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2013 College Baseball Ballpark Rankings

By Paul Swaney -- June 25, 2013 11:25 AM EDT


Over the past two seasons we have visited about half of the ballparks in Division I college baseball, and we present our rankings of the overall experience. We plan to complete our first pass through college baseball, with 153 additional visits next season. Factors we include in our ratings are food and beverage in the ballpark, overall atmosphere, the neighborhood, the fans, access (which includes parking, traffic, restrooms, and concourses), return on investment, and an "extras" category for any unique or bonus points. We use our official ratings when determining the ranking with "crowd reviews" - those reviews from our members - as our primary tiebreaker. Without further ado, our 2013 college baseball ballpark rankings along with an excerpt from each review:

  1. Dudy Noble Field - Home of the Mississippi State Bulldogs

    It's been a great year for the Bulldogs of Mississippi State with a trip to the College World Series in Omaha. Considered by many to be one of the top on-campus baseball venues in the country, Dudy Noble Field at Polk-DeMent Stadium has played host to the top ten highest-attended on-campus baseball games in NCAA history. The stadium was the host site of the first SEC tournament and hosted its 12th NCAA regional in 2013. Make this the first stop on your college baseball bucket list in 2014.

  2. Carolina Stadium - Home of the South Carolina Gamecocks

    With the grand opening of the new Carolina Stadium on the 21st of February, 2009, a new standard was born in Columbia. That fateful day, the doors were first opened to the general public to what has become recognized by many as one of the finest college baseball facilities one can visit in the country. An era of high expectations and of dominance has ensued in the following years, as the Gamecocks' sterling home record indicates. Proudly hanging along the opposites side of the great center field wall are the 2010 and 2011 championship banners - the first two national championships of any sport in South Carolina athletics history.

  3. Baum Stadium at George Cole Field - Home of the Arkansas Razorbacks

    Baum Stadium at George Cole Field is the baseball home of the Arkansas Razorbacks in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The ballpark opened in 1996 and has been renovated four times since then, with three of the four renovations resulting in expansions of the park’s seating. With a total capacity of 10,737, Baum Stadium is the fourth-largest college baseball venue in the United States and the second-largest in the SEC. It also consistently leads the nation in attendance, ranking second nationally in attendance during the 2012 season. The field is named after George Cole, the former Arkansas Athletic Director, and the stadium is named after Charlie and Nadine Baum, Walmart investors and financial backers of the stadium.

  4. Haymarket Park - Home of the Nebraska Cornhuskers

    In 2002, the Huskers moved to Haymarket Park and they have called it home ever since. The stadium has 4,500 seats and can hold an additional 4,000 in the grass berms beyond the outfield wall. The field has won numerous honors for being among the best fields in the country to play on. In 2012, a college baseball writer ranked the field as the fourth best “big game” atmosphere in college baseball. Haymarket Park is the first collegiate venue to use a system (SubAir) that can heat and cool a field year round, a useful feature in Lincoln.

  5. UFCU Disch–Falk Field - Home of the Texas Longhorns

    Located on the southeast quadrant of the campus, the ballpark was opened in 1975 and named for two Longhorn coaches, Billy Disch and Bibb Falk, who might be more famous for replacing Joe Jackson in right field after the 1919 Black Sox scandal. The UFCU sponsorship began in 2006, and the stadium underwent comprehensive renovations between then and 2009. Among the new features were the installation of FieldTurf and a new façade. These changes have left Disch-Falk Field in nearly perfect condition and make it an absolute joy to visit.

  6. Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium - Home of the Florida State Seminoles

    With no cost for parking, fair concession prices, and general admission seating for as little as $24 dollars for a family of four, fans going to Dick Howser Stadium get to see a top-ten baseball program in a high quality venue for a low price. Led by the Animals of Section B, the fans at Dick Howser Stadium rarely let a quiet moment occur during the game. Shannon Thomas, the current zoo keeper of the Animals of Section B, said the group took its name after a fan threw onions at the group and called them a bunch of animals, galvanizing the group to keep up their actions.

  7. Alex Box Stadium - Home of the LSU Tigers

    Named our best college ballpark of 2012, the stadium is named after former player Alex Box, who lettered on the 1942 team. Box was killed while fighting in North Africa during World War II in 1943. In 2009, LSU’s baseball team moved into a new and improved version of Alex Box Stadium just a few hundred yards south of its original. In the new facility, the Tigers enjoy more locker and meeting room space. Alex Box Stadium is helping keep LSU’s tradition strong in winning and fan support, and the experience is well worth it.

  8. Goodwin Field - Home of the Cal State Fullerton Titans

    The atmosphere at Goodwin Field has it all; from the serenity of the birds chirping from the nearby arboretum to the intense rock music pouring through the sound system during the game. Fans can't help but to feel a sense of awe upon arriving at the stadium. The scoreboard facing the parking lot, the outfield fence, the clubhouse, and the concourse all constantly remind fans that they are in the company of winners.

  9. Hawkins Field - Home of the Vanderbilt Commodores

    In a major U.S. city that doesn’t have a Major League Baseball team, the Vanderbilt Commodores are quickly starting to become Nashville’s baseball team. As for their home, Hawkins Field, it’s about as nice as you can ask for in college baseball. Everything from the brick layout to the Vandy logo etched into the outfield turf makes Hawkins Field a place you have to visit during the college baseball season. If you can’t make it up to Boston for a Red Sox game to see their infamous Green Monster, Hawkins Field has one of its own. At just over a decade old, Hawkins Field gives the baseball fan the ultimate experience.

