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Outfield Dimensions
LF: 336'   CF: 400'   RF: 325'

IronPigs Info
Level: AAA
League: International
Affiliate: Philadelphia Phillies
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Radio: WEEX 1230 AM


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Nearest Major Airport:
Lehigh Valley International
(3 miles)

Nearest Pro Ballpark:
FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading, PA (38.7 miles)

Ballpark Attendance
Year Total Rank *
2011
2010
2009
2008
628,925
645,905
641,335
602,033
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Coca-Cola Park


Opened: 2008
Capacity: 10,000
Ballpark address:
1050 IronPigs Way
Allentown, PA   18109

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Coca-Cola Park in Allentown
At roughly $50 million, Allentown's Coca-Cola Park is one of the priciest ballparks ever built in the minor leagues. As expected, it comes with all the bells and whistles that are now standard in a stadium of its fiscal magnitude, but what really sets Coca-Cola Park apart from the rest is its food.

Given the name of the team the ballpark was built for, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, it's no surprise that pork products are easily found, but flavored pretzels and roasted corn on the cob notably compliment barbeque offerings like the big porker sandwich and nacho porker. Behind home plate, the sweet smell of cinnamon wafts through the concourse from the cinnamon roasted nut stand, which is the reason why this is the best smelling ballpark I've ever been to.

As for the structure and its confines, I was underwhelmed if only because I've seen so much of what Coca-Cola Park features before. The concourse wraps the field, there's a small berm with a supersized scoreboard behind it and plenty of great standing room options are set behind drink rails that are as abundant as concession offerings. Predictably, groups have their picnic area, kids their zone, and companies their suites.

The ballpark has two levels and separate gates for each. The club level contains 1,061 seats with 20 suites behind them. The West gate, which is adjacent to a loading dock and behind home plate, is for club seat and suite holders only. The East gate, located in the right field corner, is where most folks congregate and enter the ballpark, which has 7,040 field level seats, all painted green with cup holders and angled towards the action. Behind home plate, four so-called dugout suites are separated from the rest of the grandstand. The club level's suites are bookended by open-air but covered party porches.

Coca-Cola Park has what feels like an abbreviated exterior. Built of red brick and tan concrete, its facade spans the first base side of the park only and would be nondescript if not for the arched bay windows that line its upper portion, their placement corresponding to the concourse for the club level. Although not off limits, the third base side of the park might as well be. Since it abuts the edge of ballpark property there is only room for a narrow strip of asphalt, which feels more like a path than the road it is and from which fans have no means to enter the ballpark. Since this outer half isn't seen much, no attempt was made to match the look of the first base side facade that is seen by everyone.

What can also be seen by everyone is the billboards that dominate the outfield's backdrop. Supported by steel frames, two levels of elevated billboards span the outfield, taking a break only from left-center field, where the main scoreboard is, to the center field batter's backdrop. In all, 30 billboards frame the action for most fans - 20 in right and 10 in left field, where they loom behind the bullpens, which are stacked one behind the other and only separated by a chain link fence. A 20 wide x 10 tall video capable message board is affixed to the back wall of the bullpen area. The big LED video board that's embedded in the nearby main scoreboard is 50 x 22 and above it is a large Coke bottle that can shoot fireworks.

Small auxiliary scoreboards are on the facades of the party porches. They are needed because there's a lot going on in the outfield, where fans fill three tiers of drink rail space that's behind the right field wall. The berm fills the space in left-center between the bullpens and batter's eye. A multi-level picnic patio hugs the left field line. Behind it is a kids area full of pay to play games and a free for all playground. Youthful adults saddle up to the beer only bar in right field. Not surprisingly, given the prominence and plentiful presence of advertising, most areas within the ballpark have a sponsor's name attached to it, and that even includes the berm and team store, which is a well-stocked big one just inside of the East gate.

