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Bowling Green Ballpark

From BR Bullpen

  • Name: Bowling Green Ballpark
  • GPS-able Address: 300 East 8th Avenue, Bowling Green, KY 42101
  • Ballpark Owner: Warren County Downtown Economic Authority
  • Architects: DLR Group
  • Groundbreaking: 6/4/2008
  • Minor League Baseball Teams: Bowling Green Hot Rods (A+) 2021-present; Bowling Green Hot Rods (A) 2009-2020
  • Class/League History: AA+/South Atlantic League 2022-present; A+/High-A East 2021; A/Midwest League 2010-2019; A/South Atlantic League 2009
  • First Professional Baseball Game: 4/17/2009; stadium debut of Class A Hot Rods
  • Others Playing or Operating Here: None
  • Previous Ballpark Names: None
  • LF: 318 CF: 400 RF: 326
  • Seats: 4,300
  • Stated Capacity: 4,559
  • House Baseball/Softball Record Attendance (as currently configured): 6,886, 4/17/2009


Bowling Green Ballpark in Bowling Green, KY, is the home of the Bowling Green Hot Rods, the Tampa Bay Rays' High-A South Atlantic League farm team. It lost the 2020 Midwest League All-Star Game to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The playpen's April 17, 2009, debut saw the Rods arrive in locally owned vintage hot rods. The reported attendance at the first professional baseball game in Bowling Green in 67 years was 6,886.

Or was it 6,887? Or maybe 6,882? Leslie Hudson was expecting a baby, but not until April 30. However, Hattie Claire Hudson had other ideas. Her mother went into labor before the National Anthem, the party of four left for the hospital, and "Hattie the Hot Rod" arrived soon after the game ended.[1]

BGB's right-field wall curves toward instead of away from the plate, because a nearby road limited the construction envelope.

The 2017 solar eclipse "Ballpark Blackout" had the Rods in moon-based uniforms and the West Michigan Whitecaps in sun-based garb. Fittingly for cosmic science if not for the home fans, the solars fell behind but came back to win.

The team store is, of course, The Body Shop.

Current ballparks of the South Atlantic League
North Division South Division
Daniel S. Frawley Stadium | Dutchess Stadium | Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium
Maimonides Park | ShoreTown Ballpark
Bowling Green Ballpark | First National Bank Field | Fluor Field at the West End | L.P. Frans Stadium
McCormick Field | State Mutual Stadium | Truist Stadium