|Chronological Tour: Stop 35|
Walking into Cooper Stadium, Aug-2008.
The seating bowl, as seen from the first-base line just after sunset.
You can see parts of downtown from behind the plate.
The Cards moved their farm club to Omaha in 1955, but the park remained in use, as local businessman Harold Cooper arranged for a community purchase of the Ottawa franchise of the International League and relocated it to the Mound Street ballpark, renaming the club the Jets and the facility Jets Stadium. That club lasted until 1970; in 1971 they moved to Charleston, W.Va., and became the Charlies.
Ready for extra innings? We've got room for 12!
From 1984 through 1998, the park featured artificial turf, which enabled it to host numerous football games and other events, including concerts and revival meetings. The left-field line is 355 feet, owing to the ability to play football at the park. As I understand it, no football was played at Cooper Stadium after the grass surface was restored in 1999.
The stadium saw its last baseball action over Labor Day weekend in 2008. Huntington Park, sponsored by a prominent area bank, opened in downtown Columbus in 2009.
Fans at the game I attended in 2008 said that the facility, which is still owned by Franklin County, will be used as a mini-speedway, similar to the short-term fate of Bush Stadium in Indianapolis.
|68||Wed 19-Aug-1992||International||AAA||Syracuse 10, COLUMBUS 4|
|962||Sat 30-Aug-2008||International||AAA||Toledo 7, COLUMBUS 1|