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Populous to design minor league ballpark in US

17 Dec 2012 (Last Updated December 17th, 2012 18:30)

Architectural firm Populous has been selected to design a new, $50m minor league ballpark in El Paso, Texas, US.

Architectural firm Populous has been selected to design a new $50m minor league ballpark in El Paso, Texas, US.

After completion, the ballpark will be home to the Pacific Coast League’s Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, currently playing in Tucson.

MountainStar Sports purchased Tucson Padres in November 2012 as part of an agreement with the City of El Paso to construct the ballpark.

The facility will have seating capacity for 8,500 people, 20 luxury suites and 250 to 300 club seats, as well as a 10,000-person standing room.

Populous’ design will feature office space, areas for weight training, therapy, fitness, and retail and neighbourhood spaces for gathering and hospitality.

The spaces will incorporate berm seating, a kids’ play area, closed and open group meeting spaces, and a water feature.

Located in El Paso where the current city hall stands, the open air park will host concerts and community events throughout the year.

Populous principal David Bower said, "Our goal will be to capture the energy, culture and sense of community that is unique to El Paso in the stadium design."

The initial design phase of the project has already started and construction is likely to commence in March 2013 with completion scheduled for April 2014 – before the first pitch of the season begins.

To date, Populous has designed 48 minor league ballparks, including the 2012 Ballpark of the Year, Blue Wahoos Park, in addition to Coca-Cola Park, ONEOK Field, and Cheney Stadium.

In September 2012, the University of Arkansas in the US selected Populous to design a new basketball practice facility, which is expected to cost between $20m and $25m.