Huntington Park Named Best Ballpark In U.S.


UPDATED: Wednesday August 12, 2009 4:52 PM

Huntington Park on Wednesday was named the Ballpark of the Year by a sports-related Web site.

The honor, by BaseballParks.com, is presented to the new baseball stadium with the best combination of superior design, attractive site selection and fan amenities. The award will be presented in a ceremony prior to the Clippers' home game on Sept. 6.

The competition included three new spring-training parks, two Major League Baseball (both in New York) and five minor league ballparks.  Joining the list were the extensively renovated stadiums in Kansas City and Visalia, Calif.

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"When you consider that the Mets' and Yankees' new parks were eligible and over $2 billion were spent building those two, then it's an understatement to say that there was stiff competition this season," said Joe Mock, the site's webmaster.

"To receive this award in a year when there were no less than a dozen new facilities brought on-line, and two of them major league facilities at that, is rather overwhelming and humbling," said Ken Schnacke, the Clippers' president and general manager.  "This award is a tribute to all the outstanding partners who were a part of our design and construction team; and it was the complete cooperation of this team and our entire community that made our vision become a reality."

The Clippers' average crowd of 9,487 per home date easily leads all of Minor League Baseball, as 531,312 have poured through the turnstiles heading into the last 14 home games of the season.

Past winners include AT&T Park in San Francisco, Pittsburgh's PNC Park, Petco Park in San Diego and last year's winner, Arvest Ballpark, home of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals.

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