crowd estimated at about 1000, Mayor Jerry Abramson and Governor Paul Patton cut out the first home plate before they broke the ground with Bats President Gary Ulmer and other officials.

The stadium which opened in April of 2000 seats over 13,000 and was built on the banks of the Ohio River, within one block of the Waterfront Park. A key designs feature is the integration of an historic rail freight depot in the over all project. The converted structure, encompasses more than 62,000 square feet, and serves as the ballparks' front door.

The design of Louisville Slugger Field was a joint effort of HNTB Architects of Kansas City, Mo., and K. Norman Berry and Associates of Louisville. The field will was financed through a partnership between the city, the Bats, Hillerich & Bradsby, the Brown Foundation, Human Inc. and the Humana Foundation.
STADIUM FACTS
The stadium cost $39 million and includes 30 private suites, second-level club seating, a continuous concourse around the field, an outfield seating berm, extensive press facilities, concessions, restrooms, a children's play area, team and administrative offices.

Dimensions: 325' (LF), 405' (CF), 340' (RF)
Capacity: 13,131
Playing Surface: Natural Grass
LOUISVILLE SLUGGER FIELD FIRSTS
First Game: April 12, 2000 vs. Norfolk Tides (L, 8-5)
Honorary First Pitch: Governor Paul Patton, Mayor David Armstrong, then-former Mayor Jerry Abrahamson
First Pitch: A ball thrown by Louisville's Osvaldo Fernandez
First Batter: Norfolk's Lauriel Gonzalez
First Louisville Win: April 13, 2000 vs. Nofolk (8-7, 11 innings)
First Louisville Save: April 14, 2000 by Norm Charlton
First Hit: A single by Norfolk's Ryan McGuire in the first inning
First Louisville Hit: A single by Chris Sexton in the first inning
First Run: By Louisville's Deion Sanders in the first inning
First RBI: By Louisville's Chris Sexton in the first inning
First Single: By Louisville's Chris Sexton in the first inning
First Double: By Norfolk's Ryan McGuire in the third inning
First Triple: April 26, 2000 by Louisville's Deion Sanders in the seventh inning
First Home Run: April 12, 2000 by Louisville's Mike Bell in the sixth inning with two runners on
First Grand Slam: June 6, 2000 by Louisville's Ron Wright in the fifth inning
First Stolen Base: April 13, 2000 by Norfolk's Jason Tyner in the first inning
First Louisville Stolen Base: April 13, 2000 by Louisville's Deion Sanders in the first inning
First Strikeout: April 12, 2000 by Louisville's Mike Bell in the first inning
First Walk: April 12, 2000 by Louisville's Deion Sanders in the first inning
STADIUM HIGHS & LOWS
Largest Crowd: 14,331 on April 23, 2016 vs. Indianapolis
Longest Game (Time): 5:34 on August 3, 2014 vs. Rochester (L, 6-5)
Longest Game (Innings): 18 on June 6, 2003 vs. Richmond (W, 4-3)
Longest Home Run: 490' by Louisville's Rob Stratton on April 26, 2006 vs. Toledo
Most Runs by Louisville: 22 on July 13, 2012 vs. Gwinnett
Most Runs by Opponent: 20 on April 13, 2014 vs. Toledo
Most Hits by Louisville: 23 on July 13, 2012 vs. Gwinnett
Most Hits by Opponent: 21 on April 18, 2012 vs. Toledo