About the Ballpark
Site: University of Vermont
First Game: April 17, 1906
Seating Capacity: 4,415
LF 330, CF 405, RF 325
Home Of: Vermont Lake Monsters, Single-A affiliate of Oakland Athletics
Notable Former Players:
Geoff Blum, Orlando Cabrera, Jason Bay, Jorge Julio (Vermont Expos); Danny Espinosa, Derek Norris, John Lannan, Jordan Zimmermann (Lake Monsters); Ray Collins, Larry Gardner, Ralph LaPointe, Kirk McCaskill (UVM)
Both UVM and Vermont Expos:
Brady Frost, Ethan Barlow, Jerry Lynde and Jeff Dixon
Other Centennial Events:
Centennial Field is also home to High School regular-season and championship games, American Legion and Babe Ruth games, while Centennial also was the home for the Double-A Vermont Reds (1984-87) and Vermont Mariners (1988)
Notable Vermont Reds/Mariners:
Barry Larkin, Lloyd McClendon, Paul O'Neill, Chris Sabo, Jeff Treadway (Reds); Ken Griffey Jr., Omar Vizquel (Mariners)
Notes: Located on the University of Vermont campus, Centennial Field officially opened on April 17, 1906 with UVM's victory over the University of Maine. The park is one of the oldest still in use in professional baseball. It was part of the sports complex constructed as part of the UVM Centennial celebration. The current concrete and steel main grandstand was erected in 1922, to replace the original wooden bleachers which had burned in 1913. The modern comforts, like concession stands and rest rooms were added in 1995.
The Lake Monsters added a brand new 27-foot by 16-foot video board and new scoreboard in left field, provided by Total Sports Entertainment out of LaCrosse, WI, for the start of the 2012 season.
Also for the 2012 season, each of the light towers were taken down and replaced by new light towers with new wiring, fixtures and energy efficient lights as part of "Musco Green" technology.
The Lake Monsters have also renovated both the home and visiting clubhouses over the past couple of years, while the Centennial infield underwent a total renovation including regrading and resurfacing.