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Fifth Third Field is the name of a minor league baseball stadium in Toledo, Ohiomarker. The Ohio-based Fifth Third Bank purchased the naming rights to the stadium. It is not to be confused with another stadium in Ohio with the same name, Fifth Third Fieldmarker in Daytonmarker. Fifth Third Bank also owns the naming rights to another stadiummarker in Comstock Parkmarker, Michiganmarker, near Grand Rapidsmarker, and a basketball arenamarker on the campus of the University of Cincinnatimarker.

The facility is home to the Toledo Mud Hens, an International League team and the Triple-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. It seats 10,300 and opened in 2002. Fifth Third Field hosted the 2006 Triple-A All-Star Game and home run derby. The stadium was named one of the best minor league ballparks in America by Newsweek. In the summer of 2007, ESPN.com rated The Roost section of Fifth Third Field as the best seats to watch a game in minor league baseball.

Location

It is located in downtown Toledo, two blocks from the Maumee River. The new stadium replaced Ned Skeldon Stadiummarker, located in suburban Maumeemarker, as the Mud Hens home — the older facility being best described as "quaint" or "rustic". The park was intended to boost development downtown, and indeed a small commercial area has sprung up around the park, centered on St. Clair Street, on the park's southeast side.

The street address is 406 Washington Street. The park is bounded by Washington Street (southwest, first base); North Huron Street (northwest, third base); Monroe Street/Henry Morse Way (northeast, left field); and Msgr. Jerome Schmidt Way/North St. Clair Street (southeast, right field).

Scoreboards

In 2009, the Mud Hens installed brand new Daktronics ribbon scoreboards along the first base and third base sides of the ballpark. They are in full color and can display a variety of graphics, stats, and the game score. Also, the Hens replaced their Fair Play Scoreboards scoreboard and Barco video board with a huge Daktronics video board display in left field which is in full color and is a complete matrix board that shows the line score of the game. It is also zoned on the top 70% where it shows the current batter, animations, games, replays, and more.

The new Daktronics video board also replaced the Fair Play message board below the old Fair Play scoreboard.

References

Notes
  1. Mark Starr. Newsweek: "Cheat Sheet | Minor-League Baseball". Aug 5, 2002.
  2. Josh Pahigian. ESPN: "The Best of the Minor Leagues". May 10, 2008.


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