  10. PK Park - Home of the Oregon Ducks

    With the University of Oregon financing the project, you had to have known Phil Knight would not settle for anything less than the best. The seats, like the university's basketball and football stadiums, are positioned as close to the field of play to give fans the ultimate experience. Hugging around the curvature of the field, seats go from behind home plate to both base lines, stopping before hitting the outfield.

  11. Hi Corbett Field - Home of the Arizona Wildcats

    The Arizona Wildcats moved into Hi Corbett Field prior to the 2012 season. Built in 1937, Hi Corbett Field has played host to several professional baseball teams. Primarily used for minor league baseball, Hi Corbett has seen the Tucson Toros, Lizards, Javelinas and Cowboys. It was also the headquarters for USA baseball from 1997-2003, and has played host to spring training for the Cleveland Indians (1947-1992) and Colorado Rockies (1993-2010). The movie “Major League” was mostly filmed at Hi Corbett before the Indians moved out. A lot of the extras used in the movie were University of Arizona baseball players at the time.

  12. Reckling Park - Home of the Rice Owls

    One of the most beautiful and fan friendly college ballparks in America can be found in Houston, Texas on the campus of Rice University. Constructed in 2000, Reckling Park is home to a perennial power, the Rice Owls baseball team. With a grand majority of chairback seats throughout the seating areas and grass berm in the outfield, the park provides a high level of comfort to fans as they cheer on the Owls to yet another berth into the Division I college baseball postseason. It’s hard to find a better local community around the stadium than Rice Village and the Hermann Park Conservancy. Overall, the experience at Reckling Park is one that any college baseball fan should put on their stadium journey bucket list.

  13. Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park - Home of the Texas A&M Aggies

    There is a section of fans that call themselves Raggies as they constantly "rag" opponents, other fans, and even the PA announcer. Sitting in section 202, they have a wide repertoire of responses to whatever may happen on the field or in the stands. For example, when a foul ball is hit into the stands and a fan is unable to make a catch, they yell "Eeeeeeeee" as in error. When an opposing player strikes out, they make shooting noises to the theme song of "The Rifleman". The list goes on and on, and it is worth taking in a game here just for this unique fan group.

  14. Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium - Home of the Charlotte 49ers

    Once you pass through the entrance gate, the view of the stadium opens up to display the field and many campus buildings beyond the outfield wall. Many of the school's athletic facilities are visible in the distance, including those for softball, basketball and the shared facility for soccer and track and field. These views, along with the accompanying academic buildings in the background, really give the fan a sense of location and an attractive visual interest.

  15. Lindsey Nelson Stadium - Home of the Tennessee Volunteers

    Nothing will probably ever eclipse the amount of excitement that goes on at Neyland Stadium, but there’s another stadium within short walking distance that has plenty of excitement of its own on the University of Tennessee’s campus. Lindsey Nelson Stadium serves as home of the Tennessee baseball program, and man, does it have a lot to show off. The stadium has been through two different phases of renovations since 2009, with the expansion of seating and the ballpark’s version of “club level” seating. Fans aren’t just crazy about their football in SEC country. They’re also just as passionate about their baseball, and the Volunteers have a perfect stage on which to play America’s pastime.

  16. Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field - Home of the Southeastern Louisiana Lions

    Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field, home to the Southeastern Louisiana Lions, is an under-the-radar college baseball mid-major gem. Though the park won’t wow you with electronic displays (no video-boards) or unique concession items, Alumni Field has the classic elements which provide a great college baseball atmosphere.

  17. Klein Field at Sunken Diamond - Home of the Stanford Cardinal

    The Sunken Diamond consistently ranks as one of the most beautiful venues in college baseball. This is due in part to the trees that hug the outer rim of the venue and the mountains in the background that make this a nearly perfect place to take in a baseball game. The stadium is located at one of the most picturesque universities in the nation and be sure to check out the architecture viewable from inside and outside of the ballpark.

  18. Fowler Park and Cunningham Field - Home of the San Diego Toreros

    This is as good as a baseball atmosphere gets. From the moment fans set foot on the McGee Family Entry Deck, another world comes before them. They stare down at a gorgeous baseball diamond with views of the green hiking trails beyond left field and the unique architecture of the school beyond right. San Diego often serves up loads of warmth and sunshine, leaving fans not too cold and not too warm.

  19. Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park - Home of the Texas Tech Red Raiders

    Since West Texas is known as a hotbed for high school and college football, baseball doesn’t get quite the same level of hype, but the area residents are just as passionate about the sport. Fans, alums, and students show their passion for Red Raider baseball at the beautiful Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park on the campus of Texas Tech University.

  20. Boshamer Stadium - Home of the North Carolina Tar Heels

    North Carolina's Boshamer Stadium may not be the newest park in the conference – it was built in 1972 – but recent renovations and added creature comforts have transformed the facility into a building that can compete with almost any facility in the country and draw top recruits to Chapel Hill. The modern feel of this ballpark, combined with the complete inability to ignore the program's history once you are inside the gates, makes “The Bosh” a must-see destination for fans of college baseball in the southeastern United States and beyond.

  21. Oxford-University Stadium Swayze Field - Home of the Mississippi Rebels

    When you come to Swayze Field, you truly are coming to experience one of the best atmospheres of college baseball that you can find in this country. Whether you are a college baseball fan or not, Swayze is one place that you should visit at least once in your life.

  22. Dedeaux Field - Home of the USC Trojans

    Dedeaux Field was opened in 1974, which happened to be the same year the Trojans would win their NCAA record fifth consecutive College World Series championship. The venue is located in downtown Los Angeles and was named for former head coach Rod Dedeaux, who coached the program from 1942 to 1986 (45 years).

    The program has now 12 College World Series titles to its name, quite the feat considering the next highest school has just six. Though the stadium is approaching the end of its fourth decade, visiting fans would never guess it as numerous renovations over the years have kept the venue looking as one of the best in all of college baseball.

