Homer Stryker Field

Homer Stryker Field is a stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The baseball field is located in Kalamazoo's Mayors Riverfront Park. It is primarily used for baseball, and is the home field of the Kalamazoo Kings minor league baseball team. It originally opened in 1963, making it the oldest ballpark in the Frontier League's Central Division. It holds 4,000 people.

Homer Stryker Field became the home of the Kalamazoo Kings in 2001. It had previously hosted another Frontier League team, the Kodiaks; each team has made some renovations to a facility that has been in use in some form since 1925, although the oldest part of the current structure, a concrete grandstand now with aluminum benches, appears to date to 1963. The 1995 renovation added new aluminum seating and a press box above the old grandstand, along with some additional bleacher sections flanking the central stand. Some new outbuildings have been constructed in the last few years. The field is somewhat unorthodox in that home plate is at the northeast corner of the grounds; traditionally and commonly, baseball fields have home plate at the westenmost end of the grounds so batters do not have to face the sun while hitting.

Homer Stryker was the patriarch of the Stryker Corporation. The Stryker family bought the naming rights in 2002 and placed Homer’s name on the field.

Field Dimensions

Left Field Foul Line: 306 feet

Center Field: 395 feet

Right Field Foul Line: 330 feet

Coordinates: 42°17′25″N 85°33′45″W / 42.29028°N 85.5625°W / 42.29028; -85.5625