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Principal Park and State Baseball

Principal Park 1— Matt Nelson

Wednesday I made the trip over to Des Moines to cover the Iowa State Baseball Tournament for KCRG-TV9. A triple-header of 3A games involving area teams no less!!

Check out my report on Norwalk’s win over Decorah here.

View highlights of Vinton-Shellsburg’s game, and Benton Community’s game here.

Principal Park 4The state tournament moved to Principal Park (formerly Sec Taylor Stadium II) in 2005. Previously it’d been held in Marshalltown and Carroll. Principal Park is the home of the AAA Iowa Cubs.

The ballpark opened in 1992 and hasn’t changed a great deal since then. In right field they have added bleacher seating as well as a newer scoreboard and a nice fountain the right field corner as well.

Principal Park 5The ballpark offers a spectacular view of the Iowa State Capitol from behind home plate. From the first base line fans have a nice view of the downtown Des Moines skyline as well.

Marshalltown and Carroll were great hosts to the state baseball tournament. But with a central loacation the state tournament seems to be doing well in Principal Park. The crowds don’t fill the stadium, but it has to be a thrill for those high schoolers who get to play in a AAA stadium.

Principal Park 6Maybe sometime in the future after I visit all of the ballparks in the Midwest League, the “Ballparks of the Midwest” project for TV9 will have to expand to include other parks in the Midwest like Principal Park or the new Omaha Royals ballpark set to open in 2011. Hmmm… 🙂

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