Arvest Ballpark

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Arvest Ballpark
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Location3000 South 56th Street
Springdale, Arkansas, 72762
Coordinates 36°9′33″N94°11′42″W / 36.15917°N 94.19500°W / 36.15917; -94.19500
Owner City of Springdale
Operator Rich Baseball Operations
Capacity 7,305 (5,353 fixed seats) [1]
Field sizeLeft Field: 325 feet (99 m)
Center Field: 400 feet (122 m)
Right Field: 325 feet (99 m)
SurfacePatriot bermuda overseeded with rye
Broke groundFebruary 28, 2007
OpenedApril 10, 2008
Construction cost$50 million
($58.2 million in 2018 dollars [2] )
Structural engineer Thornton Tomasetti [3]
Services engineerHenderson Engineers [4]
General contractorCrossland Construction [5]
Main contractorsJohn McBride Construction Company Inc. [1]
Northwest Arkansas Naturals (TL) (2008–present)

Arvest Ballpark is a stadium in Springdale, Arkansas. It is primarily used for baseball, as the home of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals of the Texas League. The ballpark has a capacity of 7,305 people and opened in 2008. Arvest Ballpark was designed by the Kansas City architecture firm Populous. [6] Arvest Ballpark was named the 2008 Ballpark of the year by [7]

Springdale, Arkansas City in Arkansas, United States

Springdale is the fourth-largest city in Arkansas, United States. It is located in both Washington and Benton counties in Northwest Arkansas. Located on the Springfield Plateau deep in the Ozark Mountains, Springdale has long been an important industrial city for the region. In addition to several trucking companies, the city is home to the world headquarters of Tyson Foods, the world's largest meat producing company. Originally named Shiloh, the city changed its name to Springdale when applying for a post office in 1872. The four-county Northwest Arkansas Metropolitan Statistical Area is ranked 109th in terms of population in the United States with 463,204 in 2010 according to the United States Census Bureau. The city had a population of 69,797 at the 2010 Census.

Baseball Sport

Baseball is a bat-and-ball game played between two opposing teams who take turns batting and fielding. The game proceeds when a player on the fielding team, called the pitcher, throws a ball which a player on the batting team tries to hit with a bat. The objectives of the offensive team are to hit the ball into the field of play, and to run the bases—having its runners advance counter-clockwise around four bases to score what are called "runs". The objective of the defensive team is to prevent batters from becoming runners, and to prevent runners' advance around the bases. A run is scored when a runner legally advances around the bases in order and touches home plate. The team that scores the most runs by the end of the game is the winner.

The Northwest Arkansas Naturals are a Minor League Baseball (MiLB) team based in Springdale, Arkansas. The team is member of the Texas League, and serves as the Double-A affiliate to the Kansas City Royals. They relocated to Springdale from Wichita, Kansas, in 2008. They were previously known as the Wichita Wranglers. The team also had previous incarnations as the Amarillo Gold Sox and Beaumont Golden Gators.



Springdale's Mayor Jerre M. Van Hoose and the head of the Chamber of Commerce, Perry Webb, knew what it would take to bring the affiliated Minor Leagues to the area. Not only would they have to find a team willing to move, they would also need to provide them with a better facility than what they would be leaving behind. A referendum was held on July 11, 2006, where local voters approved by a narrow margin the continuation of a 1% sales tax to fund the ballpark. [7]

Ground for the ballpark was broken on February 27, 2007. Construction was performed by Crossland Construction and completed in April 2008. On September 10, 2007, a naming rights deal was reach with Arvest Bank Group, Inc. of nearby Bentonville, [8] and the new ballpark's official name was introduced as Arvest Ballpark on October 5, 2007. [9]

Arvest Bank American financial company

Arvest Bank is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas, with branches in Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri. Beginning with Benton County's first automatic teller machine (ATM) in 1976 and the launch of an Internet banking web site in 1998, Arvest Bank has been modernizing its services. Arvest Bank's Chairman of the Board is Jim Walton, son of Sam Walton, founder of Walmart.

Bentonville, Arkansas City in Arkansas, United States

Bentonville is the ninth-largest city in Arkansas, United States and the county seat of Benton County. The city is centrally located in the county with Rogers adjacent to the east. The city is the birthplace and world headquarters of Walmart, the world's largest retailer. It is one of the four main cities in the four-county Northwest Arkansas Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is ranked 109th in terms of population in the United States with 463,204 residents in 2010, according to the United States Census Bureau. The city itself had a population of 35,301 at the 2010 Census, with an estimated population of 49,298 in 2017.

The first game played at Arvest Ballpark was the 2008 opening day game between the Naturals and the San Antonio Missions on April 10, 2008. The Naturals lost 7-1 in front of a sellout crowd of 7,820. [10]


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