San Juan, Puerto Rico – Hiram Bithorn Stadium is a baseball park and home to the Santurce Crabbers of the Puerto Rico Baseball League. Built in 1962, Hiram Bithorn Stadium is named after the first player from Puerto Rico to play in the MLB.
On April 17-18, Hiram Bithorn Stadium will host MLB’s Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins fora two (2) game series. This will be the first time either team has played in Puerto Rico. MLB has made a few appearances at the Puerto Rican stadium over the years with the last time being in 2010 when the New York Mets took on the Miami Marlins for a three (3) game series.
ESPN will televise both games on April 17-18 as part of its 100-plus game schedule. The April 18th game will air during a special edition of ESPN’s Wednesday Night Baseball presented by Hankook Tire beginning at 7:00 pm EST.
Hiram Bithorn Stadium spent more than three (3) decades as a natural grass stadium. In 2015, the City of San Juan selected to upgrade their existing synthetic turf surface to a surface manufactured by Turf Nation. The surface they selected is the S5 and has a 51-ounce face weight, Balanced Matrix fiber spacing and Titanium Shield backing system. The slit film fibers are made from 100% C8 resins, the highest grade available to the synthetic turf industry.
Turf Nation is the reliable source of the highest quality synthetic turf surfaces. Turf Nation has been trusted to manufacture synthetic turf surfaces for more than 13 NFL Teams including the Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 46ers, Tennessee Titans as well as the Professional Football Hall of Fame.