Chronological Tour: Stop 141

Riverview Stadium

Walking up to Riverview Stadium, Aug-1998.

A typical 1930s-style seating bowl is a rarity in this neck of the woods.

It’s tough to actually see the river from Riverview, but the riverboat casino is clearly visible.

Quick Facts: Rating: 3 baseballs
There’s something about these good old parks that I like.

Riverview Stadium went up more than 75 years ago as a WPA project, and it’s hardly been touched since aside from a few coats of paint. It shows its age, but despite that I found it a wonderful place to watch a baseball game. Renovations prior to the 2006 season added some outfield spectator areas as well as new locker rooms and a new scoreboard, but the seating bowl is relatively unchanged aside from seats having been replaced.

Alas, the good people of Clinton don’t seem to agree. Maybe a few of them have taken a trip to Des Moines to see the Iowa Cubs in recent years, and they’re spoiled. It also doesn’t help that the population of Clinton has been steadily decreasing. In any case, the LumberKings’ attendance has suffered, and the club is constantly threatening to move out. That would be a shame.

In what might be construed as good news, Riverview Stadium was the latest to succumb to the corporate naming trend. Alliant Energy paid $450,000 over ten years to slap its name on the ballpark, known from 2002-11 as Alliant Energy Field. When that contract ran out, Ashford University, a for-profit institution that took over the campus of a defunct Catholic college in Clinton, put their name on the field despite not having a baseball team. The school is pulling out of Clinton after the spring 2016 semester, however, so naming rights to Riverview Stadium may again be in play.

Game # Date League Level Result
332 Thu 20-Aug-1998 Midwest A Cedar Rapids 4, CLINTON 2
1423 Mon 31-Aug-2015 Midwest A Wisconsin 5, CLINTON 4, 11 inn
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