Frontier Field

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LocationOne Morrie Silver Way
Rochester, NY 14608
Coordinates 43°9′29.76″N77°37′11.26″W / 43.1582667°N 77.6197944°W / 43.1582667; -77.6197944 Coordinates: 43°9′29.76″N77°37′11.26″W / 43.1582667°N 77.6197944°W / 43.1582667; -77.6197944
Owner Monroe County, NY
Operator Rochester Community Baseball, Inc.
Capacity 13,500
Field sizeLeft field: 335 feet (102 m)
Center field: 402 feet (123 m)
Right field: 322 feet (98 m)
Broke groundNovember 16, 1994 [1]
OpenedJuly 11, 1996
Construction cost $35.3 million
($56.4 million in 2018 dollars [2] )
Architect Ellerbe Becket
Bergmann Associates
Project managerFlaum Management Company [3]
Structural engineer Sear-Brown Group Inc. [3]
General contractorChrista Construction Corporation [3]
Rochester Raging Rhinos (USL-1) (1996–2005)
Rochester Red Wings (IL) (1997–present)
Rochester Rattlers (MLL) (2001–2002)
Empire State Yankees (IL) (2012)

Frontier Field is a baseball stadium located at One Morrie Silver Way in downtown Rochester, New York. It has been the home of the Rochester Red Wings of the International League since 1997. The park opened in 1996, replacing Silver Stadium in northern Rochester, which had been home to professional baseball in Rochester since 1929. Although the stadium was built for baseball, Frontier Field has had several tenants in numerous sports, including the Rochester Raging Rhinos of the United Soccer Leagues from 1996 to 2005, and the Rochester Rattlers of Major League Lacrosse from 2001 to 2002. The ballpark seats 10,840 spectators for baseball. [4]

Baseball Sport

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Stadium place or venue for (mostly) outdoor sports, concerts, or other events

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Rochester-based telecommunications company Frontier has held the naming rights to the ballpark since its opening in 1996. Frontier Field hosted the Triple-A All-Star Game on July 12, 2000.

Frontier Communications American telecommunication company

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Ground was broken on Frontier Field in November 1994. The stadium, designed by Ellerbe Becket, opened on July 11, 1996. Although Frontier Field was always intended to be primarily a baseball facility, it was constructed to be able to accommodate the Rochester Rhinos soccer team as well. The Red Wings moved from Silver Stadium to Frontier Field at the conclusion of the 1996 International League season.

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Rochester Rhinos American soccer team

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Frontier Field, including the Rochester skyline to the southeast. Frontier Field 2.jpg
Frontier Field, including the Rochester skyline to the southeast.

The first event at Frontier Field was a concert by The Beach Boys on July 11, 1996. [5] The facility also hosted the 1996 Drum Corps Associates World Championships on August 31, 1996. [6] The first sporting event was contested the following night as the Rochester Raging Rhinos played the Montreal Impact in an American Professional Soccer League (original A-League) regular season match. Rochester won 3–2 in front of an A-League record 14,717 fans. [7] The first baseball game at the stadium was the 1997 Rochester Red Wings home opener against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons on April 11, 1997. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre won 8–5. [5]

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The Rochester Rattlers of Major League Lacrosse played at Frontier from 2001 to 2002, when the team moved to Bishop Kearney High School. They moved again to then-PAETEC Park in 2006. The Rhinos played briefly at the University of Rochester's Fauver Stadium before moving to Frontier Field during their inaugural 1996 season. The Rhinos played at Frontier until 2005, when the team moved to the soccer-specific PAETEC Park (now Marina Auto Stadium) three blocks northwest of Frontier Field.

