Jerry Uht Park
Jerry Uht Park has been the crown jewel of the Erie sports scene since the SeaWolves inception in 1995. Since that time, over 3.5 million fans have passed through the gates to enjoy high-quality professional baseball. Fans have been treated to the likes of All-Stars Justin Verlander and Curtis Granderson in this intimate, 4,200 seat facility.
From 1995-98 the SeaWolves were a short-season affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, playing in the New York-Penn League. In 1999, the Seawolves began as a full-season, Double-A club playing in the historic Eastern League. Erie spent its first two seasons as an Anaheim Angels affiliate before forging an ongoing partnership with the Detroit Tigers in 2001.
The ballpark features six luxury suites, two picnic areas down the right and left field lines, five main concession stands and a beer garden with special club boxes for a private, outdoor experience.
One of the unique features of Jerry Uht Park is a raised upper deck of seats on the first base side. The first base upper deck was voted into the Top 10 seats in Minor League Baseball.
A group of local business people and proponents of a new ballpark named "Team Erie" helped make this downtown facility possible by obtaining $8.7 million dollars for the stadium project. The groundbreaking ceremony took place on July 27, 1994 and the project was completed just 303 days later.
According to Chuck Hall, Heery International's Project Manager for the Erie Ballpark: "Working on a baseball park was always a dream of mine, so when the chance came to manage construction of the Erie Ballpark, I jumped at the opportunity."
The first game at the "Uht" took place on June 20, 1995 against the Jamestown Jammers. In a storybook ending, Jose Guillen blasted a home run over the Civic Center in left field to win the game for Erie. A crowd of 6,300 jammed back the historic event in downtown Erie.
In 1999, Double-A baseball came to town in the form of the Anaheim Angels as a member of the Eastern League. The first game was played on April 12, 1999 in front of 5,195 fans. The first hit was collected by future big leaguer Trent Durrington when he singled to left field. The team finished the season with a record of 81-61 and were crowned Southern Division Champions.
The SeaWolves remained an Anaheim affiliate for two seasons, and in 2001, a different American League team joined affiliation with Erie...The Detroit Tigers.
The 2001 season marked an all-time high in attendance at Jerry Uht Park with over 246,000 fans coming through the turnstiles. That season, the SeaWolves finished with their best regular season record to date with 84 wins and just 58 losses to win the EL Southern Division.
In 2006, the biggest renovation project in Jerry Uht Park history began. As a part of the $4 million project, two new exciting features were added to "the Uht". The first was a brand-new, state-of-the-art video scoreboard located in rightfield.
The second addition to the Jerry Uht Park improvements was a two-level picnic area known as "The Gardens" located down the right field line. The right field picnic garden features two levels of picnic tables with a fully-functional concession area. The area allows fans a different view of the game than the traditional picnic area which is located down the left field line.
The upper level, The Bud Light Beer Garden, features 11 "Club Seat" boxes. Fans will have the option to book private, open-air boxes for the game with accomodations for up to 16 people. The Bud Light Beer Garden also features concessions and additional viewing areas for games.
Throughout the history of Jerry Uht Park, over 150 players have donned a SeaWolves uniform and gone on to play in the Major Leagues.