Since it is possible that in a few months time from now (March 15, 2012) Patterson Field's appearance will be permanently altered. This seems like a good time to do these articles.
Some basic facts and history.
The Ghosts of Patterson Field Prepared by Frank "Digger" Dawson.
The concrete grandstand seats 4500 people.
A view from Westgate Elementary School.
A view from outside Westgate Elementary School. This is the north end of the field.
A view from outside Westgate Elementary School featuring the west side of the field.
A view from Westgate. The field behind the aluminum bleachers is used as a practice field by teams from the lower grades in school.
The tribute to the Potter Kiln which is part of the "Potters Pete" mascot symbol. They do build a fire in it at times for some games.
Potter gear is sold here at games.
North end of the field. Bleachers for ELHS Band and Band Booster shack shop.
The east portion of the field, Looking to the south.
From the top row of the aluminum bleachers east side of the field. The brick building houses a mens and womens rest room at ground level one at each end. At the top is the Press box.
A view of the south end of the field. Above the field is the Norfolk and Southern Railroad Tracks, part of the Bayard Branch. A stones throw south of the railroad tracks is the Ohio River.
This symbolizes the second dedication of the field when the field was shifted from east west configuration to a north east south west configuration. This actually covers a drainage system used when the Ohio River pays the field a visit which it has a number of times over the years. (Paraphrased from Frank Dawson's The Ghosts of Patterson Field).
The scoreboard. Not ultra fancy but does the job nicely.
The 50 yard line entrance.
From ground level looking towards the northwest. The turf is real grass. The summer of 2011 the field was stripped the crown in the center of the field was rebuilt and new natural grass turf was installed.
The grandstand, the most identifying feature of Patterson Field. This was built in the 1930's as a WPA project.
We have pretty much covered the exterior of Patterson Field. We are ready to go under the grandstand.