DuPage Medical Group Field

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DuPage Medical Group Field
Silver Cross Field.jpg
Front entrance
Former namesSilver Cross Field (2002–2017)
Joliet Route 66 Stadium (2017–2019)
LocationOne Mayor Art Schultz Drive
Joliet, Illinois
United States
CoordinatesCoordinates: 41°31′32.56″N 88°4′40.44″W / 41.5257111°N 88.0779000°W / 41.5257111; -88.0779000
OwnerCity of Joliet
OperatorJoliet Slammers
CapacityBaseball: 6,016
Field sizeLeft Field: 348 ft (106 m)
Center Field: 400 ft (120 m)
Right Field: 327 ft (100 m)
SurfaceArtificial Turf
Construction
Broke groundMarch 7, 2001
OpenedJune 6, 2002
Renovated2018
Construction costUS$27 million
ArchitectSink Combs Dethlefs
Tenants
Joliet Jackhammers (NoL) 2002–2010
Joliet Slammers (FL) 2011–present

DuPage Medical Group Field, formerly known as Silver Cross Field and Joliet Route 66 Stadium, is a baseball field located in Joliet, Illinois. The stadium was built in 2002 and holds 6,016 people. It is the home of the Joliet Slammers.

In December 2010, the Joliet Jackhammers were sold to Steel City Baseball LLC. As a result of the details of the sale, mainly pertaining to the non-payment of outstanding debts, the Joliet Jackhammers ceased operations. Steel City Baseball LLC renamed and rebranded the franchise as the Joliet Slammers, in theme of the old Joliet prison as well as a grand slam in the sport of baseball.

Stadium[edit]

DuPage Medical Group Field has two levels; the main level and a second level of suites. The main seating area runs from first to third base and there are about 20 rows. There is a general admission lawn area. There are no outfield seats, but there is a large picnic pavilion area beyond the left field wall. There is a concourse that goes completely around the field, but the concourse in right field is behind the fence and one cannot see the field from this area. After installation of artificial turf, the left field fence moved back 18 feet (5.5 m) to a distance of 348 feet (106 m). This was one of the main adjustments made in the facility's US$1.6 million 2018 improvement plan, along with mostly repairs to stadium infrastructure. Since the 2018 renovations, there has only been one soccer tournament held and no lacrosse matches to date. Joliet Slammers Vice President of Marketing and Sales John Wilson has stated that the reason for lack of expanded sporting use is the high demand for baseball to be played on the field.[1]

The ballpark's former name was Silver Cross Field, with the naming rights belonging to Silver Cross Hospital. In November 2017, the City of Joliet announced their plan for rename the facility Joliet Route 66 Stadium, which included a new facade showcasing the area's automotive history centered around U.S. Route 66.[2]


Ownership[edit]

The city of Joliet owns the land and stadium. The city splits the naming rights revenue with the Joliet Slammers.[3]

Events[edit]

DuPage Medical Group Field also plays host to the University of St. Francis baseball team as well as local high school baseball games and competitions. It is the site of the annual 3A and 4A IHSA State Final Baseball Tournament that happens every summer. The Joliet Slammers, being the primary tenant, rent out the field to any teams that would like to play in a professional stadium. The facility also hosts several youth baseball leagues in the area as well certain special events, such as the annual Joliet Police Department vs. Joliet Fire Department rivalry nicknamed "Guns and Hoses".

The facility was slated to play host to a rock concert named the Joliet Slammers Fest on August 10, 2019, but plans fell through when concerns about damaging the newly-installed artificial turf arose. Bands such as Everclear, Bowling for Soup, and Alien Ant Farm, among others, were slated to perform at what was supposed to be the first concert ever held at the stadium. Joliet Slammers management has remained verbally open to the possibility of hosting concert events in the future if proper safety measures can be taken to protect the turf surface. The facility also hosted a wedding in the summer of 2019. Joliet Slammers Director of Tournaments and Special Events Cori Herbert said he estimates that about 425 events were held at DuPage Medical Group Field in 2019 alone.[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hasman, E. (12 Aug. 2018). "DuPage Medical Group Field - Joliet Slammers." Stadium Journey.
  2. ^ "Joliet gives stadium a new name". The Herald-News. Retrieved November 8, 2017.
  3. ^ Okon, B. (4 Dec. 2019). "Joliet gets $51,000 from stadium naming rights deal." The Herald News.
  4. ^ Okon, B. (13 Aug. 2019). "Slammers get more use out of Joliet Stadium." The Herald News.
  5. ^ Okon, B. (30 July 2019). "Slammers Fest moved to Tinley Park." The Herald News.

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Events and tenants
Preceded by
Haymarket Park
Host of the NoL All-Star Game
Silver Cross Field

2004
Succeeded by
U.S. Steel Yard
Preceded by
Canwest Park
Host of the NoL All-Star Game
Silver Cross Field

2009
Succeeded by
Hi Corbett Field