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Hadlock Field

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Operator  City of Portland
Broke ground  May 21, 1993
Opened  18 April 1994
Phone  +1 207-874-9300
Team  Portland Sea Dogs
Surface  Grass
Expanded  1995, 1998, 2002, 2006
Capacity  7,368
Owner  Portland
Hadlock Field
Location  271 Park Avenue Portland, ME 04102
Field size  Left Field: 315 feet Center Field: 400 feet Right Field: 330 feet
Address  271 Park Ave, Portland, ME 04102, USA
Hours  Open today · 9AM–5PMTuesday9AM–5PMWednesday9AM–5PMThursday9AM–5PMFriday9AM–5PMSaturdayClosedSundayClosedMonday9AM–5PM
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Hadlock Field is a Minor League baseball stadium in Portland, Maine. It is primarily home to the Portland Sea Dogs of the Eastern League but also the Portland High School Bulldogs and Deering High School Rams baseball teams. The stadium is named for Edson J. Hadlock, Jr., a long-time Portland High School baseball coach and physics teacher.

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History and development

The park opened on April 18, 1994 with a capacity of 6,000. A year later, 500 seats were added, boosting capacity to 6,500. Expansion in 1998 increased capacity to 6,860 and in 2002 to 6,975. About 400 seats were added in right field before the start of the 2006 season, and the park currently seats 7,368. Hadlock Field is located between Interstate 295, the historic Fitzpatrick Stadium, and the Portland Exposition Building, the second-oldest arena in continuous operation in the United States. In 2003, when the Sea Dogs affiliated with the Boston Red Sox, a replica Green monster, called the Maine Monster, was added to left field to match the original at the Red Sox' Fenway Park. A replica Citgo sign and Coke bottle were added as well to make the field look even more like Fenway Park.

In 2006, the tenant Sea Dogs were Eastern League champions. The left-field fence is 315 feet from home plate, the center field-fence is 400 feet, while the fence in right-field is 330 feet away. New video boards were added prior to the 2014 season.

Field of Dreams Day at Hadlock Field is always a special date on the Portland Sea Dogs schedule. It is celebrated on the first Sunday of September and is usually a sold out event, which features the team wearing 1926 Portland Eskimos uniforms. Much like the Hollywood film, with the cornfield set up in center field, the Sea Dogs players receive a loud standing ovation when they began to emerge through the stalks and ran onto the field for the Fan Appreciation Day Game.

References

Hadlock Field Wikipedia


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