The Outfield Ballpark Apartments Draws on the Appeal of the Stadium District


An artist rendering of The Outfield at Cooley Law School Stadium set to be completed April 2016.

In recent years, the Stadium District has garnered the patronage of Lansingites and tourists alike. Home to the Cooley Law School Stadium, the Lansing Center, the Lansing City Market, and most recently the Beer Grotto and Lansing Brewing Company, the Stadium District attracts a diverse array of visitors each year. It is a cornerstone of the Lansing community and a shining example of placemaking.

Placemaking is a multi-faceted approach to planning, design, and management of public spaces that capitalizes on local community assets.

The Outfield, an $11 million apartment project at Cooley Law School Stadium, is the latest development in the Stadium District. Developed by the Gillespie Group, the four-story building will have as many as 84 apartments when it’s finished by the start of the Lansing Lugnuts’ season in April 2016.

Apartments will be built above a new fan concourse expected to open by June 1 in the outfield. They will include mostly one- and two-bedroom units. Six will be “micro units” of about 380 square feet.

The Outfield is part of a two-year project to modernize the downtown ballpark. In April 2016, a $13.5 million renovation of the city-owned stadium will be complete, including updated scoreboards, seats, locker rooms, bathrooms, and concessions areas.

The new concourse will feature a covered picnic area, a craft beer bar, and a year-round banquet space for rent. It also will serve as the base of the Outfield apartments

The Gillespie Group has had a list of interested tenants since the announcement of the project.