Ed Smith Stadium Facts, Figures & Firsts
Construction cost: $8.5 million
Architect: HOK Sport
Construction manager: Barton Malow Company
Owned by Sarasota County, which purchased the stadium from the City of Sarasota for just $1 on November 10, 2009.
The stadium is the centerpiece of the 53-acre City of Sarasota Sports Complex.
Since its opening the stadium has been named after Ed Smith, the longtime former President (1966-1993) of the Sarasota Sports Committee who passed away on March 9, 2006 at the age of 91. Smith was the driving force behind getting the stadium built, which was accomplished by the passage of a general obligation bond on November 4, 1986 by voters in the city of Sarasota.
Spring training tenants: Chicago White Sox (1989-1997), Cincinnati Reds (1998-2009) and Baltimore Orioles (1991 and starting again in 2010)
Minor league tenants: Sarasota White Sox (1989-1993), Sarasota Red Sox (1994-2004) and Sarasota Reds (2005-2009)
First game: The Chicago White Sox beat the Boston Red Sox 3-2 on March 2, 1989 in front of 6,892 fans.
Other stadium firsts:
|Pitch ||Batter ||Hit ||Home Run ||Winning Pitcher ||Losing Pitcher ||Save
|Jerry Reuss ||Wade Boggs ||Carlos Quintana ||Dan Pasqua ||Tom McCarthy ||Mike Rochford ||Bobby Thigpen
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