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After the Rhinos left Frontier Field for PAETEC Park in 2005, the Rochester Red Wings became the sole full-time tenant at Frontier Field. As a result, the Wings made upgrades to the park to make the stadium a better baseball facility. The first notable upgrade, the installation of a new 24-foot (7.3 m) by 32-foot (9.8 m) video scoreboard in left field, was completed in time for the 2010 season. Originally, a new grass turf was to be installed following the 2006 season to replace the grass that has been beat up over the years from extensive use in baseball, soccer, and lacrosse. [8] No such replacement was made for 2007, but work commenced following that season and a new grass surface with an improved drainage system was installed prior to the 2008 season. [9]

The Rochester Red Wings are a professional Minor League Baseball team based in Rochester, New York. The team plays in the International League and is the top minor league affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. The Red Wings play their home games in Frontier Field, located in downtown Rochester. Founded in 1899, it is the oldest continuously operating sports franchise in North America below the major league level.

Faced with a requirement of major renovations to PNC Field, New York Yankees AAA affiliate the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees chose to temporarily relocate their operations to Frontier Field for 2012 to allow renovations to their stadium to be completed in one season rather than being spread over two to three years. The team played half its games at Frontier Field sharing the stadium with the Red Wings. [10] [11] While based in Rochester the team was branded as the Empire State Yankees.

Naming rights to the stadium were purchased by Frontier, the primary telephone company in Rochester, for $3.5 million over 20 years in 1996. [9] In December 2015 agreement was reached to maintain the name for a further ten years. [12]


Top: Summertime Red Wings Baseball, Bottom: Wintertime RIT Tigers men's ice hockey during the 2013 Frozen Frontier event Frontier Field Summer Winter.jpg
Top: Summertime Red Wings Baseball, Bottom: Wintertime RIT Tigers men's ice hockey during the 2013 Frozen Frontier event

Frontier Field hosted the Triple-A All-Star Game on July 12, 2000, with a sellout crowd of 12,810 on hand. [13] The Pacific Coast League All-Stars defeated the International League All-Stars, 8–2. Rochester's Javier De La Hoya was selected as the IL MVP and Pitcher of the Game. [14]

On July 10, 2005 Bryan Adams and Def Leppard held a concert at Frontier. The stadium is the annual site of PXY Summer Jam.

In December 2013, the stadium was the host of Frozen Frontier, an outdoor hockey event. A sheet of ice was set up on the field and the Rochester Americans played the Lake Erie Monsters in an American Hockey League game. There were also collegiate and high school games. [15]

Attendance records

On May 6, 2012, a regular season record crowd of 13,584 fans were in attendance to witness Andy Pettitte make a start for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees against the Pawtucket Red Sox. The game was originally supposed to be played at Dwyer Stadium in Batavia but was moved due to a high demand of tickets. [16]

On May 18, 2013, the Pepsi Max Field of Dreams Game saw a crowd of 13,718. Local resident Johnny Perotti and his family played alongside players including Frank Thomas, Rickey Henderson, Johnny Bench, Mike Schmidt, Ozzie Smith, Reggie Jackson, and others.

The largest crowd to witness a baseball game at the stadium was when the Red Wings faced their then parent organization, the Baltimore Orioles, in an exhibition game attended by 13,723 people on July 10, 1997. [17]


Frontier Field has also hosted soccer matches, including those for the United States national women's soccer team and the National Women's Soccer League.

With the creation of soccer specific Capelli Sport Stadium a few blocks over, the U.S Women's Soccer Team started playing friendlies there instead of Frontier.

The first professional club soccer game to be played at Frontier Field was a National Women's Soccer League fixture between the Western New York Flash and Seattle Reign FC on July 9, 2016, which had been moved from Capelli Sport Stadium. The selection of Frontier Field, and the decision to use an undersized, 58-yard-wide (53 m) field (under the 70-yard (64 m) minimum width set by the league), was heavily criticized by soccer players and coaches. [18] [19]

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Events and tenants
Preceded by
Silver Stadium
Home of the Rochester Red Wings
1997 present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Fauver Stadium
Home of the Rochester Raging Rhinos
1996 2005
Succeeded by
Preceded by
first ballpark
Home of the Rochester Rattlers
2001 2002
Succeeded by
Bishop Kearney Field