PNC Field

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Fast Facts[edit]

Renamed PNC Field in 2007

Nickname: The Lack (formerly)

Opened: April 26, 1989 as Lackawanna County Stadium

Address: 235 Montage Mountain Road, Moosic, PA 18505

Cost: $25 million

Style: Multi-purpose

Construction Materials: Concrete and Steel

Capacity: 10,982

Field: AstroTurf until 2007, natural grass since then

Tenants: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons (1989-2006); Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (2007-2011); Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (2013-)

Visitors: 600,000/year

The Stadium[edit]

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For baseball games, PNC Field originally had the same dimensions as Veterans Stadium, since the Philadelphia Phillies' former AAA-affiliate, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons played at the stadium when it opened. It was believed that having the Phillies' top prospects playing in a similar ballpark would help them adjust better to the big leagues when they were called up. Veterans Stadium was enclosed all around, while Lackawanna Stadium was not. Furthermore, 16 years after Lackawanna County Stadium was opened, the Phillies moved into a new ballpark, and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre became affiliated with the New York Yankees, making the stadium a living relic. It was probably the last of the cookie-cutter stadiums, which dominated the major leagues in the 1960s-1970s.

In addition to minor league baseball, amateur events such as High School, College and semi-pro football have taken place here; High School Soccer and field hockey; and both professional and High School band competitions. The parking lot of the stadium has also been used for events such as 3 on 3 basketball, flea markets, car shows and craft shows.

In 2012, the ballpark underwent a major renovation which forced the SWB Yankees to spent the season on the road as the Empire State Yankees. The move was worth it, though, as the renovations brought the stadium into the 21st century to make it a family-friendly environment, but also with bars and restaurants in the bleacher areas from which fans can watch the games, and a walkway that goes all the way around the field, allowing fans to see the field from all angles. The most distinguishing feature is the spectacular rock face beyond the outfield fence and walkway (the ballpark is the middle of the Pocono mountains), and a tall hill beyond center field, with a hotel and restaurant visible on top of the mountain from the grandstand.

It hosted the 1995 AAA All-Star Game. The 2017 Triple-A Baseball National Championship was held here; ironically, the RailRiders had won the game in 2016, but not at home as the championship is played at a pre-determined neutral site. It is not to be confused with PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA although the two ballparks share a corporate sponsor.


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