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Rochester Ballparks


The Red Wings are celebrating their 20th season at Frontier Field in 2016, the only home many young fans know for Rochester Red Wings baseball. Generations of fans have known two ballparks - Frontier Field and Silver Stadium, the Wings' home until 1996. But Frontier Field is actually the eighth ballpark that has been home to professional baseball in Rochester!

This article explores the ballparks that have been home to professional baseball in Rochester since its debut in 1877.




HOP BITTERS PARK --The home of the Rochester Nine from 1877-1885, Hop Bitters Park was located on North Union Street at Weld.

CULVER FIELD--Located at the northwest corner of University and Culver, Culver Field was home of the Rochester Bronchos from 1886 until it burned down in 1892. For the next two years, there was no professional team or park in Rochester. (In 1890, Rochester played its Sunday games at Windsor Beach Grounds in the town of Irondequoit).

RIVERSIDE PARK -- The home field of the Rochester Brownies for three seasons. The ballpark opened in 1895 on the east bank of the Genesee River just north of Norton Street.

CULVER FIELD -- Re-built in time for the 1898 season, the new Culver Field played host to the newly named Rochester Beau Brummels for a decade. However, the right field bleachers collapsed in 1906 leading to dozens of injuries and lawsuits. After the 1907 season, the ballpark was acquired by Gleason Works, which turned the site into the plant that stands to this day.

BAY STREET PARK -- Situated on the south side of Bay Street east of Webster Ave, Bay Street Park was the home of professional baseball in Rochester from 1908 until Red Wing Stadium opened in 1929. Bay Street Park's outfield was so vast that automobiles and horse-drawn carriages parked in the outfield during games.

RED WING STADIUM -- Built by the St. Louis Cardinals for $400,000, the ballpark at 500 Norton Street was the home of the Wings from May 2, 1929 to September 12, 1996. In 1968, Red Wing Stadium was re-named in honor of Morrie Silver, who saved professional baseball in Rochester in the 1950's.

FRONTIER FIELD -- Built for a cost of $35.3 million, this state-of-the-art facility became home of the Red Wings in 1997. Frontier Field was officially opened on July 11, 1996 with Opening Ceremonies and a concert by the Beach Boys. Located in downtown Rochester, Frontier Field is off Interstate 490.

DID YOU KNOW? Rochester spent one season as a major-league club. In 1890, the Rochester nine were a member of the American Association, finishing 5th in the league with a 63-63 record.