500 Main St Bridgeport CT United States 06604
The Ballpark at Harbor Yard is a 5,300-seat baseball park in Bridgeport, Connecticut that hosted its first regular season baseball game on May 21, 1998, as the tenants of the facility, the Bridgeport Bluefish, lost to the Aberdeen Arsenal. The stadium is located next to the Webster Bank Arena. It was named "Harbor Yard" as an allusion to Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland.Located on Bridgeport's Long Island Sound waterfront, Harbor Yard is also encircled by Interstate 95 and the Northeast Corridor rail line. The site also has navigable ingress and egress routes to northern Fairfield County and the Naugatuck River Valley via the 8/25 connector.HistoryThe Ballpark at Harbor Yard opened on May 21, 1998 on the site of the former Jenkins Valve factory, with the success of the Bridgeport Bluefish paving the way for progress in the city of Bridgeport. Improvements to the Bridgeport waterfront in the past few years have included the creation of the Webster Bank Arena in October 2001, and the Transit Parking Garage. The demolition of the Pequonnock apartment buildings in 2002 improved the parking situation for fans attending games at the Ballpark, as well as for other places in Bridgeport. The Ballpark and Webster Bank Arena are accredited for revitalizing the city into a prosperous waterfront attraction and destination.