|Location||One Morrie Silver Way|
Rochester, NY 14608
|Owner||Monroe County, NY|
|Operator||Rochester Community Baseball, Inc.|
|Field size||Left field: 335 feet (102 m)|
Center field: 402 feet (123 m)
Right field: 322 feet (98 m)
|Broke ground||November 16, 1994|
|Opened||July 11, 1996|
|Construction cost|| $35.3 million|
($56.4 million in 2018 dollars )
|Architect|| Ellerbe Becket |
|Project manager||Flaum Management Company|
|Structural engineer||Sear-Brown Group Inc.|
|General contractor||Christa Construction Corporation|
| 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.
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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. 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.
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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.
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|Events and tenants|
| Home of the Rochester Red Wings |
1997 – present
| Home of the Rochester Raging Rhinos |
1996 – 2005
| Home of the Rochester Rattlers |
2001 – 2002
Bishop Kearney Field