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Harbor Park
Harbor Park
is a stadium, used primarily for baseball, on the Elizabeth River, in downtown Norfolk, Virginia. Once rated the best minor league stadium by Baseball America, it is home to the Norfolk Tides Minor League Baseball
Minor League Baseball
team. The Tides are the Baltimore Orioles' Triple-A farm team and compete in the South division of the International League. Harbor Park
Harbor Park
opened on April 14, 1993, and can seat 11,856 people.

Contents

1 Features 2 Transportation 3 Notable events 4 References 5 External links

Features[edit] Seating includes 9,000 lower deck seats, 2,800 upper deck seats and a 300 person capacity picnic area. The stadium also features 24 luxury skyboxes with seating for 400, and a 225-seat full-service restaurant with a panoramic view of the field from the first base side. A record crowd of 14,263 was reached August 31, 1996.[8] The field is made of natural grass and features a state of the art irrigation and drainage system. The outfield dimensions are 333 feet to the left field foul pole, 400 feet to straightaway center, and 318 down the right field line. Transportation[edit] The Tide light rail has a station along Park Avenue, adjacent to Harbor Park
Harbor Park
stadium. Amtrak also has its Norfolk station adjacent to the stadium. Notable events[edit] Harbor Park
Harbor Park
hosted the 1998 Triple-A All-Star Game
Triple-A All-Star Game
in which the International League
International League
All-Stars defeated the Pacific Coast League All-Stars, 8–4.[9] During Major League Baseball's search for a new home for the Montreal Expos, Norfolk submitted a proposal which would have expanded Harbor Park to temporarily accommodate a major league team. Norfolk's bid was rejected and the Expos eventually became the Washington Nationals.[10] On March 30, 2007, the Washington Nationals
Washington Nationals
played an exhibition game against the Baltimore Orioles
Baltimore Orioles
at Harbor Park. The game was sold out two weeks in advance; attendance was 12,408.[11] On October 28, 2008, Barack Obama
Barack Obama
held a rally at Harbor Park.[12] On December 16, 2008, the city of Norfolk approved a plan by the Tides to build a party deck in right field, behind the home team's bullpen. Completed in March 2009, two weeks before an Orioles–Nationals exhibition game, the deck holds 400 people but did not increase stadium capacity, except during sold-out games, when the deck accommodates some overflow. The right field fence was moved in 20 feet, to accommodate the deck, setting it at its current distance of 318 feet.[13] The concert band piece Harbor Park
Harbor Park
Holiday, written in 1996 by Norfolk native James L. Hosay, was written about Harbor Park.

References[edit]

^ "2015 Norfolk Tides
Norfolk Tides
Media Guide". Minor League Baseball. March 15, 2015. p. 164. Retrieved April 4, 2015.  ^ "2014 Norfolk Tides
Norfolk Tides
Media Guide". Minor League Baseball. March 19, 2014. p. 162. Retrieved April 4, 2015.  ^ " Stadium
Stadium
Starting Lineup". The Virginian-Pilot. Norfolk. February 22, 1992. Retrieved September 16, 2011.  ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2018.  ^ a b Robinson, Tom (July 1, 1992). "Omni Submits Lowest Bid for Construction of Tides' Stadium". The Virginian-Pilot. Norfolk. Retrieved September 16, 2011.  ^ "Ken Olson Experience". LinkedIn. Retrieved February 15, 2013.  ^ "Pro Baseball Sports Facilities". Bredson & Associates, Inc. Archived from the original on April 10, 2002. Retrieved August 8, 2013.  ^ Radford, Rich (September 1, 1996). "14,263 Pack Harbor Park
Harbor Park
as Tides Roll". The Virginian-Pilot. Norfolk. Retrieved May 15, 2014.  ^ " Triple-A All-Star Game
Triple-A All-Star Game
Results (1998–2002)". Triple-A Baseball. Retrieved July 7, 2017.  ^ Minium, Harry (December 17, 2004). "Norfolk Not Likely to Make Another Push for Expos". The Virginian-Pilot. Norfolk. Retrieved March 9, 2014.  ^ Radford, Rich (March 31, 2007). "A Painful Win for Area's O's Fans". The Virginian-Pilot. Norfolk. Retrieved May 22, 2012.  ^ Watson, Denise M.; Wagner, Lon (October 29, 2008). "For Harbor Park Crowd, Barack Obama
Barack Obama
Hits a Home Run". The Virginian-Pilot. Norfolk. Retrieved March 9, 2014.  ^ Minium, Harry (December 17, 2008). "Tides Hope to Bring Back the Home Run at Harbor Park". The Virginian-Pilot. Norfolk. p. 1, Sports section. Archived from the original on February 15, 2013. Retrieved December 17, 2008. 

External links[edit]

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Harbor Park
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Events and tenants

Preceded by Met Park Home of the Norfolk Tides 1993 – present Succeeded by current

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North Division

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South Division

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West Division

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