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Outfield Dimensions
LF: 331'   CF: 400'   RF: 337'

Playing Surface
Kentucky bluegrass

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3rd Base

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Level: AA
League: Eastern
Affiliate: Cleveland Indians
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Radio: WARF 1350 AM

Ballpark Attendance
Year Total Average
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004
350,077
340,916
350,704
295,459
256,473
266,265
261,563
316,836
342,816
355,376
412,995
455,056
478,611
5,074
5,013
5,157
4,221
3,772
3,916
3,791
4,659
5,117
5,553
6,354
6,895
6,940


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Canal Park


300 South Main Street
Akron, OH  44308
Opened:
  1997
Capacity:
  9,447
Elevation:
  967'
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Akron's Canal Park, seen from the left field line concourse

The hometown of LeBron James has a ballpark worth bragging about too, as Akron's Canal Park is at the head of the class in its league. The westernmost park in the Eastern League, it's a heart of downtown ballpark with an old canal running beyond it (hence the name) and the location provides a pretty awesome big building backdrop. Canal Park itself has a classic redbrick facade to admire upon approach and there's plenty of room to roam around once inside, although its confines can't quite be fully walked around thanks to the presence of the canal, which can't actually be seen from within the home of the RubberDucks, which was home to the Akron Aeros until the cutesy team name rebranding in 2014. Among the ballpark's nice touches are its pair of rooftop-based infield light towers done up in the way of yesteryear (arched steel supporting wide banks). There's a legit restaurant in the right field corner and the right field area in general is notable, as it's where the signature party/group area is and the big video board and bullpens are placed behind the outfield fences on that side of the park. All in all, Canal Park is one of the modern gems in the minors that just about has it all -- it's good for groups, corporate schmoozing (second-story suites are plentiful) and regular folk, with an ideal setting to enjoy regardless of where you are sitting or standing. So while Akron is best known in the sports world for being home to King James, the city can also boast of being host to a heckuva ballpark.

Location


Canal Park is in downtown Akron, found between the historic Ohio & Erie Canal, which ceased being used by boats in 1913, and a stretch of Main Street that was renamed King James Way on June 23, 2016, with the tribute to the Akron-born-and-bred basketball superstar coming just four days after LeBron James led the Cleveland Cavaliers to their first NBA championship. Parkland is near the baseball stadium, and the surrounding buildings that loom largest from its confines are Children's Hospital (left field corner), the Canal Square (former YMCA) building beyond center field, and strikingly towering over the right field corner is the 16-story Mayflower Manor, a former luxury hotel that was turned into low-income apartments in 1973.

Parking


There are no ballpark-operated lots, but parking is available as close as across the street from the Canal Park entrance. Nearby lots and decks are numerous. Parking in them should be inexpensive at most, and on the weekends City of Akron-run lots are free to park in. For a full list and map of where to park, the Downtown Akron Partnership website details all of the parking decks & lots that are within walking distance of Canal Park.


Canal Park in Akron


Canal Park Facts & Figures


  • Construction cost: $31 million
  • Architect: HOK Sport
  • Construction manager: Summit Construction
  • Groundbreaking date: January 5, 1996
  • Numerous old buildings were demolished to create space for the ballpark. Among the structures torn down was the Anthony Wayne Hotel (est. 1917).
  • Owned by the City of Akron. The current 25-year lease between the city and RubberDucks for use of the ballpark was approved by the Akron City Council on October 11, 2012.
  • Named for the Ohio and Erie Canal, which flows behind the left field fence in close proximity to the ballpark.
  • Has 25 suites.
  • The playing field was named the 1998 Professional Baseball Field of the Year by the Sports Turf Managers Association. The current playing surface was installed prior to the 2016 season and 100% Kentucky bluegrass grown by Tuckahoe Turf Farms of Hammonton, NJ is the sod that covers the field.
  • Replaced Thurman Munson Memorial Stadium in Canton as the home for professional baseball in the area. Munson Stadium was used by the Canton-Akron Indians from 1989-1996 and is about 25 miles south of Canal Park, where it still stands and is used by the amateur Ohio Menís Senior Baseball League.


    Ballpark Firsts


  • First game: April 10, 1997; the Akron Aeros beat the Harrisburg Senators, 13-2, with 9,086 as the announced attendance. The game was played in 3 hours and 25 minutes.

    Official ballpark firsts (all of which occurred on 4/10/97):
    Pitch Batter Hit (single) Home Run Winning Pitcher Losing Pitcher Save
    Jaret Wright Hiram Bocachica Rob Lukachyk Todd Betts Jaret Wright Tommy Phelps Tony Dougherty

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