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
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
Harbor Park opened on April 14, 1993, and can
seat 11,856 people.
3 Notable events
5 External links
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.
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.
The Tide light rail has a station along Park Avenue, adjacent to
Harbor Park stadium. Amtrak also has its Norfolk station adjacent to
Harbor Park hosted the 1998
Triple-A All-Star Game
Triple-A All-Star Game in which the
International League All-Stars defeated the Pacific Coast League
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.
On March 30, 2007, the
Washington Nationals played an exhibition game
Baltimore Orioles at Harbor Park. The game was sold out
two weeks in advance; attendance was 12,408.
On October 28, 2008,
Barack Obama held a rally at Harbor Park.
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
The concert band piece
Harbor Park Holiday, written in 1996 by Norfolk
native James L. Hosay, was written about Harbor Park.
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2015. p. 164. Retrieved April 4, 2015.
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2014. p. 162. Retrieved April 4, 2015.
Stadium Starting Lineup". The Virginian-Pilot. Norfolk. February
22, 1992. Retrieved September 16, 2011.
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Harbor Park as Tides
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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
^ 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
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
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