Bright House Field (formerly Bright House Networks Field) is a baseball stadium located in Clearwater, Florida, in the United States. The stadium was built in 2004 and has a maximum seating capacity of 8,500 people (7,000 fixed seats with additional grass berm seating for 1,500). The ballpark is the spring training home of the Philadelphia Phillies, and their Class A affiliate, Clearwater Threshers of the Florida State League. A sculpture titled The Ace by artist Kevin Brady stands at the ballpark's west entrance plaza.
The Phillies played their first spring-training game at the park on March 4, 2004. 8,205 fans watched the Phils beat the New York Yankees 5-1. Vicente Padilla started for the Phillies, Marlon Byrd had the park's first hit, and Jimmy Rollins hit the first home run. Bright House Field hosted the 44th Florida State League All-Star Game on June 18, 2005. A crowd of 5,547 saw the West defeat the East 6-4. The Sarasota
Reds' Chris Dickerson hit a two-run home run, scored two runs, and earned the game's Star of Stars Award.
Future major league players who appeared in the game included Dickeron, Reggie Abercrombie, Carlos Villanueva, and Sean Marshall. Threshers pitcher Julio De La Cruz pitched the first no-hitter at the ballpark on August 18, 2006. De La Cruz beat the Sarasota Reds 5-0 in front of 5,906 fans on "Pitch for Pink Night" in Clearwater. The Threshers wore special pink uniforms to raise money for breast cancer research and awareness. It was the first no-hitter for Clearwater since 1992.
The single-game attendance record for the Threshers was set on July 3, 2008, when 9,090 saw Clearwater defeat the Lakeland
Flying Tigers, 4 to 3. The all-time attendance record for the field is 10,724, set on March 22, 2010, for a spring-training game in which the Phillies hosted the New York Yankees. The spring-training attendance mark for Bright House Field is 143,500, set in 2009.