Pelican’s Baseball

Ballpark Facts
Groundbreaking for stadium: March 11, 1998
Cost of construction: Approximately $13 million
BB&T Coastal Field seating capacity: 5,200 fixed seats; up to 6,600 with standing room
Number of luxury suites: 9 (24 person capacity in each)
Field dimensions: RF: 328’; LF: 308’; CF: 400’; outfield wall is 8 feet high from right field to the left-center field alley; from left-center field alley to the left field foul pole, the outfield wall is 6 feet high
Seating bowl: Seats are from Fulton County Stadium, former home of the Atlanta Braves
How BB&T Coastal Field stacks up: In 2009, Baseball America ranked BB&T Coastal Field as the top ballpark in the Carolina League
 
Firsts
Original name of the ballpark: Coastal Federal Field (changed to BB&T Coastal Field on August 18, 2007)
First game attendance: 5,521 (April 12, 1999)
First pitch: April 12, 1999 at 7:14 p.m
First pitch temperature:74 degrees
First Pelicans pitcher: Luis Rivera
First Pelicans opponent: Potomac Cannons (now the Potomac Nationals)
First batter: Potomac’s Esix Snead (struck out looking, April 12, 1999)
First hit: Potomac’s Andy Bevins (home run, April 12, 1999)
First Pelicans hit: Ryan Lehr (4th inning home run, April 12, 1999)
First inside-the-park home run: Lynchburg’s Victor Gutierrez (April 7, 2000)
First error by a Pelican: Marcus Giles (April 12, 1999)
First walk received: Marcus Giles (April 12, 1999)
First stolen base: Jeff Spencer (April 12, 1999)
First steal of home plate: Junior Brignac (July 12, 1999)
First player to hit for the cycle: Wilmington’s Dee Brown (April 17, 1999)
First grand slam: Ryan Lehr (August 28, 1999)
First world record broken: Most People Wearing Groucho Marx Glasses at the Same Time – 1,827 funny-looking Pelicans fans (June 7, 2005)
First streaker: Name Unknown (September 1, 1999)
First car to go through the outfield wall: A car veered off of 21st Avenue North and crashed into the left field wall. No one was injured. (August 29, 2000)
First foul ball caught by a public address announcer: Mike Junga (September 2, 2005)
First home run ball hit into left field bleachers: Isaiah Ka’aihue (June 17, 2007)

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