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Lake Elsinore Diamond
Lake Elsinore Diamond
Storm Stadium
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Location500 Diamond Drive
Lake Elsinore, CA 92530
Coordinates33°39?15?N 117°18?7?W / 33.65417°N 117.30194°W / 33.65417; -117.30194Coordinates: 33°39?15?N 117°18?7?W / 33.65417°N 117.30194°W / 33.65417; -117.30194
OwnerCity of Lake Elsinore
OperatorStorm Entertainment
Capacity6,066 permanent stadium seats
Field sizeLeft Field - 330 ft
Left-Center Power Alley - 425 ft
Center Field - 400 ft
Right-Center Power Alley - 386 ft
Right Field - 310 ft
Backstop - 50 ft
SurfaceTiffsport (Bermuda grass)
Construction
Broke groundOctober 1992
OpenedApril 15, 1994[1]
Construction cost$24.3 million
($41.9 million in 2019 dollars[2])
ArchitectHNTB[3]
General contractorPeter M. Savello & Associates Inc.[4]
Tenants
Lake Elsinore Storm (CL) (1994-present)

Lake Elsinore Diamond, commonly referred to as Storm Stadium, is a baseball park in Lake Elsinore, California. It is primarily used for baseball and is the home field of the Lake Elsinore Storm minor league baseball team, a part of the California League.[5] The field at the Lake Elsinore Diamond is named the Pete Lehr Field.

History

It was built in 1994 and has a capacity of over 8,000 people with 6,066 permanent seats.[6] The original $8 million construction estimate in 1992, however, ballooned to more than $22 million by the time of its completion.[7]

Other uses

The company that currently manages the site is Storm Entertainment, a newly developed entity of Storm Baseball. When baseball is not in season, the field is used for a number of other purposes including concerts, boxing matches, and local high school graduations, all of which can utilize temporary seating to increase the capacity to 14,000.[8]

This stadium also has a yearly event for Halloween, the "Field of Screams".[9]

In December 2017, the park hosted the Stadium Super Trucks racing series' World Championship Finals. To create the course, approximately 150,000 square feet of dirt was brought in.[10] The series returned to the Diamond for its 2018 season opener,[11] while the 2020 edition was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[12][13]

Diamond Club

The Diamond Club is the name of the enclosed restaurant and patio in the left field corner. The restaurant has a full menu and is open to the public during all home games. The venue can host various events including birthdays, weddings, etc. It can hold up to 300 guests has several full menus for one's choosing.[14]

Dimensions

Right field is 310 feet away from home plate, with center field at a distance of 400 feet and left field at a distance of 330 feet. The deepest part of the park is the left center power alley at 425 feet. The grass used is Tiffsport, a hybrid Bermuda grass, which is overseeded with ryegrass for the winter.[15]

See also

References

  1. ^ Bloom, Barry M. (April 27, 1994). "Investors Discuss Vista's Minor-League Prospects". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved 2011.
  2. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800-". Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ "Ballparks: Lake Elsinore Diamond". Friends of San Diego Architecture. Retrieved 2011.
  4. ^ Bloom, Barry M. (September 3, 1994). "Baseball No Sure Hit for Towns. Booming Minor League Looking to North County". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved 2012.
  5. ^ "The Official Website of the California League". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved 2014.
  6. ^ "Stadium". City of Lake Elsinore. Archived from the original on March 26, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  7. ^ Lewitt, Meghan; Nealon, Sean (September 30, 2006). "Lake Elsinore, Developer Can't Cut Diamond Deal". The Press-Enterprise. Riverside. Archived from the original on May 20, 2011. Retrieved 2009.
  8. ^ "The Diamond". Minor League Baseball. February 25, 2010. Retrieved 2014.
  9. ^ "Haunted Stadium". Haunted Stadium. Retrieved 2014.
  10. ^ "Stadium SUPER Trucks World Championship Finals Set For December 15 & 16 At Lake Elsinore Diamond Stadium". Stadium Super Trucks. October 6, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  11. ^ Sinclair, Adam (January 11, 2018). "Stadium SUPER Trucks to Start 2018 World Championship at Lake Elsinore Diamond Stadium January 27". Speedway Digest. Retrieved 2018.
  12. ^ Nguyen, Justin (December 17, 2019). "SST returning to Lake Elsinore in 2020". The Checkered Flag. Retrieved 2019.
  13. ^ Stadium Super Trucks [@SSuperTrucks] (November 18, 2020). "We were going to run there this year but COVID said no / It's an option, but won't happen until it's back to 100% fan capacity" (Tweet). Retrieved 2020 – via Twitter.
  14. ^ "Diamond Club". Minor League Baseball. February 26, 2010. Retrieved 2014.
  15. ^ "The Lake Elsinore Diamond". Storm Entertainment. Archived from the original on April 20, 2008. Retrieved 2009.

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