Music - Baby please don't go by Aerosmith
Photographed in December of 1997 using film.
Zephyr Field - Opened in 1997 and still in use. (21 million was used to repair the stadium in 2006 after Hurricane Katrina). Location - 6000 Airline Drive New Orleans, Louisiana.
Maestri Field at Privateer Park - Opened in 1979 and still in use. Known as Privateer Park 1979 - 2000, Maestri Field at Privateer Park 2000 - present. Location - 6601 Franklin Blvd. New Orleans, Louisiana.
Zephyr Field is home to the New Orleans Zephyrs, the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets Major League Baseball team. Opened in 1997 in Metairie (Jefferson Parish), a suburb of New Orleans, the stadium seats 11,000 fans. Previous to this, the Zephyrs played at Privateer Park on the campus of the University of New Orleans.
The Zephyrs joined the PCL after the 1997 season, when the American Association was disbanded. The Zephyrs were one of five clubs from the AA to join the PCL, with three joining the International League. Triple-A baseball was also expanded at that time, concurrent with the expansion of Major League Baseball.
The Zephyrs won the 1998 Pacific Coast League championship and went on to win the Triple-A World Series against Buffalo Bisons, 3-1 . The were also slated to participate in the 2001 championship series with the Tacoma Rainiers, but the season was cancelled in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, and both teams were named co-champions.
The Zephyrs finished the 2005 season three days before Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, and though Zephyr Field sustained moderate damage, the team was able to open the 2006 season at home, making them the first professional team in New Orleans to do so after the hurricane.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Zephyr Field would be used as a military hospital. Zephyr Field did not sustain heavy damage during the hurricane as did the Superdome. Zephyr field returned to baseball the following season.
The park frequently hosts Tulane University games. The Green Wave has played annual games against cross-town rival University of New Orleans at the stadium, as well as home games against archrival LSU. During the 2006 and 2007 baseball seasons, Zephyr Field was the primary home of the Green Wave, as Tulane's on-campus facility, Greer Field at Turchin Stadium was undergoing renovations. The renovations were scheduled to be completed in time for the 2006 season, but Hurricane Katrina significantly damaged Turchin Stadium, forcing delays in the renovation.
Privateer park is on the campus of the University of New Orleans. The New Orleans Zephyrs played here from 1993 thru the 1997 season.
The ballpark has a capacity of 4,200 people and was opened in 1979. It currently hosts the University of New Orleans Privateers.
Zephyr field home of the triple A New Orleans Zephyrs. 12/97
Privateer park on the camups of the U of New Orleans 12/97