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Dozer Park
Dozer Park
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Former namesO'Brien Field (2002–2008)
Chiefs Stadium (2009-2013)[1]
Location730 Southwest Jefferson Street
Peoria, IL 61605
Coordinates40°41?15?N 89°35?51?W / 40.68750°N 89.59750°W / 40.68750; -89.59750Coordinates: 40°41?15?N 89°35?51?W / 40.68750°N 89.59750°W / 40.68750; -89.59750
OwnerPeoria Chiefs Community Baseball LLC
OperatorPeoria Chiefs Community Baseball LLC
Capacity8,500
Field sizeLeft Field: 310 ft (94.49 m)
Left Center: 375 ft (114.3 m)
Center Field: 400 ft (121.92 m)
Right Center: 375 ft (114.3 m)
Right Field: 310 ft (94.49 m)
SurfaceSod (1–1¼ inches)
Construction
Broke groundAugust 16, 2001 (2001-08-16)
OpenedMay 24, 2002 (2002-05-24)[1]
Construction cost$23 million
($34.7 million in 2021 dollars[2])
ArchitectHNTB
Services engineerClark Engineers MW Inc.[3]
General contractorRiver City Construction LLC[3]
Main contractorsPrairie Construction Systems Inc.[3]
Tenants
Peoria Chiefs (MWL/High-A Central) (2002-present)
Bradley Braves (NCAA) (2002-present)

Dozer Park, originally O'Brien Field and formerly Chiefs Stadium, is a baseball field located in downtown Peoria, Illinois.[4] It is the home of the Peoria Chiefs, the Midwest League affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals; the Chiefs previously played at Meinen Field. The college baseball team of Bradley University also uses the field. It opened on May 24, 2002.[1]

History

Official groundbreaking ceremonies for the $23 million multi-purpose stadium took place on August 16, 2001.[5] The stadium opened on May 24, 2002 as O'Brien Field,[1] with a game between the Chiefs and the Kane County Cougars.[6]

O'Brien Auto Team held the original naming rights to the facility.[6]

In 2011, the stadium hosted to the IHSA Class 1A and 2A baseball state finals. This was the first year the games were played at the facility.[7]

In April 2013, the Chiefs, including the stadium, received $7.35 million in financing and debt forgiveness. The plan included forgiveness of $1.2 million in debt to the City of Peoria; including $2 million in funding from Caterpillar Inc. for naming rights over 10 years; and $2.7 million in new investment of cash and equity by the Chiefs' ownership group of about 50.[8]

On May 10, 2013, Caterpillar and the Chiefs announced that the stadium would be renamed "Dozer Park", a reference to Caterpillar bulldozers.[4][1]

The field

Dozer Park's sod has an 8-inch (200 mm) deep root zone of 90% sand and 10% Dakota peat for nutrition. The high concentration of sand naturally relieves soil compaction.

Beneath the sand and peat mix are 6 inches (150 mm) of gravel. Running through the gravel are drainage tiles that run from home plate to center field. A huge sump pump beyond center field then drains into the city sewer system.

The makeup of the pitcher's mound and batter's boxes are almost 100% clay because it packs better and is wear resistant. The rest of the infield skin area is around 40% clay, 30% silt and 20% sand.

The field will hold up to 5 inches (130 mm) of rain an hour.

The field is mowed every day during homestands, trimmed to 1-1+14 inches (25-32 mm) high. It takes 1.25 hours to cut the outfield grass 2 directions with a 100-inch (2.5 m) cut mower. A walk-behind mower is used for the infield.

The price tag for the field itself was around $450,000.[9]

Luxury suites

Dozer Park accommodates 20 luxury suites. Examples include:

Food

Other than the five fixed concession stands, there are mobile carts around the park. The Chiefs' concessionaire is Professional Sports Catering.[11]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "Chiefs Stadium Renamed Dozer Park". Peoria Chiefs. May 10, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  2. ^ 1634-1699: McCusker, J. J. (1997). How Much Is That in Real Money? A Historical Price Index for Use as a Deflator of Money Values in the Economy of the United States: Addenda et Corrigenda (PDF). American Antiquarian Society. 1700-1799: McCusker, J. J. (1992). How Much Is That in Real Money? A Historical Price Index for Use as a Deflator of Money Values in the Economy of the United States (PDF). American Antiquarian Society. 1800-present: Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800-". Retrieved 2022.
  3. ^ a b c "O'Brien Field". SportsBusiness Journal. May 27, 2002. Retrieved 2011.
  4. ^ a b Cape, Kevin (May 10, 2013). "Caterpillar Names Baseball Stadium 'Dozer Park'". Journal Star (Peoria). Retrieved 2013.
  5. ^ "South Bend Takes Pair of Games from Chiefs". The Pantagraph. Bloomington-Normal. August 11, 2001. Retrieved 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Stadium History". Peoria Chiefs. December 2, 2008. Retrieved 2013.
  7. ^ "Baseball State Finals: 1A/2A Tournament Moves To Peoria, 3A/4A Extended In Joliet". Illinois High School Association. October 12, 2010. Archived from the original on December 31, 2010. Retrieved 2011.
  8. ^ Vlahos, Nick (April 30, 2013). "Peoria City Council Approves Financial Restructuring for Chiefs". Journal Star (Peoria). Retrieved 2013.
  9. ^ Reynolds, Dave. "Guide to O'Brien Field". Journal Star (Peoria). Archived from the original on June 3, 2002. Retrieved 2013.
  10. ^ a b "Big-League Style Ballpark a Hit in Peoria". Journal Star (Peoria). October 19, 2002. Retrieved 2013.
  11. ^ "Who We're Working With". Professional Sports Catering. Retrieved 2013.

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