E. J. Block Athletic Field

Infobox Stadium
stadium_name = E.J. Block Athletic Field


location = East Chicago, Indiana
broke_ground = 1941
owner = East Chicago
operator = East Chicago Parks Department
opened = May 25 1942
construction_cost = unknown
architect = Inland Steel Company
tenants = Conquistadors (MAL) 1995
Crimson Wave (CCAC) ?-present
[http://www.eccardinalbaseball.com EC Central Cardinals] , 1987-present
EC Post 266, ?-1993
EC Post 369, ?-present
seating_capacity = Baseball: 3,500
dimensions = Left field - 360 ft
Center Field - 385 ft
Right field - 320 ft|

E.J. Block Athletic Field is a stadium in East Chicago, Indiana. It is primarily used for baseball, and is the home field for Calumet College of St. Joseph's Crimson Wave Baseball team which play in the CCAC. It is also the home park of the East Chicago Central High School [http://www.eccardinalbaseball.com baseball team] [team] and the East Chicago Post 369 American Legion summer baseball team, respectively.

It originally opened in 1942.

History

Block Stadium as it is known today was dedicated on Memorial Day 1942 and was financed by the Block family (owners of the Inland Steel Company) to boost employee morale. They later donated the stadium to the City of East Chicago.

The stadium first served a professional team in 1995 as the East Chicago Conquistadors called it home, for their first and only season. The team brought in an average crowd of 94 fans per game.

References

External links

* [http://www.ballparkreviews.com/eastchi/eastchi.htm# E.J. Block Athletic Field on Ball Park Reviews]
* [http://www.digitalballparks.com/Frontier/EJBlock.html Virtual Tour at digitalballparks.com]
* [http://www.eccardinalbaseball.com EC Central Baseball]


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