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Louisville Slugger Field (LSF)

April 2010 marked the 10th anniversary of Louisville Slugger Field (LSF), and we’re covering all of the bases in this Et Cetera.

After years of playing before record-breaking crowds at Cardinal Stadium, the Louisville Bats – then called The Louisville Riverbats – broke ground on a brand new stadium in 1998.

The new home of River City’s Triple-A baseball team was named after the iconic Louisville Slugger bat.

In less than two years, Slugger Field went up near Louisville's Waterfront Park, on the banks of the Ohio River. It was built on the site of an historic train warehouse – of which three sides have been blended into the ballpark’s final design.

Stadium features also include two full-service restaurants, a children’s playground and carousel, and a recessed playing field covered by Kentucky Bluegrass.

The stadium seats 13,000, and Louisville has ranked among the highest in league attendance every season since moving into Slugger Field.

Some famous major leaguers to grace the diamond at Slugger Field are Jay Bruce, Adam Dunn and Deion Sanders.

In 2008, Louisville Slugger Field hosted The Meijer Triple-A All-Star Game, which was nationally televised and included an appearance by The Famous San Diego Chicken.

Etc.:

  • The Louisville Bats (then called the Redbirds) played at Cardinal Stadium from 1982 to 1999.
  • Louisville Slugger Field was built at approximately $27.8 million.
  • According to the Louisville Baseball Club, the home backstop at LSF is only 60 feet. This is the same distance as Chicago’s Wrigley Field.
  • Slugger Field has also hosted its share of concerts, including artists Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews Band … and was a stop for President Barack Obama, on the campaign trail.

Like this story? You may be interested in our segment on mascot Buddy Bat, our Et Cetera on baseball great Harold "Pee Wee" Reese, or our visit to the Louisville Slugger Museum.

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"Louisville Life" profiles a memorable figure in Louisville high society - "the Kentucky countess", churns out the story behind the Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen, visits Louisville Slugger Field, and a unique bed & breakfast in Old Louisville. (#420)