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City Island Ball Park

"Jackie Robinson Stadium" redirects here. For the UCLA baseball stadium, see Jackie Robinson Stadium (UCLA baseball).
Jackie Robinson Ballpark
Facility Statistics
Location105 East Orange Avenue
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Former namesDaytona City Island Ballpark
1914-1988
NicknameThe Jack
Broke GroundSpring 1914
OpenedJune 4, 1914
Renovated1930, 1951, 1962, 1973, 1999
OwnerCity of Daytona Beach
OperatorBig Game Florida, LLC.
SurfaceGrass
ArchitectFuquay & Gheen, Inc.
Tenants
Daytona Beach Islanders I (FSL)1920-1925
St. Louis Cardinals (Spring Training)1925-1937
Daytona Beach Islanders II (FSL)1936-1941
Daytona Beach Islanders III (FSL)1946-1966
Brooklyn Dodgers (Spring Training)1947
Baltimore Orioles (Spring Training)1955
Daytona Beach Dodgers (FSL)1968-1973
Montreal Expos (Spring Training)1973-1980
Daytona Beach Islanders IV (FSL)1977
Daytona Beach Astros (FSL)1978-1984
Daytona Beach Admirals (FSL)1987
Daytona Cubs (FSL)1993–Present
Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (NCAA)1993–Present
Seating Capacity
20124,200
Current Dimensions
Left field 315 ft
Left center 385 ft
Center field 400 ft
Right cemter 385 ft
Right field 325 ft
Jackie Robinson Ballpark
Entrance to Jackie Robinson Ballpark
Jackie Robinson Ballpark
Location Daytona Beach, Florida  United States
Coordinates

29°12′34″N 81°1′0″W / 29.20944°N 81.01667°W / 29.20944; -81.01667Coordinates: 29°12′34″N 81°1′0″W / 29.20944°N 81.01667°W / 29.20944; -81.01667

Built 1914 (ball field)
1929 (grandstand)
MPS Daytona Beach Multiple Property Submission
NRHP Reference # 98001253[1]
Added to NRHP October 22, 1998

The Jackie Robinson Ballpark (also known as Jackie Robinson Stadium or City Island Ball Park) is a historic baseball field in Daytona Beach, Florida, United States. It is located at 105 East Orange Avenue on City Island, in the Halifax River.

Overview

The ballpark, originally known as City Island Ball Park, opened in 1914. It consisted of a baseball field and a set of wooden bleachers. The present day grandstand and press box were built in 1962.[2] It is the home of the Daytona Cubs and the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats. The Daytona Cubs were founded in 1993. They have won six Florida State League championships, 1994, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2011, and 2013.

The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats have also achieved recent success, including six consecutive Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) baseball championships from 1999–2004, and seven more in 2006-2012.

History

One reason the stadium is named for Jackie Robinson is the fact that Daytona Beach was the first Florida city to allow Robinson to play during the 1946 season's spring training. Robinson was playing for the Triple-A Montreal Royals, who were in Florida to play an exhibition game against their parent club, the Brooklyn Dodgers. Both Jacksonville and Sanford refused to allow the game due to segregation laws. Daytona Beach permitted the game, which was played on March 17, 1946. This contributed to Robinson breaking the Major Leagues' color barrier the following year when he joined the Dodgers. The refusal by Jacksonville, previously the Dodgers' spring training home, led the team to host spring training in Daytona in 1947 and build Dodgertown in Vero Beach for the 1948 season. A statue of Robinson is now located at the south entrance to the ballpark.

The ballpark was previously the home field of the Daytona Beach Islanders (1920–24, 1936–41, 1946–66, 1977), Daytona Beach Dodgers (1968–73), and Daytona Beach Astros (1978–84). The major league Montreal Expos conducted their spring training at the park from 1973-80.

On October 22, 1998, the stadium was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. This property is part of the Daytona Beach Multiple Property Submission, a Multiple Property Submission to the National Register.

The stadium sustained heavy damage during Hurricane Donna in 1960. A $2 million historic renovation project was accelerated after Hurricane Floyd ripped off the metal roofs over the seating in 1999. In 2004, the ballpark suffered moderate damage during Hurricane Charley, causing several home games to be moved to Melching Field at Conrad Park in nearby Deland.

See also

  • List of NCAA Division I baseball venues

References

External links

  • Volusia County listings at nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com
  • Jackie Robinson Ballpark from the Daytona Cubs website
  • Florida's Office of Cultural and Historical Programs
    • Jackie Robinson Ball Park
    • Famous Floridians of Daytona Beach
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