Montana

Jul 30, 2012 10:03 AM by Shannon Davis - MTN News

Historic Butte ballpark coming down

BUTTE- Montana Tech officials have decided to demolish the Alumni Baseball field, the beloved baseball field that was home to the minor league Copper Kings, the Butte Miners and the Muckers.

"This was the only stadium with lights. There's something about the lights that makes playing baseball a lot better," Butte Miners assistant coach Chad Silk explained.

He has a special in his heart for the Alumni Field at Montana Tech. "I've always been kind of up here always watching playing or coaching."

So as volunteers were taking it apart piece by piece, Silk wasn't exactly enjoying himself. "It just really sucks leaving our old home. I never thought it would be anywhere else."

But after nearly 50 years of baseball on this field the building will soon be gone. "Tech has decided to move on with their football program and install sprint turf," Alumni Field Manager Michael Semmens explained.

Coaches and baseball parents are taking the opportunity to salvage as much as they can from the property including the clay they've played on since the stadium first opened.

"I believe it was from $60,000 to $80,000 that was spent on getting this dirt here, so we don't want to lose it," Semmens said.

They're an old farmer's tractor to loosen the clay and store it for their new feild. They are also working with the BNRC to secure the property behind the Butte Civic Center to build their new home.

The Butte Miners will play at the Copper Mountain Facility until their can build their own home.

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