  23. Greer Field at Turchin Stadium - Home of the Tulane Green Wave

    The pride of Tulane University athletics is no doubt Greer Field at Turchin Stadium and Green Wave Baseball. Originally opened in 1991, Turchin received a massive facelift in 2008 at a cost of about $10.5 million. As part of the upgrades, Turchin Stadium now boasts a capacity of 5,000 with an impressive 2,700+ chairback seats. The ballpark is also equipped with private suites in the upper tier along the first baseline. In a growing trend, Turchin Field sports a Field Turf synthetic surface throughout the entire playing field.

    In addition to grabbing a chairback seat in a beautiful college baseball stadium, a game at Turchin also brings memorable time spent in the New Orleans area. Located just minutes from the ballpark you'll find the French Quarter and great restaurants. Win or lose, good times await inside the ballpark and will be found both before and after the game.

  24. Davenport Field - Home of the Virginia Cavaliers

    Davenport Field is not incredibly shiny or fancy. It is simple, elegant, and there are very few bells and whistles to distract fans from the game. From the time you set foot in the park, you know why you are there, and that is to watch baseball.

  25. Lupton Stadium - Home of the TCU Horned Frogs

    Before the game, country music is played at a reasonable level, and it fits in well with the setting. During the game, when a visiting player is at 2 strikes or another key game situation is at hand, fans stomp their feet on the metal underneath the bleachers, which creates a neat sound. There are no distractions between innings, and the crowd noise and ambiance works well for the size of the venue.

  26. Earl E. Wilson Stadium - Home of the UNLV Rebels

    Many programs claim to play baseball in paradise, but only one can make the claim in a literal sense. With Paradise, NV being home for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Rebels, this is one ballpark that fans from all over the country will gladly travel to.

  27. Packard Stadium - Home of the Arizona State Sun Devils

    The Packard Stadium era is coming to a close after the 2014 season when the Devils will move to nearby Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Packard seats just over 4,000 people, with 3,000 of those being permanent seats in the main grandstand. There are also field level seats right behind home plate, and general admission lawn seating down each baseline. Packard has one of the best views of any stadium in Arizona, and probably one of the best in college baseball. Located at the corner of Rural and Rio Salado in Tempe, it looks out to Tempe Town Lake, as well as Karsten Golf Course, the Superstition Mountains, and the landscaping that surrounds the outfield wall.

  28. Eddy D. Field Stadium - Home of the Pepperdine Waves

    Pepperdine’s main campus is in Malibu, just north of LA and right off the Pacific Coast Highway, comfortably nestled in the seaside cliffs that make the area so scenic. In the middle of campus is their jewel of a ballpark, which was opened in 1973 and has undergone several renovations in the intervening years.

  29. Les Murakami Stadium - Home of the Hawaii Rainbows

    Les Murakami Stadium sits with a capacity of 4,312 and has three WAC titles to its name. Of the total seats, over 85% of them are covered to protect fans from the “Manoa Mist” that frequently makes appearances.

  30. Evans Diamond - Home of the California Golden Bears

    There seems to be renewed sense of pride in Cal baseball now that fans and alumni have helped save the program. The fans at Cal take great pride in the players from the program that have moved on to MLB; a list that includes Jeff Kent, Conor Jackson, Lance Blankenship and Brandon Morrow.

  31. UNCG Baseball Stadium - Home of the UNC Greensboro Spartans

    UNCG Baseball Stadium is a relaxed facility, in more ways than one. There is plenty of room to stretch out, relax and enjoy the game without feeling cramped. There are also minimal intrusions from wacky sound effects and excess crowd noise. If you're looking for a nicely-maintained facility that allows you to appreciate the outdoors and the national pastime, make a note to add a UNCG game to your travel itinerary.

  32. Robin Baggett Stadium - Home of the Cal Poly Mustangs

    The most notable extra is witnessed just as fans pass through the gates at Baggett Stadium. There stands a sculpture of Osbourne Earl Smith, better known to most baseball fans as Ozzie Smith or "the Wizard." He played at Cal Poly from 1974 through 1977 before going on to have a Hall of Fame career with the Padres and Cardinals.

  33. Bart Kaufman Field - Home of the Indiana Hoosiers

    New for 2013 is Bart Kaufman Field, a structure built to replace the outdated Sembower Field and bring Hoosier baseball into a new era. While Indiana has always been a basketball school in this basketball-crazy state, Kaufman Field is helping to raise the profile of the baseball program as it enters into a new level of competition.

  34. Doak Field at Dail Park - Home of the North Carolina State Wolfpack

    Doak Field has actually been the home of the Wolfpack since 1966. However, the surrounding seating, concessions, offices, press boxes and team facilities were part of a 2002 renovation, which is known as Dail Park. Since the renovations, NC State has never had a losing record. Additionally, the Wolfpack have hosted two regionals at their new home (2012, 2013).

  35. Mark Light Field at Alex Rodriguez Park - Home of the Miami (FL) Hurricanes

    What do you get with a program that has won four national championships, has notable alumni such as Ryan Braun, Mike Piazza, and Pat Burrell, and a location right in the heart of Miami? One of the best on campus baseball stadiums in Division I baseball. Opening in 1973, the stadium was originally only called Mark Light Field, after George Light, who was a fan of the team, donated money for its construction. Instead of having it named after himself, and dedicated it to his son Mark, who passed away due to muscular dystrophy.

  36. McKethan Stadium - Home of the Florida Gators

    The weather can be a concern when visiting the Mac. There is not a bit of shade in the ballpark where you can watch the game. On occasions it is so hot that they have cooling fans like you see at college and pro football games to keep the players cool and on the concourse level for the fans. You have to go down about every three innings and stand in front for a half inning or so and then go back in the stands for about three more innings. But if you go to a night game or go early in the year before it gets too hot, then it's a nice place to watch a game.

