Lake Elsinore’s Diamond Stadium, home of the Storm, High-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, is named the 20202 Ballpark Digest’s ‘Best of Ballparks’ High-A champion. Valley News/Time Stood Still Photography photo

LAKE ELSINORE — Even without players on the field, the Diamond, home of the Lake Elsinore Storm, High-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, has a new title: Ballpark Digest’s Best of Ballparks High-A champion. The annual award, now in its sixth year, is the first time awarded to the California League stadium. The Lake Elsinore Storm is a Class A California League affiliate of the San Diego Padres since 2001, notable alumni to wear the Storm uniform since then include Jake Peavy and Cory Kluber, the 2014 American League Cy Young Award winner.

The Diamond has been continuing to upgrade its facilities for the last several years, spending several million dollars to include features such as upgraded seating, premium entertainment locations, a full service, year-round Tap Room with high-definition video board with brand-new stadium audio and video production capabilities. During this unprecedented time, they continue their renovations and are excited to unveil them to their fans, as soon as fans are allowed back into the stadium.

The Diamond in Lake Elsinore, built in 1994, has hosted hundreds of thousands of fans for the past 26 seasons. Valley News/Time Stood Still Photography photo

“We have had our hands in the stadium design upgrades, as we continue to try to provide the best of upgrades and amenities to keep our fans engaged,” Christine Kavic, Storm chief financial officer and co-general manager, said. “Our fans help make us who we are, if they are happy then we are too.”

The 6,000-plus seat stadium was built in 1994 and has hosted hundreds of thousands of fans for the past 26 seasons, featuring West Coast Thunder, Nitro Circus, high school graduations and much more. The Diamond faced competition for the award with 28 other High-A ballparks around the country, some of which are brand-new facilities.

“We are in the business of creating memories, there is no better place to do it than in Diamond Stadium,” Shaun Brock, Storm CEO and co-general manager, said.

For more information on the Lake Elsinore Storm, visit www.stormbaseball.com or www.diamondtaproom.com.

Article contributions made by Natalie Gates, Lake Elsinore Storm fulfillment and operations manager.

JP Raineri can be reached by email at sports@reedermedia.com.