Game six of the World Series (undeniably one of the most interesting historical match-ups of all time) is tonight, so we know Major League Baseball’s marathon seven-month season is very nearly complete. Seems a great time for a throwback mention of the success of a baseball park set a mere stone’s throw from where CTA Architects Engineers was founded.
There’s no doubt Billings is a great baseball town, and fans showed their love of Dehler Park, home of the Pioneer League‘s Billings Mustangs, by voting it the winner of the annual Best of the Ballparks vote for Rookie-level facilities.
In the annual bracketed vote for all Rookie-level ballparks in the Pioneer League and Appalachian League, fans chose Dehler Park over Suplizio Field, home of the Grand Junction Rockies, in the final round of voting by a 78%-22% margin.
“There’s such a rich baseball history in Billings, and Dehler Park is a large part of that history,” said Kevin Reichard, Ballpark Digest publisher. “That history is reinforced by the statues of Dave McNally and Ed Bayne outside the ballpark, and with a family-friendly atmosphere inside for Mustangs games, it’s a perfect match for the Billings market.”
Nearly a decade ago, a team from CTA provided full A/E services for Dehler Park, from schematic design through construction. Since then, the stadium has become a fixture in Montana’s largest city and one of CTA Billings team members’ favorite group outing destinations in the summer and fall. Asked what their favorite thing is about Dehler, this is what a few had to say:
Joel Anderson, architect:
It’s the view of the sandstone cliffs rising above town.
Shannon Christensen, PM/architect:
Seats so close that you’re almost in the action, a concourse that wraps around the outfield (standing room only tickets anyone?), relaxing on the grass berm along the first base line, and views of the Rims highlighted by the setting sun.
Sue Anderson, PM/architect:
The outfield concourse is unique — lean on the rail with a cold beverage and have a “conversation” with the opposing team’s outfielder about his fielding abilities.
Genna Granada, graphic designer:
Very family-friendly! Sidelines of the field concourse have play areas for children and I thought there was talk about adding a zip line?! Zip line directly to the beer garden — now that would be even more adult-friendly than it is already.
Carrie Gray, administrative assistant:
The setting beneath the Rims and conversations with the same fellow Mustang fans every year.
Ross Hamand, architectural digital illustrator:
Stang Burger. ‘Nough said…
Brad Sperry, PM/architect:
I love this ballpark even after growing up here and going to the previous ballpark for decades before this was built. It was a much needed improvement.
Good luck to both clubs tonight in their similar and intersecting quests to overcome years of futility. CTA has team members adamantly rooting for both sides (though the Cubs have gotten a little more love on our intranet of late).