Chronological Tour: Stop 219

The Joe

Exterior of Bruno Stadium, Jul-2005.

Here, the press and luxury boxes are located in a building completely behind the concourse.

The field is in an otherwise undeveloped corner of a junior college campus.

Quick Facts: Rating: 3 baseballs
In 2000, New York state senator Joseph L. Bruno announced that he had secured funding for a new ballpark to be built in Troy, best known as the Home of Uncle Sam and also for the Troy Haymakers of the National Association, the first major league, in 1871 and 1872. The city also hosted the National League’s Troy Trojans from 1879 to 1882, as well as minor league teams through 1916. However, most of the pro ball in the Capital District was centered in Albany and Schenectady, the larger of the Tri-Cities, west of the Hudson River.

By the spring of 2001, ground had been broken for the park that would bring baseball back to Troy. The park was dedicated to Senator Bruno in the spring of 2002, and opened that summer for the short-season Tri-City ValleyCats, who had relocated from historic Wahconah Park in Pittsfield. The stadium is on the campus of Hudson Valley Community College, which straddles the line between the City of Troy and the Town of North Greenbush; the baseball stadium is actually in North Greenbush.

The park is the latest to feature a scoreboard with red light-emitting diodes forming the numbers; LEDs, which are also used in modern traffic signal lights, burn brighter and last longer than conventional bulbs.

Otherwise, the park is conventional for its era, featuring 14 rows of seats stretching well along each base line, below a wide main concourse. This produces a comfortable effect which is admired by the locals. There is a picnic area located down the right-field line; in left field, fans of legal age can sit under the scoreboard at the Up the Hill Bar and Grill.

Game # Date League Level Result
528 Sun 7-Jul-2002 NY-Penn A Oneonta 2, TRI-CITY 0
752 Sun 17-Jul-2005 NY-Penn A Aberdeen 1, TRI-CITY 0
1206 Sun 5-Aug-2012 NY-Penn A TRI-CITY 5, Mahoning Valley 4
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