  37. Russell C. King Field - Home of the Wofford Terriers

    Russell C. King Field, the Terriers' on-campus home, fits perfectly into this picturesque campus. With stone columns near the stadium entrance, scenic buildings visible just behind the seating bowl and large magnolia trees providing shade down the right field line, it would be easy to imagine that this park was included in the school's original design. No matter the on-field product at Wofford, Russell C. King Field always gives you the feeling of being in the old South, and charm goes a long way.

  38. Bobcat Ballpark - Home of the Texas State Bobcats

    The University has been active in renovations over the last few years, including putting a video scoreboard in the outfield. That concluded in 2009, before the team’s home opener that season. The listed seating capacity is 2,000, but the school manages to get more students and fans into the stadium by squeezing tight in the bleachers and having places to view the game along the foul lines behind each fence. From home plate to the outfield, the stadium runs 330 feet to the foul poles in left and right field, and 404 feet to center field. No matter what conference Texas State is playing in over the next few years, its baseball stadium will continue to be one of the strong points of the athletic department with respect to the other schools in the conference

  39. John Henry Moss Stadium - Home of the Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs

    John Henry Moss Stadium opened in 2011, and its place among the top facilities in the Big South Conference has quickly been established. The park seats only 700, with an intimate feel that is perfect for the campus on which it resides. Gardner-Webb may not offer the largest ballpark in the country, but they do provide a truly comfortable and enjoyable baseball experience.

  40. Robert J. Bobb Stadium at Hyames Field - Home of the Western Michigan Broncos

    In 1947 the first ever College World Series was played. No, it wasn’t in Omaha. The games were played on the campus of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The site of the games was Hyames Field, named for WMU head baseball coach and Athletic Director Judson Hyames. Playing 1B for Yale was future President of the United States George H.W. Bush. With that backstory, you know you’re in for a historic experience.

  41. Pete Taylor Park - Home of the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles

    Located in the Pine Belt region of Mississippi, Pete Taylor Park serves as the host of the Golden Eagles of Southern Mississippi. The ballpark is located in an area that has produced powerhouse high school programs at the state and national levels; the stadium fits in with the love of baseball found in the region. Pete Taylor Park hosted the 1996, 2005, and 2009 Conference USA baseball tournament. Fans who make the trip to Hattiesburg should leave with good memories in hand.

  42. Duffy Bass Field - Home of the Illinois State Redbirds

    For more than 25 years the baseball program at Illinois State University has called Duffy Bass Field home. The original structure featured limited seating and was lacking in many modern amenities. In 2006, then-athletic director Dr. Sheahon Zenger unveiled the Redbird Renaissance Capital Campaign, the purpose of which was to propel Illinois State's Athletic Complexes into the 21st century. The $3.2 million renovation saw Duffy Bass Field transform from what could have been considered a temporary structure into one of the premier venues in the Midwest.

  43. Tony Gwynn Stadium - Home of the San Diego State Aztecs

    Few programs have the name recognition that fans will find at San Diego State. Kevin Kennedy, Bud Black, Tony Gwynn, Mark Grace, Stephen Strasburg: all names that are relevant from broadcasting to manager to hall-of-famer. The San Diego State baseball program is a favorite for coveted baseball recruits, due to the program’s success, the beautiful San Diego weather, and a manager that has more than a “fair-share” of success in baseball. The current home of the Aztecs was funded largely by John Moores, the former owner of the San Diego Padres. It was decided that the stadium would be named Tony Gwynn Stadium to honor the former Aztec baseball AND basketball standout.

  44. Baylor Ballpark - Home of the Baylor Bears

    Whether it’s taking in some quality college baseball action from one of the top Division I teams over the past decade, sipping Dr. Pepper in the soft drink’s birthplace, or eating some the best Texas BBQ you’ll ever have, Baylor Ballpark and the city of Waco should be on your short list for a future family visit.

  45. Siebert Field - Home of the Minnesota Golden Gophers

    Tucked behind the football team’s practice facility with a view of TCF Bank Stadium off in a distance from right field sits Siebert Field. The home of the Golden Gopher baseball team isn’t the most salient athletic facility at the University of Minnesota, but it is definitely worth a visit. Reconstructed in 2012, Siebert features an artificial turf field, state-of-the-art scoreboard and plenty of seating including grassy hills to watch the game. It is a wonderful experience for baseball fans, perfect for an afternoon out with family or friends without the hectic crowds of a big-time football game. In short, Minnesota Gopher baseball may be the most overlooked sporting event in the Twin Cities.

  46. Sewell-Thomas Stadium - Home of the Alabama Crimson Tide

    When someone mentions the University of Alabama, your first thoughts likely drift to the machine that is Alabama football – and rightfully so, given the unparalleled tradition the program has enjoyed over the years. Although it will never reach the level and passion of the football program, Bama baseball enjoys a storied tradition, owning 14 regular season and seven SEC tournament championships, 23 NCAA appearances and five trips to Omaha for the College World Series. Known as “The Joe”, Sewell-Thomas Stadium has been the home for Alabama baseball for over 60 seasons.

  47. Illinois Field - Home of the Illinois Fighting Illini

    Although it isn't the most aesthetically pleasing sight, the artificial turf is a plus as it greatly reduces weather cancellations, a problem which often plagues collegiate baseball teams in the Midwest. The plaques on the concourse naming past and present Illini in the big leagues is a nice way of bringing the history of the program alive.

