Chronological Tour: Stop 99

A Fine Upgrade

Entrance to Jerry Uht Park, Sep-2004.

A double-decked right-field grandstand enabled the park to avoid spilling into 10 Street.

A residential neighborhood is beyond right field; the Erie Civic Center is just past left field.

Quick Facts: Rating: 4 baseballs
People told me horror stories about Ainsworth Field, at which the Erie Sailors played their New York-Penn League games. The people included several players. So when it was announced that the loop was returning to Erie for the 1995 season, the news that the park was being replaced as well was quite welcome.

Turns out they did everything right at Jerry Uht Park. The parking is convenient and inexpensive, and the facility sports a second deck running above the concession stands on the first-base side, enabling more seats to be shoehorned into a narrow space.

It was an outstanding effort, and the Seawolves were rewarded with an upgrade themselves. The team joined the Eastern League in 1999. Recently, the outfield bleachers depicted in one of the photos above were replaced by a picnic patio and beer garden. The scoreboard was also replaced.

The park is adjacent to the Erie Civic Center, which hosts, among other teams, the Otters of the Ontario Hockey League.

Effective September 2016, the park bears the name of the health plan operated by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The previous naming sponsor, Jerry Uht, was a one-time Cleveland Indians farmhand who had donated $500,000 in endowment money for the new park when it opened back in 1995. Hee agreed to the club’s sale of naming rights in 2015.

Game # Date League Level Result
216 Wed 14-Aug-1996 NY-Penn A Auburn 3, ERIE 1
719 Sat 4-Sep-2004 Eastern AA Trenton 6, ERIE 3
964 Sun 31-Aug-2008 Eastern AA ERIE 9, Akron 7
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