Chronological Tour: Stop 312

RiverHawks Stadium



Main entrance to RiverHawks Stadium, Aug-2006.

A look at the seating areas from a pavilion beyond right field.

The park is at the edge of an industrial area, but improvements are anticipated.

Quick Facts: Rating: 3 baseballs
After Rockford lost its Midwest League team to Dayton, Ohio, the Frontier League came in and placed a team at Marinelli Field. However, the old facility in Black Rock Park was inadequate and marketing efforts for the new team were largely futile as a result.

In 2004, one of the team owners, a local real estate developer, said he would go ahead and build his own park in the nearby suburb of Loves Park. It took longer than expected, but RiverHawks Stadium opened for the 2006 season.

As of 2006, the park looked nice enough, but it seemed rather Spartan in nature. There was no roof to provide shade on hot sunny days or shelter on rainy evenings. The owner said that the market did not support a row of luxury suites, but some covered picnic areas have been added and more shade is possible.

Grand plans to add restaurants and hotels around the ballpark never materialized, mainly owing to the economic depression that set in a few years after the park opened. By 2015, the independent league team was no more. A college summer league team will occupy the facility starting in 2016.


Game # Date League Level Result
833 Tue 8-Aug-2006 Frontier Ind. Washington Pa 2, ROCKFORD 1, 12 inn
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