AdventHealth Stadium
State Mutual Stadium, Rome, GA Nov 2017.jpg
Former namesState Mutual Stadium (2003-2022)
Location755 Braves Boulevard
Rome, GA 30161
Coordinates34°17′9″N 85°10′2″W / 34.28583°N 85.16722°W / 34.28583; -85.16722Coordinates: 34°17′9″N 85°10′2″W / 34.28583°N 85.16722°W / 34.28583; -85.16722
OwnerFloyd County
OperatorRome Baseball Club
Capacity5,105
Field sizeLeft Field: 335 feet
Center Field: 401 feet
Right Field: 330 feet
SurfaceNatural Grass (Tifway 419 Bermuda)
Construction
Broke groundApril 16, 2002[1]
OpenedApril 6, 2003[2]
Construction cost$19 million[3]
($28 million in 2021 dollars[4])
ArchitectBrisbin Brook Beynon, Ltd.
Services engineerMulvey & Banani International Inc.[5]
General contractorH&M Construction[6]
Tenants
Rome Braves (SAL/High-A East) 2003–present

AdventHealth Stadium,[7] located in Rome, Georgia, has been the home of the Rome Braves, of the South Atlantic League, since its completion in April 2003. The facility seats 5,105 people.

History

At the end of the 2002 season, the Atlanta Braves decided to move their Class A Macon Braves. The move came after disputes between the city of Macon and the team over a new ballpark. The city of Rome, Georgia was able to get the approval of SPLOST and lure the Braves to Rome. Using completely SPLOST tax the ballpark was funded and was ready for use in the 2003 season. The construction cost $19 million which is worth $26.7 million in 2020. The stadium has under gone many renovations, the most recent being in 2021. The renovation included a new video board, brand new speaker system, led lights, and more.

Naming Rights

The naming rights were sold to Rome-based State Mutual Insurance Company on February 28, 2003.[8] The terms of the agreement were $250,000 for 18 years.[9] In April 2022, the naming rights were sold to non-profit health care system AdventHealth.[10]

Features

The entrance to AdventHealth Stadium, then State Mutual Stadium
The entrance to AdventHealth Stadium, then State Mutual Stadium

The stadium contains 14 luxury suites, a full-service restaurant, and a group pavilion. The playing field dimensions are a mirror of the parent club's former home, Turner Field, which is a mere 70 miles (110 km) away. Among other reasons, the (relatively) large size of the playing field helps this to be among the least home run-friendly parks in all of minor-league baseball.[11] The stadium is comparable to the Lexington Legends Whitaker Bank Ballpark which was designed by the same architects. The stadium also includes the Miller Lite Marina which is a party deck located down the left field foul line that is decked out with a boat over looking the field.

References

  1. ^ Bowen, Kevin (April 17, 2002). "Rome Breaks Ground for New Braves Staddium". Calhoun Times and Gordon County News. Retrieved March 8, 2014.
  2. ^ Bowen, Kevin (April 4, 2003). "Open House to Show Off Stadium". Rome News-Tribune. p. 8A. Retrieved August 13, 2013.
  3. ^ Partain, Pam (November 1, 2003). "New Home of the Braves". Georgia Trend. Archived from the original on August 13, 2013. Retrieved August 13, 2013.
  4. ^ 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 April 16, 2022.
  5. ^ Swedberg, Claire (November 1, 2004). "Home of the Braves". Electrical Contractor Magazine. Retrieved August 13, 2013.
  6. ^ "Institutional". H&M Construction. Retrieved September 16, 2011.
  7. ^ New for 2022: AdventHealth Stadium
  8. ^ Bowen, Kevin (March 4, 2003). "County Asks Stadium Name Costs". Rome News-Tribune. p. 1. Retrieved August 13, 2013.
  9. ^ Bowen, Kevin (July 1, 2003). "Stadium Numbers Released". Rome News-Tribune. p. 1. Retrieved August 13, 2013.
  10. ^ IBeverly@RN-T.com, Imani Beverly-Knox. "Starting out strong: Rome Braves' home renamed AdventHealth Stadium". Northwest Georgia News. Retrieved 2022-04-25.
  11. ^ "StatCorner Parks Report". www.statcorner.com. Retrieved 2018-04-30.