UCHealth Park is one of the premier ballparks in the Pioneer League, featuring stunning views of Pikes Peak and the Colorado Front Range in majestic Colorado Springs.
UCHealth Park is 6,531 feet above sea level, making it the highest professional baseball park in North America. The stadium faces east, toward the plains and the Springs Ranch housing development. This is due to the fact the sun sets over the mountains and would be a distraction to batters if the stadium faced west.
Opened in 1988, UCHealth Park is the home to the Rocky Mountain Vibes, Rookie-Advanced affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. It was formerly known as Sky Sox Stadium after being home to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox for 31 seasons. During that 31 year period, the Sky Sox were the Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians from 1988-92, the Colorado Rockies from 1993-2014, and the Milwaukee Brewers from 2015-2018. The Sky Sox won Pacific Coast League championships in 1992 and 1995.
Before the completion of the stadium on the corner of Tutt & Barnes, the Sky Sox played at Spurgeon Stadium, a public field at Memorial Park in downtown Colorado Springs which had hosted the original Sky Sox of the 1950s.
The stadium opened late for the 1988 season at a cost of $3.4 million and remained the home of the Sky Sox through their final season in 2018. There were some major renovations done to the park in 2005, such as an improved sound system, a more modern scoreboard with video screen, a new walkway leading to the gates, a banquet facility at the end of the right field concourse, and a readout in the right field wall displaying the speed of each pitch. The stadium is currently undergoing several more rounds of renovations to include new, upgraded concession stands, new hospitality areas and other improvements to add more color to the ballpark.
The names of some of the great players in Sky Sox history ring the upper deck. Known as the members of the Sky Sox Hall of Fame, they are Luis Medina (played 1988-1991), Sam Hairston (played 1950-1956), Charlie Manuel (managed 1990-1992), Alan Cockrell (played 1990, 1992, 1994-1996), Norm "Bulldog" Coleman (non-player who helped the Sky Sox succeed financially, inducted 1996), Ryan Hawblitzel (played 1993-1996), Trenidad Hubbard (played 1993-1996), and Brad Mills (managed 1993-1996).