Structure Type: built works - recreation areas and structures - stadiums

Designers: Mortenson, M.A., Construction Company (firm); Morton A. Mortenson Sr. (building contractor); Morton A. Mortenson Jr. (building contractor/civil engineer)

Dates: constructed 1958-1960

2502 South Tyler Street
Tacoma, WA 98405-1051

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The National League's San Francisco Giants offered to give Tacoma, WA, its AAA minor league affiliate if the city could erect a stadium rapidly in which the team could play; Benjamin Cheney (d. 05/18/1971), President of Cheney Lumber Company, stepped forward to assist in the planning and construction of the stadium that bears his name; under his leadership, the ballpark was erected in 42 days. Since its opening, Cheney Stadium has hosted teams for seven different major league ball clubs, the current being the Tacoma Rainiers (in town since 1995), the AAA club of the Seattle Mariners.

At its opening, Cheney Stadium seated 9,600. It was located on public land, adjacent to Henry Foss High School. Tel: (253) 752-7707 (2009);

A large-scale remodeling of Cheney Stadium occurred in 2010-2011. The first game played in the new Cheney Stadium was on 04/15/2011. Brad Cihon, of the Weekly Volcano alternative newspaper in Tacoma, WA, said of the new ballpark: "By the time the Tacoma Rainiers host the Sacramento River Cats for their April 15 home opener, Cheney Stadium will look and feel like a whole new ballpark. An impressive entryway will welcome fans into the stadium. There will be an increased variety of ticket options, ranging from the posh Dugout Club to $7 grass berm picnic-style seating. A 4,000-square-foot Summit Club lined with timber will provide great views of the Olympic Mountains off in the distance. The installation of an elevator and more ADA approved ramps will increase accessibility for all Rainiers fans." (See Brett Cihon "Renovated Cheney Stadium tops out ... and helps you top off," Weekly Volcano, article appeared 01/25/2011,Accessed 04/29/2011.) Much of the alteration had to do with upgrading revenue generating food and beverage sales locations and kitchen food-preparation facilities. Rest rooms were also upgraded. Mortenson Construction Company supervised the stadium renovation.

PCAD id: 13853