SBJ/March 29 - April 4, 2004/Facilities

Clearwater promises a clear view

The Phillies chipped in $12 million on the new $32 million Bright House Networks Field.

If you miss the action in the Philadelphia Phillies' new spring training ballpark, don't blame the architects.

The team of HOK and Ewing Cole Cherry Brott designed a 360-degree concourse with two pedestrian bridges at the new $32 million Bright House Networks Field in Clearwater, Fla. The wrap-around feature lets fans get an unobstructed view of the action no matter where they are in the ballpark.

The new venue replaces 48-year-old Jack Russell Stadium, which lacked the amenities players and fans have become accustomed to and the revenue streams team executives and municipalities desire.

Six 12-seat suites, which are sold out for the year, and three party suites, each capable of holding 30 fans, together represent about $215,000 in potential revenue the team would not have received at the old ballpark. The park has four permanent and 40 portable concessions stands, up from two and 20, respectively.

The dimensions of the ballpark's playing field are identical to those at Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies' new MLB facility in Philadelphia.

The facility also carries a 10-year, $1.7 million naming-rights deal signed by locally based cable company Bright House Networks. Major stadium sponsors include Anheuser-Busch Cos., Chick-fil-A, Hertz and Hooters of America.

Bright House Networks Field

City: Clearwater, Fla.
Tenants: Philadelphia Phillies spring training, Florida State League (Class A Advanced) Clearwater Threshers
Owner/operator: City of Clearwater/Philadelphia Phillies
Architects: HOK, Ewing Cole Cherry Brott
General contractor: Hunt Construction Group
No. of seats (total capacity): 6,897 (7,897)
No. of suites: 6, plus three party suites
No. of club seats: 204
Projected cost: $32 million
Funding: $12 million from MLB Phillies, $7 million from the state of Florida, $7 million from Pinellas County and $6 million from the city of Clearwater. The city's portion comes via the Spring Training Retention Fund, a tourism tax rebate established in 2000 that made up to $15 million available to cities and counties to build or upgrade publicly owned spring training facilities.
Concessionaire: In-house
Pouring rights: Coca-Cola
Scoreboard provider: Venue1
Turf provider: Athletic Services Inc.
Seat provider: Hussey Seating Co.
Opening day: March 4

Subcontractors and consultants
Company (work performed)
A&A Electric Services Inc. (electrical)
Allen Industries Inc. (signage)
American Roll-Up Door Co. (overhead doors)
AmeriSteel Concrete Co. (concrete)
Associated Construction Products Inc. (site construction)
Bay Area Site Improvement (site construction)
BCH Mechanical Inc. (mechanical)
Bickey Construction Co. (masonry)
Bredson & Associates Inc. (mechanical, electrical and plumbing)
Capform (concrete)
Capital Equipment Co. (Tiki Bar construction)
Charlotte Engineering & Surveying Inc. (site construction)
Copeland Steel Erectors Inc. (steel)
Cox Fire Protection (mechanical)
Dixie Metals (metals)
Duffy and Lee (finishes)
Dura-Stress Inc. (concrete)
Economy Caulking (thermal and moisture protection)
Express Metals Inc. (miscellaneous metals)
Fairways Project Management LLC (general requirements)
Florida Power (electric)
Gulf Foundation Inc. (pile driving)
Harmon Inc. (doors and windows)
Hollow Metal Specialists Inc. (doors and windows)
Johnson-Lancaster & Associates (food-service equipment)
Kite Inc. (thermal and moisture protection)
Liberty Steel Fabricating Inc. (steel fabricators)
Mark One Contracting Co. (foundation concrete)
Morelli Landscaping Inc. (landscaping)
Polaris Associates Inc. (surveying)
Pritts & Associates (thermal and moisture protection)
PSI (inspection)
Pyramid Plumbing (plumbing)
R. Dickerson & Associates Inc. (sprayed insulation)
RMC Ewell Inc. (concrete)
Rolling Oak Supply Inc. (bathroom accessories)
Service Painting Corp. (finishes)
SMI Florida Fabricators (metals)
Smith Fence Inc. (fencing)
Southern Storage System (lockers)
SPC Construction Co. (waterproofing)
Staging Concepts (portable seating)
Standard Tile Co. (finishes)
Steadfast Bridges (pedestrian bridges)
Terra Excavating Inc. (excavating)
ThyssenKrupp Elevator (elevators)
URS Corp. (site inspection)
Wood Co. (wood and plastics)
Wrightson Johnson Haddon Williams (acoustical engineer)
Sources: Hunt Construction Group, city of Clearwater, Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal research

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