All-Pro Freight Stadium
All-Pro Freight StadiumAvon, Ohio
All-Pro Freight Stadium is the centerpiece of a new 133-acre recreational and mixed-use development. The site, given to the city a number of years ago, had been used by a local utility company as a dumping ground for fly ash, and the city decided to use a small portion of the land for this project, which it saw as an economic development tool. Future sports and recreation developments will include a YMCA and an ice rink.
The home venue for the Lake Erie Crushers represents the next generation of ballparks for the independent Frontier Baseball League. The program and quality of this facility, which includes seating for 5,000 spectators, was meant to surpass other venues of this scope. The concourse level includes team offices, a team shop, concessions stands, a clubhouse (with party patio above), and maintenance, storage and support facilities. The suite level includes 11 enclosed suites, two open suites, team offices, a press box, concessions stands and support facilities. The main concourse offers ample space for fan amenities, while an outfield grass berm accommodates overflow crowds. The ballpark, which features a synthetic turf field that will accommodate local high school and college teams, is geared toward family entertainment and community programming, as there will be concerts and festivals seven months of the year.
Project DetailsArchitect: OSports (Osborn Sports Architecture); Cleveland, Ohio
Executive Architect: RWL Architects; Elyria, Ohio
Seating Capacity: 5,000
Construction Cost: $12 million
Occupancy: May 2009
Baseball Backstops: Diversified Sports Specialties
Bleachers/Grandstands: American Seating Co. (Fixed Stadium Seating)
Lighting: Universal Sports Lighting
Scoreboards: Daktronics Inc.
Sports Surfaces: TigerTurf Americas