Following games, children exiting through either gate are handed a helium-filled balloon. That's a nice touch. So too is the tribute to legendary Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas, whose trademark home run call, "It's outta here!", is emblazoned on the wall beneath the ballpark bar in right field.

While there was only one "Harry the K" newer ballparks have an assembly line feel to them and Coca-Cola Park (est. 2008) is a perfectly packaged example of one designed by the masters at HOK Sport (now called Populous). So the residents of the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania got a good but not groundbreaking ballpark and one that is most memorable to me because of its great food offerings and numerous outfield billboards.


Location and Parking


Coca-Cola Park is found in a modern industrial setting, elevated above the businesses that are its neighbors. Built on land once owned by LSI Corporation, buildings belonging to the computer components manufacturing company are near each of the three entrances to the ballpark, which is about a mile south of US 22.

The team is named for the region it's located in and Allentown is the biggest city in the Lehigh Valley. The ballpark is barely within Allentown's eastern boundary line, which separates it from Bethlehem. With the city of Easton also nearby, it's safe to say the location for the ballpark was chosen to best serve residents of the three primary cities in Lehigh Valley. The proximity to restaurants and hotels isn't so good, as most of them are near the Airport Road exit off of US 22.

Since the IronPigs have an avid fan base a large parking lot is a necessity, and can be found, at Coca-Cola Park. Divided into upper and lower levels due to the hilly topography of the land, collectively there are 2,500 paved spaces and the cost to park in most is $3. The exception is the "preferred" lot that fronts the stadium. It charges a dollar more.


Coca-Cola Park

Coca-Cola Park Facts, Figures, Firsts & Footnotes


  • Construction cost: $50.25 million
  • Financing: The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania funded a third of the cost. Lehigh County, through the issuance of bonds and a hotel tax, covered the remainder. The county's debt payments on the bonds are covered by rent paid by the team. The IronPigs' 30-year lease calls for them to pay the county $1.29 million annually in rent.
  • Architect: HOK Sport
  • Construction manager: Alvin H. Butz Inc.
  • Groundbreaking took place on September 6, 2006.
  • Was built on a 26-acre site designated by the EPA as a brownfield, meaning that the soil could have been contaminated due to the land's previous usage as a manufacturing and storage site for electronic components. Due to such uncertainty, Lehigh County purchased a $1 million environmental insurance policy to cover any potential cleanup costs arising from the brownfield site's redevelopment, with the policy's coverage remaining in effect for 10 years.
  • Naming rights: The local Coca-Cola bottling franchise agreed to put the Coke name on the ballpark in a 10-year deal that was announced on March 7, 2007. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but it was with the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of the Lehigh Valley and not with Coke's corporate headquarters in Atlanta.
  • Owned and operated by Lehigh County, of which Allentown is the county seat.
  • Has 8,101 fixed seats. The berm in left-center field and areas along the concourse have a collective capacity of about 2,000.
  • Has 24 suites - 20 at club level and 4 at field (dugout) level. Capacities for each suite is 30 people. The two party porches can accommodate 30 to 65 fans and the picnic patio is big enough that it can handle groups of up to 500.
  • Two between innings diversions that are popular with fans are the Great Pork Race, a footrace between three pieces of costumed pork (hot dog, bacon and ham), and the Dancing Dirt Dudes, whom are members of the grounds crew that drop their infield drags and do a dance to a pop tune.
  • Hosted the Triple-A All-Star Game on July 14, 2010, when a sellout crowd of 10,000 saw the International League defeat the Pacific Coast League, 2-1.
  • First game (exhibition): The Philadelphia Phillies beat the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, 5-3, on March 30, 2008 in front of 10,188 fans. The Phils' Geoff Jenkins hit the first ever home run in the ballpark. Jimmy Rollins had the first hit, a single leading off the game.
  • First game (regular season): The Richmond Braves beat the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, 6-0, on April 11, 2008

    View of Lehigh Valley's Coca-Cola Park from its berm
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