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The Mustangs 2008 Pioneer League campaign marked a new era in Billings as the Mustangs moved into Dehler Park -- a $12.5 million ballpark built to replace Cobb Field.
In November of 2006, the voters of Billings passed a bond issue to replace aging Cobb Field, which was the home of the Mustangs since their first season in 1948. Shortly after the last out of the 2007 season was recorded, Cobb Field was leveled to make way for Dehler Park.
Jon Dehler, a Billings businessman, purchased the naming rights to the park and named it for his family. Dehler Park is as modern as Cobb Field was old. The park features 2,571 individual stadium seats, 500 bleacher seats, a grass berm and an outdoor suite known as the 329 Club.
The playing field is recessed eight feet below street level, allowing for a concourse above the seating bowl that completely circles the playing field. On the concourse, each baseline has modern amenities including concession stands and restrooms that are greatly expanded compaired to the same facilities at Cobb Field.
Additionally, the Dehler Park concourse includes a "Picnic Pavilion" for barbecues and large group outings, and a "Kid Zone" play area for children and a 200 foot zip line.
Dehler Park Quick Facts:
Address: 2611 9th Avenue North Billings MT 59101
Dimensions: 329' LF, 410' CF, 350' RF
Fixed Seating Capacity: 3,071
Dehler Park Firsts:
Official game: July, 1, 2008 (Billings 9, Great Falls Voyagers 7)
National Anthem: Julie Bishop
Umpires: HP: Yute Niide 1B: Rick Wilson
Pitch: 7:06 p.m., Clayton Shunick to Tyler Kuhn
Hit: Jordan Cheatham of Great Falls singles to left in the first inning on July 1, 2008
Run: David Sappelt of Billings in the first inning on July 1, 2008
Extra-Base Hit: David Sappelt first-inning double on July 1, 2008
Run Batted In: Jesus Avila of Great Falls in the second inning on July 1, 2008
Triple: Byron Wiley of Billings in the fourth inning on July 16, 2008
Home Run: Michael Konstanty of Billings (grand slam in the fifth inning on July 1, 2008)
Stolen Base: David Sappelt of Billings in the third inning on July 2, 2008
Winning pitcher: Clayton Shunick of Billings on July 1, 2008
Save: Aguido Gonzalez of Billings on July 1, 2008
Extra-Inning Game: Sept. 3, 2008 vs. Helena (Brewers 10, Mustangs 8 in 13 innings)
Back-to-Back Home Runs: David Fonseca and Derrick Alfonso of Helena in the eighth inning on Aug. 23, 2008
From Interstate 90, take the 27th Street Exit (Exit # 450) and head north on 27th Street. Travel about two miles to the intersection of North 27th Street and Ninth Avenue North and turn right. Dehler Park is located immediately to the left.
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