New Stadium: The Corn Crib, Normal, IL (Frontier League)

This press release (and pictures) were provided by Jonathan Cole of Pendulum Studio


Ballpark Aerial Rendering

The Corn Crib is located approximately two hours southwest of Chicago in Normal, IL on a 22-acre portion of the Heartland Community College campus.  The Normal Cornbelters, a Frontier League professional baseball team, and the Heartland Community college Athletic program consisting of men’s and women’s baseball, softball, and soccer will share the facility.  This multi-use facility is also equipped to accommodate concerts and other non-sport events including commencements for the college.

Stadium Specifications:

View From Behind Home Plate

League                                         Frontier League

Owner                                           Normal Professional Baseball Club LLC

Architect                                     Pendulum Studio

Hard Construction                 $9,000,000.00

Fixed Armchair Seats           3,500

Bench Seats                               1,000

Grass Berm                                3,000

First Base Suites

Premium Suites                        10

Suite/Classroom                      2

Beer Garden                               2

Party Deck (Right Center)    100

Paved Parking                           600

Grass Parking                            600

Field Dimensions:

Left Field                               328

Left Power Alley                 370

Center Field                          400

Right Power Alley              370

Right Field                            328

Stadium Features:

Corn Field Berm

Drive-In Movie Screen

Artificial Turf Field – With Removable Mound (for softball)

Soccer Practice Field

Softball Practice Field

Concert Configuration

Pendulum Studio Profile

Firm History

The principal owners of Pendulum Studio, Devan Case and Jonathan Cole, developed a lasting friendship and professional bond in 1999 while working for HNTB Corporation.  As staff architects they were teamed to design O’Brien Field in Peoria, Illinois and U.S. Steel Yard in Gary, Indiana.  They share a combined 20 years of sports facility design experience serving as a testament to their dedication to the sports marketplace.

Pendulum’s breadth of experience and proven leadership in more than a dozen built facilities across the nation allows us to speak with authority about the relevance of designs of the past while setting the bar for where we believe design is headed in the future.  We recognize the importance of revenue generating amenities and the overall fan experience, both of which are critical to securing profitable successive seasons and overall longevity in the marketplace.


  1. Lance

    June 4, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    I visited this great new ballpark last night and it is GREAT to see a game there ! If you have the extra $ they have an interesting behind the plate MVP Scout ticket deal..

    Check out the various concessions and the store. Local Chicago style pizza included among the various food fare. A cool souvenier drink cup is a reasonable 4 dollars. Pepsi is the official soft drink distributer. The ballpark staff and workers do a very good job keeping the place clean and with help directions.

    The only trouble you might have is that the parking is not yet finished so they run a shuttle from nearby Heartland College if you don’t get there early enough. The sod is still taking on the berm but it is safe,at a great viewing angle and comfortable.


    June 29, 2012 at 10:13 am

    I came to the stadium bringing my grandson to
    attempt a pitching camp. I was totally impressed.
    The camp was outstanding and the facility is just
    awesome. I plan on bringing him to a game in July
    and urge everyone to support this central Illinois facility

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