Lehigh Valley IronPigs

Lehigh Valley IronPigs

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The Lehigh Valley IronPigs are a minor league baseball team, serving as the Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball. The team plays its home games at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The park, which opened for the start of the team's first season in 2008, seats 8,100, with a capacity of 10,000, and cost $50.25 million to complete.

Previously, the team operated as the Ottawa Lynx (2007), in Ottawa, Ontario before moving to Allentown. Preceding the Lynx, the Philadelphia Phillies' Triple-A team was known as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons, which existed from 1987–2006, and played their home games at PNC Field in Moosic, Pennsylvania. Unhappy with the local management that owned the franchise, the Phillies decided to move the team to a brand new stadium in Allentown and temporarily entered a one-year Player Development Contract (PDC) with the Ottawa franchise while Coca-Cola Park was being constructed. The Ottawa franchise was then moved to the Lehigh Valley in 2008.

The name is a reference to pig iron, used in the manufacturing of steel, for which the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania is world-renowned.

History

Prior to the arrival of the IronPigs, the Lehigh Valley did not have a Major League-affiliated baseball team since 1960, when the Allentown Red Sox left for Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The Allentown Red Sox played at Breadon Field (later called Max Hess Stadium) from...
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