  48. Frank Eck Stadium - Home of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish

    Many college baseball experiences you will find only friends and family of home and visiting players in the stand for the most part. At Notre Dame you can expect to find this mix with a smattering of other alumni, locals, and families. It's a fairly low-key group, but they will get excited when the Irish score, and the Notre Dame fight song is played over the PA.

  49. Larry H. Miller Field - Home of the BYU Cougars

    The state of Utah isn’t exactly a college baseball hotbed. Even so, Provo is home to one of the nation’s most impressive home fields. Completed in 2001, Miller Park is a baseball/softball complex that is “the first combined facility of its kind,” according to the BYU athletics website. The Cougar baseball team plays on Larry H. Miller Field.

  50. Jim Patterson Stadium - Home of the Louisville Cardinals

    Opened in 2005, Jim Patterson Stadium offers U of L fans the opportunity to see a baseball team on the rise. Local entrepreneur Jim Patterson’s seven figure donation to the athletic department spearheaded the initial construction costs of $8.5 million. Mr. Patterson and his wife then made another contribution in 2012 so that U of L could break ground on expanding the ballpark to a total capacity of 3,000. Additional funding for the $4 million expansion came from fans that purchased red baseballs for $300 and/or gold baseballs for $1,000, autographed them, and then placed them inside a U of L logo monument that stands in the hallway between the main concourse entrance and the seats behind home plate.

  51. Bear Stadium - Home of the Central Arkansas Bears

    When it comes to its athletic facilities, the University of Central Arkansas certainly is not afraid to dance to its own beat. The school’s purple-and-gray-striped gridiron at Estes Stadium is Exhibit 1A. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing, especially when it comes to Bear Stadium. The venue was built around a previously established baseball field to match the program’s rise in stature to Division I competition as a member of the Southland Conference.

  52. Jim Perry Stadium - Home of the Campbell Camels

    The Camels' home, Jim Perry Stadium is a brand-new stadium located on the campus of Campbell and is named for its main benefactor, Jim Perry. Perry was the 1970 Cy Young Award winner and played in the major leagues for 17 years. Even with these achievements, his brother, Gaylord Perry, has become the more famous of the two. Jim, however, spent his collegiate days at Campbell. The stadium only seats 630 people, but that creates an intimate environment that will please any baseball lover.

  53. Goss Stadium at Coleman Field - Home of the Oregon State Beavers

    Despite the age of the stadium, recent renovations keep it as a fine venue to catch a game. Being on campus gives it an extra special feel. Like Beavers' football and basketball games, it's nearly impossible to find a fan not wearing bright orange or black.

  54. Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park - Home of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons

    Significant renovations, completed in 2011, helped to personalize the facility for the Demon Deacons. With a brand-new playing surface, seats, video board and much more, Gene Hooks Field presents an interesting mix of historic and modern influences. This blend makes for one of the Atlantic Coast Conference's preferred destinations.

  55. Caesar Uyesaka Stadium - Home of the UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos

    It's difficult to imagine a setting much better for baseball than the one at UCSB baseball games. On most days, fans are treated to clear blue skies, the cool ocean breeze, and spectacular views of the Santa Ynez Mountains.

  56. Alexander Field - Home of the Purdue Boilermakers

    This is a state of the art ballpark. A majority of the seating consists of backed metal bleachers except for sections 109-114 which are plastic stadium seating. The bleachers are general admission seating while the chair back sections are reserved. The rows are rather steep so the person in front of you should not obstruct your view. Leg room is plentiful and cup holders are available in the chair back sections.

  57. Blair Field - Home of the Long Beach State Dirtbags

    The Long Beach baseball program has been known by many names over the years. The names have ranged from the formal such as California State University Long Beach, Long Beach State, Cal State Long Beach; to the more informal that include "the Beach", 49ers, Shortstop U, and the LBC. Since 1989 however, no name has been more popular than simply … the "Dirtbags." The school’s published nickname is the 49ers, and visitors will spot the name here and there, but the gift shops, the fans, and the stadium all refer to team as "Dirtbags." While not typically a flattering term, the name was coined during one of the programs largest runs at success.

  58. Wilson Field - Home of the Davidson Wildcats

    Davidson baseball has not experienced the same success as their hoops brethren, but they still put a competitive product on the field each season. The Wildcats call Wilson Field their home, and this on-campus facility recently celebrated 45 years of service. The ballpark, named for Davidson graduate and multi-sport star T. Henry Wilson, Jr., got its start in March 1967, though under a different name (Wildcat Park). Though Wilson Field's age is certainly evident if you look hard enough, it provides a pleasant and relaxing atmosphere in which to take in a game.

  59. Walter C. Latham Park - Home of the Elon Phoenix

    Elon baseball is rapidly becoming known as one of the top programs in the Carolinas and the southeastern United States, and they have a beautiful facility to match this success. The park is located next to Elon's football facility, Rhodes Stadium, as well as their continually-growing athletic complex. This makes for quite lively surroundings in and around Latham Park. If your travels lead you to north central North Carolina, you certainly owe it to yourself to see one of the elite programs in the Southern Conference.

  60. Barcroft Park - Home of the George Washington Colonials

    What used to to be a ballpark that was below the standard of a lot of high schools is now another point of pride for GW Athletics. A beautiful new turf field, a seating capacity of 500, enlarged dugouts, concessions and restrooms are just a few of the pieces of the transformation that has occurred.

  61. Melching Field at Conrad Park - Home of the Stetson Hatters

    Stetson does a really good job with the "extras". They do tee-shirt tosses and they have the ceremonial first pitch with the locals being involved. A student often leads the singing of the national anthem. The P.A. Announcer has a voice that suggests he must have had a career in radio. He is as professional as they come.

