TheBaseballPage.com

Appalachian Power Park

Appalachian Power Park is the current home field for the West Virginia Power, a minor league baseball team in the South Atlantic League which are a Class A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. It also serves as one of two home fields for the baseball programs of both Marshall University and the University of Charleston. The stadium, which opened in April 2005, is located in the East End of Charleston, West Virginia, just outside the city's downtown in the east end. It seats 6,200 fans and cost 23 million dollars to build. The dimensions of the field are as follows: left field - 330 feet, center field - 400 feet, right field - 320 feet.


Additionally, the park hosts the West Virginia state high school baseball championships. It is also the home field for Marshall conference games, because the school does not have an adequate baseball facility on its campus located 50 miles (80 km) away in Huntington, West Virginia. It plays its non-conference games on campus. The stadium has also hosted concerts, boxing matches, and shown television coverage of college football games on its scoreboard. In 2009 West Virginia University's baseball team played a somewhat well-attended game with the University of Kentucky Wildcats and a single WVU game in Charleston is planned for future seasons as well.

 

The naming rights were purchased by Appalachian Power, the West Virginia and southwest Virginia operating unit of American Electric Power.
In the ballpark's inaugural season, a Charleston baseball record 10,400 fans showed up on "Buck Night", which is a promotional night held on Thursdays where hot dogs, fountain drinks, and beer is $1.

Stadium features
The ballpark features an authentic locomotive horn donated by Norfolk Southern Corporation, whose tracks run adjacent to the park, coincidentally continuing the atmosphere of predecessor Watt Powell Park. The horn was refurbished in 2005 by employees of Norfolk Southern's Juniata Locomotive Shop in Juniata, Pennsylvania at the request of Assistant Division Superintendent Joe Maynard of Williamson, West Virginia.


One unique feature of the park is an electrical outlet located in the backstop behind home plate. This was added to accommodate local politician Rod Blackstone, nicknamed the "Toast Man," who has become one of the most famous fans in minor league baseball. Blackstone brings numerous signs to urge the team on, and regularly leads the crowd in family-friendly cheers. He is most famous for bringing bread and a toaster to games, which he had done for years for the Power's predecessors. When a Power pitcher strikes out a batter, he yells "You are toast!" and then tosses slices of fresh (and not-so-fresh) toast into the seats around him.


The section behind the opposing team dugout is known as "Rowdy Alley" where Billy Bob and the Rowdys deliver family-friendly, good-natured heckles to the opposing team players and coaches as well to the umpires when they make bad calls. Billy Bob and Rowdy Alley are carryovers from Watt Powell Park and they have been razzing the opposing team since the early Charleston Alley Cats days. A night doesn't go by without hearing what can only be described as a Billy Bob Cackle when an opposing player strikes out. Choruses of "DIRT BALL!" and "BORING!" (sometimes in both English AND Spanish) pepper the opposing pitchers, and opposing coaches who dare venture onto the field are met with "LEFT-RIGHT-LEFT-RIGHT" all the way to the mound and back. The Rowdys are also known for their use of props to amuse the fans: duck-shaped umbrellas pop-up with loud calls of "DUCK!" when foul balls ricochet overhead, costume accessories, and noise-makers are abundant.


The stadium features a seasonal and special events restaurant called the "Power Alley Bar and Grill" that features food, indoor and outside seating, a full size bar, and pictures and memorabilia from Watt Powell Park and famous former players.


In 2007, a party deck was built near the right field foul pole that can accommodate 250 people. An upgrade to a normal game ticket can be purchased for $25, allowing access to the Party Deck, which features all-you-can-eat hot dogs, nachos and other "baseball food," as well as unlimited drinks.

Naming rights for the party deck were recently acquired by Anheuser-Busch. In the 2008 and 2009 seasons, this area was known as the "Landshark Lagoon" but has since been renamed the "Budweiser Party Deck."


Also in 2007, the Charleston Baseball Wall of Fame made its debut, located behind the home plate press box. "Wheeler" Bob (longtime Wheelers/Alley Cats/Power program & souvenir merchant), Rod "Toast Man" Blackstone, and Dave Parker are just three of the few who've had the honor of being inducted onto the Wall.


In 2008, parts of The World's Strongest Man competition were held at the stadium.
In 2009, the South Atlantic League's 50th All-Star game was held at the stadium along with a home run derby, won by Calvin Anderson, and a fan fest.

More From Around the Web

This day in baseball history

October 02

  • 2009

    B.J. Upton is the first player in Tampa Bay history to hit f ...

  • 2004

    The Montreal Expos earn the last win in the franchise's hist ...

  • 1978

    Bucky Dent's unlikely home run helps the New York Yankees de ...

More Baseball History
 
Tagged:
Anheuser-Busch, Appalachian Power Park, Charleston Alley Cats, Charleston Baseball Wall of Fame, Minor League Parks, Pittsburgh Pirates, South Atlantic League, Watt Powell Park, West Virginia Power

