Exterior of Alumni Coliseum, Aug-2002.
The baseball seating bowl.
From behind the plate, you can see the football grandstand and scoreboard.
- Location: Montana Tech of the University of Montana, top of Park Street, Butte, Mont.
- Opened: 1962
- Demolished: 2012
- Home team: Butte Copper Kings, Pioneer League (1978-85, 1987-2000)
This field is located on the hilltop campus of Montana Tech, a unit of the University of Montana. The Orediggers use it for football, but by the time I visited the park in 2002, they no longer had a baseball team. Butte is known for its copper mines, and one of the city’s attractions is the Copper King Mansion, about a mile from campus.
While the field was in good shape (despite standing water from a rainstorm earlier on the day I visited), the facility did not even meet the standards of the Pioneer League, and I can see why the team abandoned Butte for Casper, Wyoming. A look at the dugout (right) should give you a good clue. In addition, parking and seating were both limited.
Word came in July 2012 that the university was dismantling the baseball stadium as part of a larger renovation in which they were installing artificial turf at the football field.
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