|Chronological Tour: Stop 168|
Walking up to Cheney Stadium, Aug-2004.
A good look at the seating areas.
The view from behind the plate. Mount Rainier is off to the right, and obscured anyhow.
It’s a 1960 park, with a nice unobstructing roof covering the grandstand. Additional bleachers have been erected along the foul lines (it’s here, not in the grandstand, that one can see Mount Rainier). The upper rows of the grandstand are aluminum benches for general admission; the area below the walkway is box seating, which features modern stadium seats.
Other oddities at Cheney include the fences, which are high (at least 15 feet) and shaped almost like a box, so 325-foot baselines become a 425-foot center field; and the bronze statue of Ben Cheney, forever holding his scorecard and eating his peanuts, in the first row of one of the grandstand sections.
Every so often, plans are aired to make major upgrades to Cheney. Instead of building a downtown park near the Tacoma Dome, one plan had the Rainiers keeping the same field and expand the existing stadium, going half-high down the right-field line and double-high down the left-field line as well as lopping off some of the right-field roof. This would have the effect of dramatically increasing the number of seats with views of Mount Rainier. That plan has gone nowhere, however, and there is continual talk about the team moving, perhaps as far as Honolulu.
Site visitor Ken Hamblin advises that the 2007 season saw some significant upgrades to the ballpark. The left-field bleachers have been removed to make a triple-tiered picnic area. A new wrought-iron fence surrounds much of the park, and new art adorns the outside of the stadium. Additional extensive upgrades occurred prior to the 2011 season, including a new entrance that dramatically changes the appearance of the park.
|381||Sat 21-Aug-1999||Pacific Coast||AAA||TACOMA 7, Colorado Springs 0|
|699||Sun 15-Aug-2004||Pacific Coast||AAA||TACOMA 4, Edmonton 3|