Bethpage Ballpark, located in Central Islip, is a 6,002 seat state-of-the-art facility that is home to the Long Island Ducks. The ballpark opened on April 28, 2000 with great fanfare to a past-capacity crowd. It has welcomed over 7 million fans and hosted more than 670 sellouts since. Among its many features are 20 luxury suites, spacious seating, a 126-seat bar/restaurant and an indoor batting tunnel.
When shovel hit dirt in 1999, the original name of the Ballpark was Suffolk County Sports Park. In 1999, European American Bank ("EAB") purchased naming rights from the ballpark's owner, the County of Suffolk, and the ballpark was christened "EAB Park" upon opening in 2000. The name stayed the same from Opening Day 2000 until EAB was purchased by Citibank in 2001. The ballpark was then known as 'Citibank Park' from 2002-2009. In 2010, Bethpage Federal Credit Union entered into an agreement with the County of Suffolk and has owned naming r ights since.
In 2017, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, the Long Island Ducks and representatives from the Suffolk County Department of Public Works unveiled a brand new LED field lighting system for the ballpark. The six towers that light the playing field were installed by Musco Lighting and replaced the 2000-Watt Metal Halide bulbs that had been lighting the field since the Ducks' inaugural season. In addition to significant energy savings, the new LED lights provide the perfect illuminance for both the spectators and players.
Additional ballpark improvements made in 2017 included the replacement of the playing surface with 100,000 square feet of Kentucky Bluegrass, the replacement of carpeted flooring in the Duck Club restaurant/bar and several luxury suites with new commercial grade vinyl hardwood, the ballpark lavatories being transformed into a cleaner and safer space with sensor flush toilets installed to complement the no-touch sensor faucets that were already been in place and the debut of a brand new, private label craft beer dubbed “Duck Tail Ale”, which was produced by Great South Bay Brewery in Bay Shore and delivered to the ballpark by Clare Rose Distributors, Inc.
BETHPAGE BALLPARK FACTS
Number of cubic yards of concrete: 7,500
Number of bricks: 41,990
Number of blocks: 54,690
Linear feet of railing: 2,710
Number of drainage structures: 116
Tons of steel: 406
Tons of re-bar: 250