A welcome addition to the city of Idaho Falls, Melaleuca Field has been entertaining fans with exciting baseball-while also hosting other community events-since its grand opening in 2007. However, Idaho Falls' obsession with America's pastime goes back a lot further than that.
In the late 19th century, long before Idaho Falls even became a city, local settlers were playing baseball along the banks of the Snake River. Coinciding with the creation of the first city park in Idaho Falls, the first ball diamond was scratched into the dirt of a beet field in 1919. Professional baseball came to Idaho Falls in 1926, and play-for-pay clubs occasionally saw action here until the conclusion of World War II in 1945. The town has fielded a pro team ever since.