- Zephyr Field
Zephyr Field is home to the
New Orleans Zephyrs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Florida MarlinsMajor League Baseball team. Opened in 1997in Metairie (Jefferson Parish), a suburb of New Orleans, the stadium seats 10,000 fans. Previous to this, the Zephyrs played at Privateer Parkon the campus of the University of New Orleans.
September 3, 2005, FEMAdirector Mike Brown announced that, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Zephyr Field would be used as a military hospital.
The park frequently hosts
Tulane Universitygames. The Green Wave has played annual games against cross-town rival University of New Orleans at the stadium, as well as home games against archrival LSU. During the 2006 and 2007 baseball seasons, Zephyr Field was the primary home of the Green Wave, as Tulane's on-campus facility, Greer Field at Turchin Stadiumwas undergoing renovations. The renovations were scheduled to be completed in time for the 2006 season, but Hurricane Katrinasignificantly damaged Turchin Stadium, forcing a delay for the renovation project.
Several scenes in the movie "
Mr. 3000" were filmed at Zephyr Field. A baseball scene from Failure to Launchwas also filmed at the stadium. Part of an episode of Spike TV's Pros vs Joeswas also filmed there.
The pitcher friendly park had a new playing field installed in 2008. It's new dimensions are 330 down the lines and 400 to centrefield. The ballpark traditionally allows the fewest home runs in the PCL. The ballpark's grass berm "The Levee" beyond centerfield is known as the highest point in the city. The levee is a grass berm for fans and dogs to enjoy the game.
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