Sovereign Bank Stadium
Home of the 2010 & 2011 Atlantic League Champion York Revolution, member of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, owned and operated by Opening Day Partners.
SOVEREIGN BANK STADIUM FACT BOOK:
- Stadium Owners: York County Industrial Development Authority (20-year lease)
- Groundbreaking: September 29, 2006
- First game played: June 15, 2007
- Total Number of Seating Sections: 26
- Lawn Seating Capacity: 1,600
- Seating Bowl Capacity: 4,312
- Total Stadium Capacity: 7,312
- The Arch Nemesis: The tallest wall in baseball, standing at 37 feet and 8 inches tall.
- Manually Operated Scoreboard: Located on the left field wall
- Bud Light Picnic Pavilion: Located by the right field wall with a 600 person seating capacity
- MINI of Baltimore Skybox Level: 20 skyboxes, each at a 10-year lease
- Heritage Boxes: 12 total heritage boxes, owned on a three-year lease with eight seats each
- Rental Suites / Function Rooms: Five available for rental with a capacity of 300. (Keystone Room, Pennsylvania State Room, Tri-State Room, Piedmont Room and White Rose Hall)
- Concession Stands: Located on the first-base side behind sections 8-10, on the third-base side behind sections 16-18, in the Weis DownTown's Kids Playground.
- Brooks Robinson Plaza: York Revolution pays tribute to Brooks Robinson, one of the greatest icons in the history of baseball, through the plaza located at the entrance to the stadium. Before a 23-season career with the Baltimore Orioles, Robinson began his professional career as a York White Rose in the minors.
- Sovereign Bank ATM Machine: Conveniently located inside the stadium's main gate behind home plate, next to the press box.
- Dimensions: RF: 330'; CF 400'; LF 309'
- 1 Fully Functional Cannon with Cannonball Charlie as the operator
- 1 DownTown Playground, featuring a carousel, a jungle web, playground equipment and inflatables on special game days
BROOKS ROBINSON PLAZA
The York Revolution pays homage to Brooks Robinson, one of the greatest icons in the history of baseball, through not only the Brooks Robinson Plaza but also the address of Sovereign Bank Stadium, 5 Brooks Robinson Way.
The plaza connects the stadium’s main entrance with York’s downtown, and features a statue of Brooks, along with other commemorative plaques and information related to his 23-year career in professional baseball. Before Brooks became perhaps the most beloved Oriole of all-time, he started his career in the minors in York with the White Roses. This is just a sampling of what Brooks accomplished during his legendary career:
- Made his professional debut in 1955 at the age of 18 with the York White Roses; his contract was sold to the Baltimore Orioles later that season.
- On September 17, 1955, he made his Major League debut for the Orioles going 2-for-4 against the Washington Senators, while driving in a key run in the eighth inning.
- Hit 268 home runs and collected 1,357 RBI, with a career batting average of .267.
- Played in 2,896 games for the Orioles; seventh on the all-time list. For 15 years (1960 to 1974), Brooks played in 98% of Oriole games.
- Played in four World Series' and 15 consecutive All-Star games.
- Helped guide the Orioles to the World Series Championship in 1966 and 1970.
- Won a record 16 straight Gold Gloves from 1960 through 1975, earning the reputation as the finest defensive third baseman in the history of the game.
- Won the American League MVP award in 1964, finished second in the voting in 1966, and third in 1960 and 1965.
- Was selected as the MVP of the 1966 All Star game and 1970 World Series.
- Was selected as a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983, at the time entering as one of only 16 players to be so honored on the first ballot.
- Was named to the All-Century Team in 1999, which honored the best 25 players in baseball during the 20th century.
Robinson is also a partner in the York Revolution’s parent company, Opening Day Partners, making him a minority owner of the team.
The statue located in the Brooks Robinson Plaza was created by local artist Lorann Jacobs. Jacobs’ inspiration for the statue came from a Norman Rockwell painting entitled “Gee, Thanks Brooks” which features Robinson signing an autograph for a young fan. Jacobs, an avid fan of Norman Rockwell, became aware that Robinson purchased the original Rockwell painting and decided to model her statue after it. Jacobs and Opening Day Partners Chairman Peter Kirk, felt that the pose best demonstrated Brooks’ personality and character in addition to referencing his athletic prowess.
Last Updated on Friday, 30 November 2012 08:00