July 2016 Summer Fun Spotlight: Victory Field Home of the Indianapolis Indians

Victory Field is the newest of the three stadiums that the Indianapolis Indians have called home.  The Indians played their first game at the new Victory Field in front of a sell-out crowd of 14,667 on July 11, 1996.  While the Indians failed to christen the field's first game with a victory against Oklahoma City, they recorded the win at their new home the following day, 2-1 versus the 89ers.

Victory Field has witnessed great moments in its lifetime.  In its first season, the new home ot the Tribe played host to the American Association Eastern Division and Championship playoff series, before hosting another divisional playoff series again in 1997.  Then in 2000, just two seasons after joining the International League, the Indians took down the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons and Salt Lake Stingers on their way to capturing both the Governor's Cup and Triple-A World Series Championships.

In 2001, Victory Field welcomed the best player in Triple-A, playing host to the Triple-A All Star game that saw the Pacific Coast League earn a 9-5 win over the International League.

After becoming the affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2005, the Indians witnessed two of franchises greatest pitching efforts both by Buc's prospect Ian Snell.  The Southpaw first tossed Victory Field's first ever no-hitter on May 15, 2005 against Norfolk, and then struck out a Victory Field record 17 batters, including 13 in-a-row on June 28,2009 against Toledo.

In 2014, in its 18th season, Victory Field welcomed its 11 millionth fan through the gates as part of a record setting total attendance of 660,289.  This amazing accomplishment came just one season after the Indians led all of Minor League Baseball in overall attendance on their way to be presented with Baseball America's 2013 Triple-A Bib Freitas Award for the best overall operations at the Triple-A level.  Now in its 20th season, Victory Field just recently surpassed 12 million fans on May 20, 2016