The Burg

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The Burg
Current user: St. Petersburg Admirals
Location: St. Petersburg, Florida Usa.png
Opened: 2018
Seating cap.: 41,118
Playing surface: Grass
Field dimensions: Left Field Line - 355 ft
Left-Center - 368 ft
Center Field - 400 ft
Right-Center - 368 ft
Right Field Line - 353 ft

The Burg is a baseball stadium in St. Petersburg, Florida. It is the home ballpark used by the Metropolitan League's St. Petersburg Admirals.

History

The Burg was built to welcome the St. Petersburg Admirals, which had relocated from the much different climate of Anchorage, Alaska. To honor the club's season spent as the Anchorage Aces, and in a pun on the stadium name (shorthand for St. Petersburg) the stadium features a large, monolithic artificial iceberg past the right field fence.

The first game played at The Burg was on May 17, 2018, with the visiting Calgary Inferno defeating the Admirals 7-6. Admirals right-handed pitcher Philip Dour threw the first strikeout, and Admirals switch-hitting outfielder Katai Kitigawa picked up the stadium's first hit, a single to right field. Calgary second baseman Israel Medina hit the first home run the same day, a 379 foot 2-run shot to the left field bleachers.

The Admirals would pick up their first win at The Burg the following day, a 7-4 victory over Calgary. Jose Soto would earn the Admirals first win at the stadium, with Ryu Saito picking up the first Admirals save.

On September 9, 2018, the Admirals took part in the first postseason game at The Burg as they opened the Elimination Round series against the Seattle Salts with a 3-2 win. The Admirals would cruise through to the 2018 Bull Cup Championship Series and meet the Montreal Metros, opening that best-of-five series with a win at home by a score of 6-2. But that would be their only series win as the Metros wrested control of the series back with a win the next day before finishing the job home in Montreal two games later.

However, on October 21, 2019, the stadium was the scene of raucous celebrations as the Admirals won their first Bull Cup championship, delivering a convincing 11-5 defeat to the Minneapolis Ravens to close out the best-of-seven series 4-1.

The stadium was selected to host the 2020 Bull League All-Star Game.

Features

The Burg as viewed from the media box

The stadium is an expansive but fairly hitter-friendly stadium, with it's most obvious feature being the large artificial iceberg emerging from a pond behind the right field wall. A large digital clock sits stoically on the 8' wall in front of the unique feature, which is lit with a bank of four stadium lighting towers at night.

A large modern scoreboard sits to the left of the batter's eye at center field, and the outfield bleachers overlook the stadium from behind the left field wall. The grandstand is 4 levels, including a 3rd level exclusively for luxury and media boxes.

Natural, manicured Bermuda grass and a well maintained dirt infield make up the playing surface.

Attendance history

In 2018, the first year of operation, The Burg saw an average of 40,895 fans in attendance per game during the 50 scheduled home games. The following season, attendance fell slightly to 40,345 during the Admirals championship winning 2019 edition.

The Burg attendance history
Year Attendance Games
2018 2,044,739 50
2019 3,275,199 81

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