The Ballpark at Hudson

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The Ballpark at night

The state-of-the-art facility was designed by the original Hudson Diamond Club, comprised of Chuck Schilling, Paul Dudley, Jim Nardell, Dave Hartman, Jack Billick, and Jack Kessick. The field was built in 12 months, between April 1992 and April 1993.

Date of Completion: April 20, 1993

Dimensions: Left Field: 315 ft., Left Center Field: 375 ft., Center Field: 395 ft., Right Center Field: 375 ft., Right Field: 310 ft.

First Game: April 27, 1993, 10-3 win vs. Copley
Winning Pitcher: Brian Walling. Game-winning RBI: Mark Hartman.

Food and Refreshments: The concession stand has a variety of offerings, sometimes including a variety of candy, pop, Gatorade, bottled water, and grilled items, such as hot dogs, sausage, and hamburgers. The stand is fully operated by the baseball program, staffed by baseball parents, and all proceeds are put back into the baseball program.

Gagat Bulding: The 5,040 square foot Gagat Bulding houses two indoor batting/pitching cages, a covered outdoor batting cage, a coach's office, and restrooms. Funded by a donation from the late David Gagat and matched by the the Hudson community, the facility was completed in November 2001. Click here for more information about the Gagat Bulding.

Lighting: Eight poles containing 58 lights were installed in 1994. The lights were the result of a two-year fundraising effort, spearheaded by the Hudson Diamond Club and supported by the Hudson community.

Location: Driveway off Stow Road, adjacent to the Ohio Turnpike and behind Hudson High School in Hudson, Ohio.

Origin of Name: The name "The Ballpark at Hudson" was first coined by former junior varsity coach and current public address announcer Jeff "Hildy" Hildebrand. Hildy first used the name when making a program for the district baseball tournament hosted at Hudson High School in 1996. The cover of the program featured "Welcome to The Ballpark at Hudson" and it stuck. That phrase now welcomes all visitors as they pull into the ballpark's parking lot.

Other Features: Roll-away batting cage, 175' by 175' field tarp

Picnics: The Ballpark features a picnic hill in right field.

Press Box: Built in 1992 with donatd materials and labor, the Press Box stands 15-feet high behind the thrid base dugout and contains a concession stand.

Scoreboard: 14' x 10' single-color, matrix display.

Seating: 500 seats in the main bleachers.
50 seats each in auxiliary bleachers.
General lawn seating also available.

Warning Track: Crushed red brick