NBT Bank Stadium

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  • Name: NBT Bank Stadium
  • GPS-able Address: 1 Tex Simone Drive, Syracuse, NY 13208
  • Ballpark Owner: Onondaga County
  • Architects: HOK Sport (now Populous)
  • Groundbreaking: 7/5/1995
  • Minor League Baseball/Professional Development League Teams: Syracuse Mets (AAA) 2019-present; Syracuse Chiefs (AAA) 2007-2018; Syracuse SkyChiefs (AAA) 1997-2006
  • Pro Baseball Class/League History: AAA/International League 2022-present; AAA/Triple-A East 2021; AAA/International League 1997-2020
  • First Pro Baseball Game: 4/3/1997; stadium debut of Class AAA SkyChiefs
  • Others Playing or Operating Here: None
  • Previous Ballpark Names: Alliance Bank Stadium 2005-2013; P&C Stadium 1997-2004
  • LF: 330 CF: 400 RF: 330
  • Seats: 10,815
  • Stated Capacity: 10,815
  • House Baseball/Softball Record Attendance (as currently configured): 10,815; multiple (cap)

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NBT Bank Stadium in Syracuse, NY, is the home of the Syracuse Mets, the New York Mets' Triple-A International League farm team. It changed names in 2013, when NBT Bank merged with previous naming-rights holder Alliance Bank.

Its 1997 debut actually saw different names for both the HOK Sport (now Populous) ballpark and its team: P&C Stadium hosted the SkyChiefs. The long-time Chiefs had just prepended "Sky" because of - in their management's words - "political correctness". The "Sky" fell in 2007, with "Chiefs" now in a train context. P&C Foods later fell into bankruptcy; Alliance Bank landed the vacated naming rights in 2005.

A railroad track lies just beyond the left-field fence. It is used extensively for freight train traffic, and long trains can be seen and heard passing by throughout the games. This ties in to using "Chiefs" in the train engineer rather the tribal people sense. One of the team's two mascots is an old-time railroad station chief, dressed in the striped uniform commonly associated with railroad workers in the 19th century.

The stadium is also on the flight path of airplanes using nearby Syracuse International Airport, and these can also be seen easily. That tied in with the old "SkyChiefs" brand.

The club played, as the Chiefs, next door at MacArthur Stadium for many years. In 2019, the traditional Chiefs moniker was again abandoned when the team was renamed the Syracuse Mets as it moved from an affiliated to an owned-and-operated farm club. The Mets bought the Chiefs to escape their assigned affiliation with far-off Las Vegas.

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