Fluor Field at the West End

From BR Bullpen

  • Name: Fluor Field at the West End
  • GPS-able Address: 945 South Main Street, Greenville, SC 29601
  • Ballpark Owner: Greenville Drive
  • Architects: DLR Group
  • Groundbreaking: 5/28/2005
  • Minor League Baseball Teams: Greenville Drive (A+) 2021-present; Greenville Drive (A) 2006-2020
  • Class/League History: A+/South Atlantic League 2022-present; A+/High-A East 2021; A/South Atlantic League 2006-2020
  • First Professional Baseball Game: 4/6/2006; stadium debut of Class A Drive
  • Others Playing or Operating Here: None
  • Previous Ballpark Names: West End Field 2006-2007
  • LF: 310 CF: 420 RF: 302
  • Seats: 4,200
  • Stated Capacity: 5,700
  • House Baseball/Softball Record Attendance (as currently configured): 7,839, 4/24/2022

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Fluor Field at the West End is the home of the Greenville Drive, the Boston Red Sox' High-A South Atlantic League farm team. The Fluor Corp. engineering firm landed naming rights in 2008.

The ballpark that was then known as West End Field opened in 2006, two years after the Atlanta Braves yanked their owned-and-operated Double-A team from Greenville Municipal Stadium to Mississippi because they were unhappy with the ballpark's condition.

The ballpark was built entirely with private money but not entirely with private resources: In a true public-private partnership, team ownership paid for building the playpen on city-owned land. Eighteen seasons later, it continues to get glowing reports for turning around a dilapidated area of the city's downtown.[1]

Echoes of Boston's Fenway Park, which are everywhere, earned it the nickname "Little Fenway" - the 30-foot tall "[[Green Monster]" in left field (although Fenway's is 37 feet tall), Pesky's Pole in right, and the outfield dimensions all around. It even has a manual scoreboard, one of eight in the minors.

An echo of history lies right across the street: the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum. The Greenville native's last residence, which was moved there in 2008, was moved again July 30, 2020 - this time just 100 yards west. That move took less than an hour and cleared the way for an apartment complex named ".408 Jackson" - a salute to Shoeless Joe's all-time Major League record rookie-season batting average. The Coronavirus pandemic delayed the museum's reopening to June 25, 2021.

The 6,700-seat ballpark jumped its house baseball record crowd by nearly 300 on April 24, 2022 - hosting 7,839 that included 2022 Reading All Stars from the four counties that border Greenville County. The RAS Celebration Game for Greenville County students the following May 3rd also outdrew the previous mark, 7,554 over 7,551.

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