Quik Trip Park at Grand Prairie
The City of Grand Prairie, Texas wanted a minor league professional baseball team within its city limits to add to the economic development and quality of life for its residents. The City and the Team wanted a ballpark that would fit within an existing development district where Lone Star Park (horse racing) and the Nokia Theater (performing arts center) were currently located. Crafton Tull designed a state of the art ballpark. The ballpark seats 4,200 fans with typical amenities of restrooms, concessions, good sightlines to the field, and ease of egress and circulation. Unique amenities include a progressive boardwalk surrounding the entire ball field, Kids Zone and pool, cigar bar, restaurant, beverage bar, suites, party decks, and unique seating options. The design of the park reflects Grand Prairie’s aviation history, complete with steel trusses that recall an airplane hangar. Crafton Tull, in conjunction with the Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation Department, developed plans for a playground which connects to the QuikTrip Park (a minor league baseball stadium) at Grand Prairie, Texas. Crafton Tull designed the park so that it provided experiences found in many of the parks in the Grand Prairie park system. Besides a jungle gym and playground with rock climbing, it features miniature golf and a small baseball diamond, basketball courts and a performing arts area. Also included in the park design was a mist fountain, entry kiosk, concession terrace, and storage building. QuikTrip Park was named “Best New Ballpark” of 2008 by Baseball Digest.