Top College Baseball Stadiums 2012
Here’s a look at some of the finest college baseball stadiums from across the country:
Goodwin Field – Cal State Fullerton:
Four time national champion CSF is one of the most storied programs in college baseball history, and it comes a wonderful facility they call home- Goodwin Field. Capacity of 3,500 it is considered one of the great parks in college baseball. The titans love playing at home with a 438-139 record at Goodwin there is no doubt the titans have a home field advantage.
Lubrano Park – Penn State:
With a 34.2 million dollar price tag, you bet Lubrano Park is one of the nicest in college baseball. With a capacity of 6,000, it provides a great home field advantage for the Nittany Lions. A unique feature of the park is the RF wall, which is 18.55 ft to commemorate the founding of the university. With beautiful scenery beyond the outfield, Lubrano Park is a hidden gem in college baseball.
Reckling Park – Rice:
Since Wayne Graham has taken over at Rice, all the owls have done is win. Including a National Championship in 2003, the Owls have won 758 games in his 17 seasons. Rice built a great facility in 2000-Reckling Park-which can hold 5,700 fans and is highlighted by a beautiful backdrop of the city of Houston. The “roost” down the left field line not only gives fans an awesome place to be closer to the action, it also allows them to heckle the opposing team’s pitcher as they are warming up. The Owls ranked 14th in the country in average attendance last year, and should see that number rise with a preseason top 10 ranking.
Samford Stadium at Plainsman Park – Auburn:
This park has a unique field and some unique dimensions which make it great. With a capacity of 4,096, it is not as big as other SEC schools, but it still has a wonderful atmosphere. In left field there is a 37 foot high wall dubbed the “green monster” (sound familiar?) which reminds fans of Fenway Park. The home teams bullpen is behind left field, which forces the media to use monitors in order to know who is warming up. The brick lining behind home plate and the giant scoreboard in left field makes the park as pleasing to the eye as any you will find.
Hawk Field – Nebraska:
With a capacity of 8,500, it easy for opponents to see a sea of red in the stands and there is no wonder why Hawks field is on this list. Down the right field line there is a playground which makes this venue great for families. This field is the first in college baseball to use the sub air system, which can heat or cool the playing surface year round. Since moving into this park they have been in the top 25 in attendance every year.
Dick Howser Stadium – Florida State: The program at FSU has been one of the best in the country for a long time, with 20 College World Series appearances and a ranking in the top 10 in attendence annually. With a capacity of 6,700 it makes for one of the best game day atmosphere’s in college baseball. Dick Howser also features one of the great traditions in all of college baseball, where FSU fans sing the Canadian National Anthem during the 5th inning.
Disch-Falk – Texas:
When you think of the Longhorns, you think of athletics- and Head Coach Augie Garrido has built one of the top programs in the country at Texas. With six national titles it is no surprise that recruits flock to play for the Longhorns. When it comes to facilities they are always at the top of the list. Disch Faulk is one of the nicest baseball facilities in the country, and with a capacity 6,756, there is plenty of burnt orange in the stands. Last year, Texas ranked 5th in the country in attendance, averaging 6,500 fans a game. In 2005 the stadium went through a face lift, adding over 100 premium seats, as well as new suites, field turf, and a new weight lifting facility. The extremely passionate Longhorn fans make for a great game day atmosphere.
Doug Kingsmore Stadium – Clemson:
Regularly in the top 10 in attendance, the Clemson baseball program has a tremendous fan base. Coach Jack Leggitt has continued the winning tradition at Clemson and Doug Kingsmore stadium has given the Tigers a great home field advantage. Clemson has played in the stadium for 41 years and has a winning percentage of 81 percent. With a capacity of 6,217 there is plenty of room for the family to enjoy the game. The Hall of Fame area showcases the tradition the program and there is a giant replay board and patio area above the grandstands. When taking in a game at DKS, you can feel the electricity and passion the fans, making it one of the best venues in college baseball.
Swayze Field – Ole Miss:
Hotty Toddy is the term used in Oxford and it is used often at Swayze Field. One of the best gameday atmospheres in all of college baseball provides many traditions that make it a unique place to take in a game. A capacity of 8,500 helped Ole Miss rank second in the country in attendance last year. With a left and right field terrace lined with students, Ole Miss gives fans the close- to- the- action feel they are looking for. Between each inning after warmups the Ole Miss RF throws a ball into the stands, and the students write a message on it and throw it back to him the next inning. Beer showers after walk off home runs and of course a good heckling of the opposing outfielders create a rowdy home field advantage. The amenities are first class and give fans a great place to watch a game. If you are a baseball fan and get the opportunity take a trip to Oxford, make sure to catch a game at Swayze field.
Alex Box Stadium – LSU:
The gold standard for facilities in college baseball is Alex Box Stadium . A Capacity of 10,326 means that if you aren’t a Tiger you are Tiger bait. Coming into this stadium as an opposing player can be daunting, since most stadiums you play in aren’t of this size or filled with 10,000 screaming fans. The Box ranked number one in the nation for attendance last year with an average of 10,534 fans. A giant scoreboard sits in left field, and LSU’s six National Championship flags are highlighted in center. Any visitor can feel the mystique of the program upon walking into the park. The fans are right on top of the action- the pitchers in the bullpen could reach up and touch fans, which makes things uncomfortable for the visiting team. For the players, there is the state of the art locker room, team lounge, and weight room. The new Alex Box is the premier facility in college baseball.
Carolina Stadium- University of South Carolina
Opened in 2009, Carolina Stadium has quickly gained a reputation as being one of the top-notch college baseball facilities in not only the SEC, but in the nation. The Gamecocks had an average attendance of 7, 431 in 2011, including 10 sellouts. Overall, the stadium has a total capacity of 9,000, with 6,400 of those being chair-back seats. Other amenities include a Suite & Club level, 47 x 44 foot video scoreboard, and a state-of-the-art wireless capable press box.
For the players, the stadium boasts a first-class locker room, weight room, and indoor practice facility- helping the Gamecocks attract top recruits year after year.
All information and photos from Gamecocks Athletics Official Website.
Dudy Noble Field, Polk-DeMent Stadium – Mississippi State
MSU baseball is full of tradition, playing on the current site for 46 years. The most recent renovations over the past four years include a new high definition video board, a new sound system, and new chair-back seating in the grandstands.
All pictures and info can be found at Hail State, Official Website of Mississippi State Athletics.