  62. Cleveland S. Harley Baseball Park - Home of the USC Upstate Spartans

    You will not find a goofy mascot wandering around, a bunch of on-field promotions, or anything silly at Harley Park. For fans of the game and not the between-innings trappings, this is just fine. Most of the intrusions are left to the PA announcer providing occasional updates on other Upstate sporting events, the occasional announcement and a classic rock soundtrack between innings.

  63. Brent Brown Ballpark - Home of the Utah Valley Wolverines

    Spectators are right on top of the playing field and with exception to preference on exposure to the elements, there really isn't a bad seat in the stadium. The scoreboard is high quality for a college baseball stadium, and the fact that the stadium is also home to the MiLB Orem Owlz doesn't hurt. The scoreboard displays the home photo roster, score inning by inning, pitch count and whether the result of a batter on base is ruled as a hit or error.

  64. Hammons Field - Home of the Missouri State Bears

    The most scenic view can be found in straight away center where a collection of trees complements the grass berms on either side and alludes to the surrounding Ozarks. There is only one gate to enter the stadium (behind home plate), but MSU cheerleaders greet fans, which is a nice touch. The cheerleaders also dance at the top of the concourse and on the dugouts during various stoppages of play.

  65. Ray Fisher Stadium - Home of the Michigan Wolverines

    Much has changed in the stadium’s history, most notably a $9 million renovation that was completed in 2008. The current facility offers a comfortable, if less than spectacular, venue to watch college baseball. Ray Fisher Stadium is part of the larger Wilpon Baseball and Softball Complex which also houses Alumni Field, home to Michigan women’s softball.

  66. Duane Banks Field - Home of the Iowa Hawkeyes

    Upgrades have been made to the stadium over the years including stadium chair back seats behind home plate in order to entice season ticket holders. Wooden bleachers were replaced with metal bleachers on either side of the stadium seats and fencing and drainage were also improved. Lights were installed in 2002, and paid for by a donation by former Hawkeye and major league pitcher, Cal Eldred. Other Hawkeye alums that went on to play in major league baseball are: Jim Sundberg, Mike Boddicker, Wes Obermueller, and current Houston Astros manager, Bo Porter.

  67. Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium - Home of the UCLA Bruins

    The baseball stadium opened in 1981 thanks to a private gift from Hoyt Pardee, a former classmate of Jackie Robinson. The new stadium would be UCLA’s sixth home field in its history and the famous Jackie Robinson statue was dedicated in 1985.

  68. Marge Schott Stadium - Home of the Cincinnati Bearcats

    In an area not known for a tradition of college baseball, Marge Schott Stadium has raised the profile. The park is a good example of the university trying to make the best use of its limited space. At a school that has fervently supported its basketball, and now football program, there is now a spring counterpart for students and local fans to rally around.

  69. Klein Family Field - Home of the Pacific Tigers

    Bud Klein, the namesake of the Stanford Cardinal’s Klein Field at Sunken Diamond, is also a member the honored family in Stockton. His father, Sol Klein, began many Stockton youth leagues and the baseball club that would eventually be known as the Ports. Many members of the Klein family have been Tigers and their support continues with the donation of this beautiful new facility for the baseball program.

  70. Malcolm U. Pitt Field - Home of the Richmond Spiders

    Pitt Field is a small ballpark, but has a lot to offer in terms of atmosphere. The seating area is surrounded by tall trees that give the park a cozy feel, and the lake as a backdrop is a nice touch.

  71. Latham Stadium - Home of the Furman Paladins

    You will certainly find bigger crowds at other universities, and you may even find louder groups. Furman baseball draws a loyal group of fans, though, and they are very welcoming. Southern hospitality goes a long way, and it is on display in the stands at Latham Stadium.

  72. Shipley Field - Home of the Maryland Terrapins

    Opened in 1965, Shipley Field holds 2,500 fans and puts together an interesting combination of synthetic turf in the infield and bermuda grass in the outfield. While the stadium isn't the easiest to find and the seats don't do too much as far as comfort, Maryland Terps baseball winds up and fires a good experience for fans who are looking for some intimate, competitive baseball.

  73. Pete Beiden Field - Home of the Fresno State Bulldogs

    From the statue of Pete Beiden beyond the seats on the third base line to the banners signifying conference and national championships and All-Americans, Beiden Field does a great job of honoring the rich history of Bulldog baseball. The memorabilia case near the concession stands showcase hats, bats, newspaper clippings, and trophies from years gone by. There is one section entirely devoted to the 2008 National Championship team.

  74. Joe Etzel Field - Home of the Portland Pilots

    The stadium has a relaxing and laid back feel to it. This is a great atmosphere for all ages. The stands aren't usually packed giving you many seating options before and during the game.

  75. Jay Bergman Field - Home of the UCF Knights

    The UCF Knights have a top-notch college baseball program. They have been to the NCAA Tournament 11 times since 1989 and have won six conference tournament championships and four regular season conference championships. If you recall the 2012’s Cinderella Story in college baseball, before the Stony Brook Seawolves beat LSU in the Super Regionals, they had to beat UCF twice in one day to even get that far. A top-level college baseball program in Florida means you are among the top in the game, and that probably means a good baseball park to stay competitive. UCF has a wonderful college ballpark in Jay Bergman Field.

  76. Cicerone Field at Anteater Ballpark - Home of the UC-Irvine Anteaters

    Just like the basketball program, the Anteaters baseball provides a value all fans can enjoy. The program's achievements in just over ten years should be applauded and local fans can certainly look forward to a prosperous future.

  77. Patterson Field - Home of the Gonzaga Bulldogs

    While students at Patterson may not show the same enthusiasm they have for the basketball program, the local fans here are as good and enthusiastic as you can find at any other top tier college baseball venue. The stadium is rated to hold 2,300 people, but even on a good day the ballpark sees roughly half of that.

  78. Petersen Sports Complex - Home of the Pittsburgh Panthers

    Opened in 2011, Charles L. Cost Field is the new home of the Pitt Panthers. The field is part of the Petersen Sports Complex that includes Pitt’s soccer and softball fields. Playing baseball in the Big East is a tough sell, especially with a major league team right in town. To find this nice of a college ballpark in the Appalachian Mountains is a pleasant surprise.

  79. George C. Page Stadium - Home of the Loyola Marymount Lions

    Though the Loyola Marymount Lions may not pack George Page Stadium with rowdy fans, it still provides an enjoyable baseball experience. Fans of all ages can easily get around the stadium for great views of the action that few venues offer. With the ease of access from many prominent Los Angeles landmarks, any sports fan in the area should stop in for a game.

  80. Dobbins Baseball Complex - Home of the UC Davis Aggies

    Dobbins Baseball Complex opened in 1986 as Community Stadium after being “built almost completely with volunteer time, materials and funds” according to the 2013 media guide. In 2002, Dobbins was upgraded with permanent restrooms and concession stands as well as a press box. These additions could help to make Davis a legitimate host for the NCAA regionals.

  81. Cougar Field - Home of the Houston Cougars

    Deep in the heart of southeast Texas you’ll find the University of Houston and Cougar Field, home to UH baseball. Located on campus, Cougar Field is a cozy venue that’s nice for college baseball and a family atmosphere. Whether it’s the Kid’s Zone or the grassy berms down both foul lines, the environment is great for a family day out. Even better, expect to catch some high quality college baseball against conference foes like Rice and Tulane at a very reasonable price. It sure doesn’t hurt that you’ll be in America’s 4th largest city with tons to do in the greater area. Overall, Cougar Field provides for solid college baseball experience.

  82. Shirley Povich Field - Home of the Georgetown Hoyas

    "The million-to-one shot came in. Hell froze over. A month of Sundays hit the calendar. Don Larsen today pitched a no-hit, no-run, no-man-reaches-first game in a World Series." You may ask yourself, what does this quote have to do with Georgetown baseball? It was written by one of the best sportswriters of the 20th century, Shirley Povich, whose name adorns the front of the home of the Hoyas baseball team.

  83. Cliff Hagan Stadium - Home of the Kentucky Wildcats

    Baseball has its charms at every level, and a University of Kentucky game at Cliff Hagan Stadium is no exception. A uniquely structured ballpark, this venue is tall and strictly behind home plate, rather than short and running down the baselines like many college parks. Renovations in the last decade have kept this 1969 structure in nice condition, though recent discussions have hinted that expansion may be necessary to make Lexington a more viable site for post-season series. Even so, Cliff Hagan Stadium is a great place for an afternoon or night out in Lexington.

  84. Reese Smith Jr. Field - Home of the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders

    The ballpark has a brick layout that gives it a beautiful presentation. The blue bucket seats are cozy and give off a nice presentation. You will have no problem at all enjoying yourself at Reese Smith Jr. Field if you enjoy going out to the ballpark for America's pastime. The audio system is crisp and you can sit as close as you want with your general admission ticket to get a real feel for the game.

  85. University Park Stadium - Home of the Florida International Panthers

    Tickets to get into the game are $7 for the general public and $5 for student, grad students, alumni, and faculty and staff. This is a decent price to see a decent FIU baseball team face off against Sun Belt opponents. With nothing special being done at the stadium though, you are paying for what you came for, which is to watch a baseball game; you don't get much more than that.

  86. Bill Davis Stadium - Home of the Ohio State Buckeyes

    Like a lot of the other sports at Ohio State University that aren’t football or basketball, Buckeye baseball is hidden in plain sight. Within the neighborhood of athletic facilities on the northwest corner of the Ohio State campus sits Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium, a well-equipped ballpark most minor league teams would envy. Swisher’s name may sound familiar as the former Buckeye and current New York Yankee donated $500,000 for the installation of a new turf field. Currently in a bit of lull for the attention of Columbus sports fans, Ohio State baseball has been a consistent competitor in the Big Ten and puts out a great product for those paying attention.

  87. Bush Stadium at Averitt Express Baseball Complex - Home of the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles

    You can't really argue with anything that is free in today's world, and attending a Tennessee Tech baseball game is free. Parking is also free, and the concession prices mean that you're probably going to spend around $5, and that's only if you decide to partake in the concessions. A free day out at the ballpark is always a good thing.

  88. Jackie Robinson Ballpark - Home of the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats

    This ballpark is the place where Jackie Robinson made his professional baseball debut for the Dodgers organization. Having an HBC power like the Wildcats as the home team in a place that doubles as a tribute to Robinson should be a recipe for success.

  89. McLane Baseball Stadium at Kobs Field - Home of the Michigan State Spartans

    The bronze statue, known as the Spartan, stands at the intersection of Kalamazoo Street, Chestnut Road and Red Cedar Road on the campus of Michigan State University. The iconic sculpture is probably more associated with the football team, but his glance is directed away from Spartan Stadium, and into right field of McLane Stadium.

  90. World War Memorial Stadium - Home of the North Carolina A&T Aggies

    The true hub of baseball history in the Gate City is at the intersection of Lindsay and Yanceyville Streets. World War Memorial Stadium served as the host for Greensboro baseball for nearly 75 years, before the Bats relocated and became the Grasshoppers. Opened and dedicated in 1926, the ballpark serves to honor residents of Guilford County who made the ultimate sacrifice in World War I. Plaques with the names of those who fell are just outside the entrance to the stadium. Astute fans may also notice the stadium's star turn as the origin of a road trip in the movie Bull Durham.

