Tink Larson Field, built in the 1930s as part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal, burned to the ground on Wednesday night in a fire that quickly consumed most of the wooden grandstands and concession stand.
Local newspapers are reporting that firefighters were called to the field around 8:11 p.m., and remained on the scene for hours putting out hot spots and flames that continued to burn.
The fire was focused in the wood bleachers, located directly behind home plate. It quickly spread to the concession stand, also made of wood.
Hundreds of local residents lined the streets near the field. One of those watching was Tink Larson, the man who the field is named after, and who still maintains the field.
He had the field renamed after him in the 1970s when it was almost torn down due to rotting bleachers. He worked with the city to not only replace the bleachers, but also to install lights. He then became the full time caretaker of the field.
The field has been used over the years by numerous teams, at levels ranging from high school to town ball. One unique feature was that it had seats in it that were at the old Metropolitan Stadium, which was torn down in the 1970s in favor of the Metrodome.
The Waseca High School team was scheduled to play their home opener there on Friday night. As of right now, there are no details as to where that game will played.
Dave St. Peter, the President of the Minnesota Twins, tweeted his thoughts on the field, saying “Praying no one was hurt. Waseca’s Tink Larsen Field is a MN treasure. Baseball community will rally.”