Comments

  • Berman923 said: I am really enjoying reading your well written articles. It looks like you spend a lot of effort and time on your blog. I have bookmarked it and I am looking forward to reading new articles. https://archive.org/details/TedsWoodworking_2014 9:43AM 09/30/14
  • Bill179 said: Thank you for sharing this wonderful article! I have never seen anything like that before so I really appreciate that. https://archive.org/details/PregnancyMiracleBookByLisaOlson_2014 7:48AM 09/26/14
  • Berman923 said: I enjoyed reading your post and found it to be informative and to the topic. Thank you for not rambling on and on just to fill the page. Thanks https://sites.google.com/site/superiorsingingmethodreviewd/ 8:04AM 09/24/14
  • Berman923 said: Excellently written article, if only all bloggers offered the same level of content as you, the internet would be a much better place. http://whatmensecretlywantbauer.weebly.com/ 8:17AM 09/09/14
  • comment said: I would also motivate just about every person to save this web page for any favorite assistance to assist posted the appearance. payday loan debt consolidation 5:31AM 09/06/14
  • Commenterman said: Well, I can say that I'm still dealing with the consequences of having to shoot my commanding officer (in the fifth season). It's just another confirmed kill to add to Terry's list. casino Guide 4:27AM 09/06/14
  • alax5 said: I found your this post while searching for information about blog-related research ... It's a good post .. keep posting and updating information. best way for a 23 year old female to lose weight 6:11AM 09/03/14
  • Berman923 said: I am looking forward for more important thoughts and more blogs. http://theyeastinfectionnomore.weebly.com/ 7:35AM 09/02/14
  • alax5 said: i am always looking for some free stuffs over the internet. there are also some companies which gives free samples. robert ford winning the one video reviews 8:08AM 08/31/14
  • davidhassuy said: Appalachian Power Park is one of my favourite park of all time, this information that you have shared with us is very valuable for me thanks. please check some daires products | electronics products | frozen item products over here. 1:04AM 08/22/14
  • Bill179 said: We are really grateful for your blog post. You will find a lot of approaches after visiting your post. Great work. https://archive.org/details/ZetaclearReviews 7:52AM 08/20/14
  • elizabeth123 said: Pretty beneficial article this is for me personally. I just took all the info from this article and totally used that in my new venture program. Thanks for the info! GTA 2:04AM 08/18/14
  • elizabeth123 said: I'm really happy to find this site and did enjoy reading useful articles posted here. The ideas of the author was awesome, thanks for the share.. chewy tubes india 1:56AM 08/18/14
  • elizabeth123 said: I really like the dear information you offer in your articles. I'm able to bookmark your site and show the kids check out up here generally. Im fairly positive theyre likely to be informed a great deal of new stuff here than anyone else. how to spy on mobile 1:48AM 08/18/14
  • elizabeth123 said: What a really awesome post this is. Truly, one of the best posts I've ever witnessed to see in my whole life. Wow, just keep it up. best Investment planning services available in India 1:43AM 08/18/14
  • Commenterman said: Having read this I believed it was rather informative. I appreciate you spending some time and energy to put this article together. I once again find myself personally spending a lot of time both reading and commenting. But so what, it was still worthwhile! lakewood co garage doors 7:28AM 08/16/14
  • Commenterman said: Includes a collection of Matt Traverso Overcome Your Diabetes Today reviews, PDF download information, and tips for lowering blood sugar and curing diabetes from around the web lakewood co garage doors 7:25AM 08/16/14
  • Commenterman said: The other strikingly abnormal characteristic of the kwan-li-so system is that prisoners are not arrested, charged (that is, told of their offense), or tried in any sort judicial procedure, where they would have a chance to confront their accusers or offer a defense with or even without benefit of legal counsel arvada co garage doors 7:21AM 08/16/14
  • Commenterman said: Trouble Spot Training review, ebook FAQ, and PDF download guide that provides an insider's look at the program and answers frequently asked questions about Bruce Krahn's unique and highly popular body transformation guide payday loan debt consolidation 4:01AM 08/15/14
  • Berman923 said: Thanks for this tips Insidehigered.com, i really appreciate them https://archive.org/details/PregnancyMiracleBookLisaOlson 8:14AM 07/30/14
  • Kate11 said: You guys do a great blog, and have some great contents. Keep up the good work. http://www.dietmythsandfacts.com/2013/10/old-school-new-body-user-reviews.html 9:43AM 07/16/14
  • Bill179 said: Thank you for sharing this wonderful article! I have never seen anything like that before so I really appreciate that. I hope to see more great articles here in the future too so keep it up and good luck to all of you! https://www.facebook.com/customizedfatlossreviewleon 1:43PM 07/15/14
  • albinamuro2 said: Do you’ve any? Kindly allow me recognize in order that I may subscribe. Thanks. camerea lense 5:35AM 07/15/14
  • albinamuro2 said: Thanks very much for this great article;this is the stuff that keeps me going through out these day. Salesforce Consultant 5:33AM 07/15/14
  • albinamuro2 said: My friend mentioned to me your blog, so I thought I’d read it for myself. Very interesting insights, will be back for more! internet 5:27AM 07/15/14
  • albinamuro2 said: What a great blog, thank you for letting me comment on it. how to get rid of chin fat 5:15AM 07/15/14
  • Berman923 said: This is my first time i visit here. https://www.facebook.com/PregnancyMiracleBookLisaOlson 7:39AM 07/10/14
  • goodboy said: wow, great, I was wondering how to cure acne naturally. and found your site by google, learned a lot, now i’m a bit clear. I’ve bookmark your site and also add rss. keep us updated. about our company 3:26AM 07/10/14
  • goodboy said: Well Really Feel nice to me when i land on this Page , since i am collecting info on this topic from long the web site 3:11AM 07/10/14
  • goodboy said: Easily, the article is actually the best topic on this registry related issue. I fit in with your conclusions and will eagerly look forward to your next updates. Just saying thanks will not just be sufficient, for the fantasti c lucidity in your writing. I will instantly grab your rss feed to stay informed of any updates. landloptical 2:54AM 06/23/14
Login or register to post comments

Share US

Share |

Today's Poll

Will Red Sox Repeat in 2014: