Chronological Tour: Stop 207

Slugging by the River

The "front" entrance to Louisville Slugger Field, Aug-2001.

Looking in from the concourse atop the left-field bleachers.

This straightaway shot affords a view of the bridge carrying I-65 over the Ohio River.

Quick Facts: Rating: 4 baseballs
The Louisville RiverBats moved into this new park just east of downtown in 2000, vacating Cardinal Stadium, a facility built for the University of Louisville football team and woefully inadequate for baseball. (The Cardinals have a new field, too, but Cardinal Stadium still exists as part of the state fairgrounds.) The team shortened its name to “Louisville Bats” for 2002.

With no promotion scheduled, the park was eerily empty for the 7:05 game, reminding me of some Scranton crowds that are inflated by about 5000 because of season tickets not used. This is a nicer park than Scranton’s, though (even with the 2013 renovation in Moosic). It looks a lot like it belongs in its factory neighborhood, and it has a decent atmosphere. It could have a better view, though, especially being right on the Ohio River. There are a couple of river bridges that can be seen, but they’re not lighted at night and so they nearly disappear after dusk.

The Louisville Slugger Museum is about ten blocks west of the field, on Main Street. I didn’t have a chance to visit.

Game # Date League Level Result
479 Wed 1-Aug-2001 International AAA Norfolk 4, LOUISVILLE 3
1588 Sun 20-Aug-2017 International AAA LOUISVILLE 13, Rochester 6
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