Granderson Stadium named among top ballparks

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Curtis Granderson Stadium earned another honor Tuesday as Stadium Journey Magazine featured the new facility as one of the “Best New Stadiums of 2014.”

The award comes a month after Granderson Stadium received the Editor’s Choice Award from Ballpark Digest.

Curtis Granderson, a former UIC All-American baseball player and current New York Mets outfielder, donated $5 million to the project, the largest one-time gift from a professional athlete to his or her alma mater, according to Sports Illustrated.

Paul Swaney, president and co-founder of Stadium Journey, visited Granderson Stadium for the ribbon-cutting ceremony in April, when Grandson threw out the first pitch in front of nearly 1,000 friends, family, media and Flames’ supporters.

“One of the best aspects of the 1,200-seat ballpark is the fantastic view of the Chicago skyline that can be seen beyond the centerfield fence,” Swaney wrote in the magazine.

“Granderson Stadium is located on the UIC campus near the Little Italy neighborhood of Chicago on the near south side. There are plenty of bars and restaurants either along Taylor Street, or on South Halsted.

“College baseball is growing in popularity, and with nearly 300 Division I programs, there is plenty to get out and explore. Most of the best college ballparks are located in warmer climates, but now there is a small venue to be proud of in the Midwest. If you have not yet gone to a college baseball game (at Granderson Stadium), then add it to your to-do list in 2015.”

Besides its role as home for Flames baseball, Granderson Stadium will host Little League organizations, bringing Granderson’s love of the game to Chicago youth.