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Coca-Cola Park is a 10,000-seat baseball park in Allentown, Pennsylvaniamarker, in the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvaniamarker, that hosted its first regular season baseball game on April 2008, as the tenants of the facility, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, lost to the Richmond Braves, 6-0.

Coca-Cola Park accommodates 10,000 fans, including auxiliary areas (Capital BlueCross Lawn and Dugout Suites), and cost $50.25 million to build. Naming rights to the stadium were awarded to Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of the Lehigh Valley on March 7, 2007.

Features

The stadium features the Majestic Clubhouse, which houses all team apparel. The Bud Light Trough is an area immediately behind the right field wall that provides patrons the opportunity to stand and socialize while still watching the game. The "pig" theme is used in the majority of concession stands and stores.The PPL Picnic Patio is an area immediately adjacent to left field that features buffet style food and can be booked for group outings. The club level of the stadium features an indoor concourse with access to the club level seats, the suites and the two THP Party Porches. The VIP Dugout Suites are situated immediately behind home plate and provide a unique viewing experience.

The stadium consists of 8,100 fold-down seats attached to a concrete skirt which also serves as a walkway around the entire stadium. The stadium maximum capacity is 10,000 (+1,900 for the grass section). There is one main scoreboard which is located at the 400' mark on the field. The scoreboard, which is the largest in all of the minor leagues, consists of a 22' LED screen as well as a 8'3" classic Coca-Cola bottle which also serves as a firework launcher when a run is scored. Coca-Cola Park has a wide variety of seating, including grass fields, picnic benches, fold-down seats, and standing room. The initial estimate of the IronPigs stadium was $48.4 million. Its final price tag of $50.25 million, just 4 percent over the estimate, makes the minor league field one of the more expensive in the U.S.

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View of Coca-Cola Park Allentown, PA from outdoor press box.
Members of the 2009 Scranton Yankees take BP before Opening Day, 2009 in Allentown.
Groundbreaking ceremonies for the new ballpark were held on September 6, 2006, and construction was completed in February 2008. Coca-Cola Park was built on land formerly owned by LSI Corporation. The field dimensions and wall heights are the same as Citizens Bank Parkmarker in Philadelphia, except left field is five feet deeper (334 feet to the foul pole compared to 329), center field is one foot shorter and the right field foul pole is five feet closer (325 feet in Allentown compared to 330 feet at Citizens Bank Park).

With its completion, Coca-Cola Park is Allentown's newest stadium, but it is not the city's largest. That distinction belongs to J.marker Birney Crum Stadiummarker, which has a seating capacity in excess of 15,000, and is the second largest outdoor high school stadium in Pennsylvania.

The layout of Coca-Cola Park is slightly different from most ballparks, as the main entrance is located on the right field line rather than the common location behind home plate. Fans with club seating tickets, however, do have a designated entrance behind home plate.

The park hosted its first major non-sporting event on July 14, 2009, with a concert headlined by Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp. More than 10,000 people attended the five-hour show, which was sold out. Following the event's success, Coca-Cola Park management indicated there was a good possibility other concerts would be held at the park in the future.

Seats and Pricing

Tickets for seats at Coca-Cola Park are much less expensive than those at major league ballparks. Club Level seats are $14.00 each, Field Level seats cost $9.00 each, and general admission (Capital BlueCross Lawn and standing room) are only $6.00 per ticket.

Location and transportation

The stadium is located on the east side of Allentown, near two buildings owned by LSI Corporation. The eastern segment of American Parkway provides access to the main entrance to the stadium. U.S. Route 22, one of the primary thoroughfares in the Lehigh Valley, serves outside visitors. Union Boulevard and Airport Road serve as local arterials to the stadium. Parking is available via several lots on-site; the cost is $3.

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