Opened on April 15, 1999, Peoples Natural Gas Field is widely considered by fans, players, baseball executives and media as one of the finest minor league baseball facilities in America. Located just off Interstate 99 in Altoona, the ballpark features a beautiful brick exterior and the design is modeled after a railroad roundhouse to tie in the industry which helped found the city of Altoona, and is still very much present to this day. The inside of Peoples Natural Gas Field features just over 7,200 fixed seats between two levels. The double-deck layout of the seating section allows for expansive lower and upper concourses, giving fans plenty of space to walk around the ballpark without having to fight through a stationary crowd of people. The "Skyliner" roller coaster from neighboring Lakemont Park and the scenic Allegheny Mountains add to the overall beauty of Peoples Natural Gas Field.
Groundbreaking: March 7, 1998
First Game: April 15, 1999 vs. Bowie
The Curve defeated the Bowie Baysox 6-1 in front of 6,171 fans
Architects: L.D. Astorino Companies, Pittsburgh, PA
Contractor: Ralph J. Albarano & Sons, Duncansville, PA
Cubic Feet of Concrete: 270,000
Number of Bricks: 69,000
Width of Lower Concourse: 80 feet
Home Clubhouse Square Footage: 2,200
Visitor's Clubhouse Square Footage: 1,400
Indoor Batting Cage Square Footage: 5,000
Dugouts: 9' x 60'
Skybox Level Height (from field): 70'
Highest Point of the Ballpark (from field): 80'
Height of Light Poles (from field): 125'
Total Fixed Seats: 7,210
-- Diamond Club (100 Level): 1,634
-- Terrace Level (200 Level): 1,204
-- Grandstand Level (300 Level): 2,646
-- UPMC Health Plan Home Run Junction (OF Bleachers): 744
-- Third Base Picnic Pavilion: 250
-- "Rail Kings" (on Party Deck): 40
-- Skybox Seating: 292
-- First Base Bleachers: 400
Largest Regular-Season Crowd: 9,255 (August 10, 2003)
Largest Crowd: 10,116 (March 30, 2013)
Luxury Skyboxes: 21
Party Deck: Left field
Picnic Pavilion: Left field
UPMC Health Plan Home Run Junction: Left field
OF Fence Height: 8'
LF Corner Fence Height: 16'
LF Fence Height (in front of OF Reserved Bleachers): 5'
CF Fence Height: 16'
Curve Dugout: First Base Side
Visitor's Dugout: Third Base Side
Curve Bullpen: RF Line
Visiting Bullpen: LF Line
Backstop Area: Everything behind the plate is live. The cables holding the net behind home plate are dead.
Dugout Areas: A player may lean over the dugout railing to make a catch but may not step down onto the dugout step. Anything in the photo wells at the end of the dugouts is dead. The runners will advance at the umpire’s discretion.
Outfield Area: Anything over the yellow line on the outfield fence or the batter’s eye is a home run. The tarp may be leaned on but a player may not elevate himself onto the tarp. Everything in the bullpen is live unless the ball gets lodged. In this case, the player should raise his hands.
Left Field: Any ball that hits the top of the fence and bounces over is a home run. Any ball that hits the tall wall below the yellow line and bounces into the bleachers results in a ground-rule double.
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