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Marinelli Field in Blackhawk Park

Marinelli Field hosted the Rockford franchise in the Midwest League from 1988 through 1999. This stadium, a reconstruction of an earlier Blackhawk Park ballyard, was built in 1988. After the MWL left town, it was used for several years by the Frontier League's Rockford RiverHawks.


Source of Name: Named for long-time Rockford amateur baseball coach and promoter Louis F. Marinelli. Blackhawk Park is named for an important Native American leader.



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Rockford, Illinois
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Ballpark Characteristics

  Left Center Right Seating
  335  405    335   4,500  (1999)
  335  400    335   4,500  (1997)
  330  400    330   4,200  (1992)
  330  400    330   4,300  (1991)
  335  400    335   4,200  (1988)

Park Effects

The Stats 1998 Minor League Handbook indicates that Marinelli Field might slightly help pitchers. It does this by preventing home runs and triples; in most respects, this is a neutral park. (1 years' data.)


Attendance Record

  Year Attendance
  1999     63,705
  1998     75,600
  1997     86,716
  1996    102,479
  1995    110,052
  1994     70,527
  1993     68,206
  1992     50,900
  1991     66,524
  1990    140,864
  1989    139,338
  1988    158,674*


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