Victory Field is a minor-league baseball field located in Indianapolis, Indiana. It’s the home field for the Indianapolis Indians, who belong to the International League. The construction of the field was a catalyst for the revitalization of downtown Indianapolis.
In 1996, the first game was played there: the Indians lost to the Oklahoma City 89ers. The field was a replacement for Bush Stadium, which had used to be known as Victory Field as well. The Victory in the name is a reference to the United States’ victory during World War II. The stadium originally held 13,300 people, until 2005, when 1,000 seats were removed to allow for a picnic area. Currently, the stadium includes 7,557 box seats, 3,765 upper and lower reserved seats, 2,000 lawn seats, 125 Coors Light Cove seats, 543 suite-level seats, and 240 wheelchair seats.
Changes in the 2000s
In 2001, the field was home to the Triple-A All-Star Game, wherein the Pacific Coast League All-Stars played the International League All-Stars and defeated them, 9–5. The Indiana Hoosiers have played a game in the stadium every year since 2015. In addition, the field is also home to the Indiana High School Athletic Association’s state-final baseball matches.
Between 2009 and 2010, there were several improvements made to Victory Field. Notably, crews installed an HD screen that measures 6-1/2 feet tall and 120 feet wide. The display, costing approximately $600,000 and designed by the Brookings, South Dakota-based Daktronics company, is the highest resolution screen of any in Minor League Baseball. In short, it shows statistics, live scores, advertisements, and interactive messages.
Nearby sports venues include the Michael A. Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium, the Indiana University Natatorium, the Gainbridge Fieldhouse, and the Lucas Oil Stadium.
In conclusion, Sports Illustrated and Baseball America have both ranked Victory Field as the “Best Minor League Ballpark in America”.
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