If you are a fan of baseball visiting Greenville, SC, you must watch a glorious game at the new Fluor Field at the West End Stadium. This arena is home to the Greenville Drive, which is an A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. This could be your chance of catching a home run in one of the newest and most modern replicas of Fenway Park in the US.
Here are some interesting facts about the Fluor Field at the West End Stadium that will make you stop for a visit even when it isn’t a match day!
Arena History and Features
Construction of the West EndField stadium started at the end of May 2005, and it opened its gates for the first game ever in less than a year, on April 6, 2006. Since then it hosted five editions of the Southern Conference Baseball Tournament (2009, 2012 and 2013, 2016, and 2017), and it will continue to do so until the end of the decade.
The stadium has a maximum capacity of 6,700 seats, but the largest audience ever recorded at a baseball game was of 7,460 people on March 4, 2017, at the match between Clemson Tigers and the South Carolina Gamecocks. The largest season attendance was recorded in 2012, and it numbered over 350,000 people.
In 2007, the arena benefitted from a partial renovation process that was partly funded by the Greenville Drive, and which saw the inclusion of a large display honoring the local players with outstanding achievements. The next year, the stadium took the name of Fluor Field at the West End after the Fluor Corporation, which is a major local company.
Affiliation to the Boston Red Sox
If you are a Red Sox fan, you will feel at home at the Fluor Field at the West End. The stadium is a nearly same size replica of the Fenway Park arena, which is the home of the Red Sox. It even has a 30-foot “Green Monster” wall that is just 7 feet shorter than the original one in Boston.
The Fluor Field at the West End pays homage to the Red Sox stadium by including Pesky’s Pole in the right field area and playing Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” during the ninth inning.
Notable dates at the Fluor Field at the West End
May 28, 2005 – Construction begins through a ceremonial groundbreaking on what once was a lumber yard.
April 6, 2006 – The Greenville Drive play their first home game ever winning 6-1 against the Columbus Catfish.
May16, 2006 – The first collegiate baseball game takes place at the West End between the Furman University Paladins and the University of South Carolina Gamecocks. The latter triumphed over the Paladins 16-11.
March 29, 2007 – Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino opens the game between the Greenville Drive and the Columbus Catfish with a ceremonial first pitch.
February 26, 2008 – The Greenville Drive reaches an agreement for a long-term partnership with the Fluor Corporation. The local employer’s name is added to the stadium, thus becoming The Fluor Field at the West End.