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Thursday, March 30, 2017 1:00 am

Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday: Construction of Parkview Field

After years of discussions on the potential benefits of a downtown baseball stadium, a steering committee created by then-Mayor Graham Richard met for the first time in February 2006 to discuss ideas.

By the end of that year, the city had delivered a proposal for Harrison Square, which included a hotel, condominiums and a baseball stadium.

In April 2007, Fort Wayne City Council approved the downtown development, which would go through a number of changes and approvals. Work began to clear space for the project by the end of 2007 with a groundbreaking in November. In 2008, the Fort Wayne Wizards announced the organization would change its name to the Fort Wayne TinCaps in preparation for the team's move from Memorial Stadium, next to Memorial Coliseum, to the new Parkview Field.

Front-office staff moved into Parkview Field in February 2009, and the TinCaps' first game was played downtown April 16, 2009. Seats for the opening game sold out in less than 30 minutes. Construction had not yet begun on the condominium and retail spaces of the Harrison Square project.

Parkview Field has repeatedly been named one of the best ballparks in Minor League Baseball.

The TinCaps' first home game of the 2017 season is April 8.

– Corey McMaken, The Journal Gazette

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