The Fort Wayne TinCaps announced Thursday they will add a new group seating area to Parkview Field in time for the start of the 2016 season.
The new section will be located atop the ballpark’s Tuthill 400 Club, which opened in 2013. The 400 Club is a luxury suite located just beyond the centerfield wall 400 feet away from home plate, and doubles as a batter’s eye for hitters.
The new rooftop deck will be called “The Summit” because it will be on top of the 400 Club, and as part of Parkview Field, it is located in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne, nicknamed “Summit City.” The Summit will be the only batter’s eye rooftop deck in the country.
The Summit will accommodate up to 125 fans per game with a mix of ballpark and club-style seating, and a shade structure covering approximately half of the section. Groups must have a minimum of 20 people to reserve space on The Summit, for $40 per person. They will get unlimited food, soft drinks, domestic draft beer, and house wine.
In addition to a unique view of the playing field, fans at The Summit will get an elevated view of the downtown Fort Wayne skyline. The following photos, shared by TinCaps broadcaster John Nolan via social media, show those views.
Construction of The Summit will begin this fall in partnership with Weigand Construction and Design Collaborative, the same team of Fort Wayne-based businesses that designed and built the Tuthill 400 Club. As mentioned in this video from Thursday’s press conference, the 400 Club was designed with the possibility of a rooftop deck in mind.
The $600,ooo project will be privately financed by Hardball Capital, the TinCaps’ ownership group. Money will not be spent from the city’s Parkview Field Ballpark Maintenance and Improvement Fund.