We visit Alliant Energy Field, the historic home of the Clinton LumberKings. Page 2: Celebrating the atmosphere of a historic ballpark.
This is a pretty old ballpark; true, it’s not been that long since Alliant Energy Field was known as Riverview Stadium, its name since its construction under the auspices of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), and the appearance of this facility didn’t change a whole lot after it opened in 1937.
The ballpark shown in the postcard above still exists. The 2005-2006 renovations didn’t touch on the exterior, which sports the same brick lines as it did when Riverview Stadium opened as the home of the Three-I League’s Clinton Owls. The Art Deco detailing — so prominent in the front marquee –– is still there, updated with an LED board.
The major changes came in 2005-2006, when new gift-shop/team-office and restroom buildings were added to the outer portion of the ballpark. This created a natural concourse to the ballpark, giving the LumberKings some sorely needed administrative space. Much credit should be given to LumberKings GM Ted Tornow, who oversaw the renovations.