LOCKPORT PORTER BASEBALL
Flink Field Facilities
Edward Flink Field, built in 1921, serves as the home field of the Lockport Porter baseball team. We believe it is the oldest high school baseball field in the state of Illinois. It is for a fact the oldest lighted baseball field in Illinois. Highly regarded as one of the finest high school baseball facilities in Illinois, it is an all grass field with various support and training areas for use by the varsity program. On away dates, the Porter sophomore team calls Flink it's home field.
Flink Field's dimensions are 310 feet down the LF and RF lines, and 374 to dead center. In the gaps, Flink goes 347 feet to both. A recently built (2006) six-foot wooden fence with crushed granite warning track curves along the outfield. The field has a Musco lighting system. The home bullpen aka "The Land of Markelz" features three mounds. Flink also features in-ground sunken dugouts. The backstop is all brick with a press box behind home plate. Two grandstands serve the needs of fans as well as picnic tables behind home plate. A concession stand is located behind the 3rd base home dugout.
The "pride" of Flink Field has to be the recently constructed (2005) locker room/washroom building located along the 3B side of the field. This building, dedicated to former head coach Jim Hall who was the driving force to it being built, contains a locker room, showers and storage areas for the use by the players. It also has a coaches office, shower and washroom. Recently, grandstands were relocated to behind home plate from along the LF line. A brick wall, paver walkway and mulch were added. Additional landscaping and a new press box will be added soon. The new press box will be located behind and above the new grandstand and will serve the needs of the press, field announcer and scorekeepers. CLICK HERE for view of new grandstand.
New batting cages are currently planned to be built on the home side of the field somewhere near where the old bleachers were previously located. The cage facility will be roofed and lighted allowing it to be used in most spring and summer weather situations. Most importantly, players will be able to utilize the facility during games which they currently cannot.
Flink Field, once known simply as "the Athletic Field" has been located at Garfield and Division streets in the city of Lockport and used by high school and community baseball teams for almost 100 years. It has undergone much change as well. Originally a multi-sport facility, it is now used exclusively for baseball events. It was named Flink Field in the late 80's as a tribute to long-time LTHS teacher and coach Edward Flink.
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