“If you build it, they will come.”
The line made famous in the Kevin Costner movie Field of Dreams, certainly rings true for downtown Columbus and Huntington Park.
It took 200 members of the Columbus/Central Ohio Building Trades 26-months to build a new $42 million ballpark and bring baseball to the state capital’s downtown entertainment district.
Journeymen and apprentices from 14 different trades constructed the award-winning stadium on time and under budget, bringing great value to this project.
Owned and operated by Franklin County, Huntington Park was built at a great value to taxpayers.
According to Baseballparks.com, the facility was built with mostly private funds, as the only public funding came from a grant through Ohio’s Cultural Arts Facility Fund.
Turner Construction Company was the general contractor on the project, which developed the vacant property that was formerly home to the Ohio State Penitentiary and a parking garage, into one of the jewels of the city’s Entertainment District.
The work performed on this stadium by the region’s highly-trained and highly-skilled building trade members was done safely, creating a ballpark to rival any other in the nation.
The craftsmanship displayed by trades members, combined with a great design by 360 Architecture, led Huntington Park to be named 2009 Ballpark of the Year by Baseballparks.com. The award is given to the new stadium with the best combination of superior design, attractive site selection and fan amenities.
Huntington Park, home of the Columbus Clippers, the triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, beat out all other new or significantly renovated baseball stadiums in America, including such Major League parks as the new Yankee Stadium and Citi Field.
The Columbus/Central Ohio Building Trades Council invites you to come on down to the ballpark and not only root on the Clippers, but to see the quality work their members performed when building the stadium.