  91. Hayden Field - Home of the Xavier Musketeers

    Baseball has been played in this location in Cincinnati’s Evanston neighborhood for well over 90 years. Clearly, baseball history in Cincinnati runs much deeper than just the Reds and Great American Ball Park. Xavier baseball offers the Cincinnati sports fan something a bit different than their major league neighbors, or even their crosstown rivals, the Cincinnati Bearcats and Marge Schott Stadium: A basic experience that showcases the game. Even though it’s Division I college baseball, it feels like you’re watching a game in a community park. If you want a low-stress, inexpensive baseball experience, then this might be a good place for you.

  92. Vincent-Beck Stadium - Home of the Lamar Cardinals

    Where Texas and Louisiana meet at the Gulf Coast, you'll find the oil-town city of Beaumont and the pride of Southeast Texas, Lamar University. Nicknamed the Golden Triangle, the area is known for high school football talent, but Cardinal baseball has built a reputation as a perennial Southland Conference front runner and is no stranger to NCAA Regionals with 13 appearances since 1976. The Cardinals call on-campus Vincent-Beck Stadium home and have since 1969. The ballpark boasts a seating capacity of 3,500.

  93. Nischwitz Stadium - Home of the Wright State Raiders

    You walk up steps to the concourse which runs the length of the seating area, from the edge of the infield on the first base side to the opposite end on the third base side. No seating area is more than four rows deep ensuring that you're always close to the action.

  94. Clay Gould Ballpark - Home of the UT-Arlington Mavericks

    A commuter school looking to make a name for itself in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) starting in 2013, the University of Texas at Arlington’s best chance to accomplish that feat on a consistent basis is with its baseball team. The UTA Mavericks make their baseball home at Clay Gould Ballpark, just minutes away from The Ballpark in Arlington, where the Texas Rangers play their home games.

  95. Presley Askew Field - Home of the New Mexico State Aggies

    The outfield wall is full of banners celebrating the history of NMSU baseball. There are retired numbers, conference championship banners, and NCAA tournament appearance banners. Overall though, Parker Askew Field is a very basic place to watch baseball, but a very affordable one.

  96. Yale Field - Home of the Yale Bulldogs

    College baseball does not have much of a storied history in the Northeast. However, there is one notable exception and it comes from a university that is both storied and historic. At Yale, they have played on the same field since 1885 and a ballpark was built around that field in 1927. Many famous names have played at Yale Field and though Yale Field was renovated with new seating in 1993, much of the same character has been retained in the old ballpark.

  97. Rocky Miller Park - Home of the Northwestern Wildcats

    Rocky Miller Park, on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, is a very small and cozy ballpark. There’s very little to be overly excited about, however, this is the Big Ten, so you’ll see some of the best collegiate baseball in the Midwest. With a capacity of just 600, you may expect to see an uncomfortable set of bleachers. Instead you will be surprised and pleased to find faded purple plastic seats throughout with pretty good leg room, but no cup holders. In short, this is a cozy place to see a game when you’re on the north side of Chicago.

  98. Falcon Field - Home of the Air Force Falcons

    Field Turf was installed in 2009 assisting with Colorado winter conditions and water drainage. There are grassy berm areas (mostly behind the third base side) where dads can play catch with their sons and daughters and other tykes can run around exhausting their overwhelming energy. If you're going to a baseball game to see the game of baseball, this is your venue. It does not provide extra amenities; it just provides baseball.

  99. Husky Field - Home of the Houston Baptist Huskies

    A trip to Husky Field is well worth the five dollar price of admission if you are a true fan of the sport of baseball. Husky Field is a great and cheap place for a family outing. Just make sure to grab a bite to eat before or after the game.

  100. Theunissen Stadium - Home of the Central Michigan Chippewas

    Theunissen (pronounced ten-uh-son) Stadium has been the home of Central Michigan Chippewas baseball since 2002. The Chippewas have been relatively successful over the years with 13 appearances in the NCAA Tournament, most recently in 1995. However, the team has yet to appear in the College World Series. It’s a very comfortable and straight forward game day presentation when you’re at a CMU baseball game. As long as the weather cooperates, you can expect to have a beautiful day at the ballpark.

  101. Don Sanders Stadium - Home of the Sam Houston State Bearkats

    Located about 70 miles north of Houston, the city of Huntsville is home to Sam Houston State University and Don Sanders Stadium. Bearkat baseball has called the stadium home since 2006. The facility is fairly new and offers a cozy atmosphere for college baseball. Visiting fans will generally enjoy their overall experience with very affordable prices and great match-ups against Southland Conference opponents.

  102. William Peccole Park - Home of the Nevada Wolf Pack

    During the early and mid-1980s the University of Nevada's baseball team's future was in serious jeopardy. Support for the team at their off-campus home dwindled and the program was nearly discontinued. In steps William Peccole and his generous donation to kickstart a new on-campus ballpark. In 1988, Peccole Park opened on UNR's campus. After a few expansions the ballpark boasts a capacity of 3,000, permanent restrooms and concession stands, training rooms, and a paved parking lot.

  103. Smith's Ballpark - Home of the Utah Utes

    College baseball has long been a hard sell in Utah. A season that starts in February prevents local teams from playing at home for at least a month, stifling crowd momentum. Even with a massive fundraising effort underway by the Utah athletic department, it appears baseball is far down the priority list for the school with the smallest athletic budget in the Pac-12.

  104. John B. Schuerholz Park - Home of the Towson Tigers

    The official name of Towson's baseball venue is the John B. Schuerholz Baseball Complex. You might recognize John Schuerholz as a pretty accomplished fellow; he is a 1962 Towson alumnus and a former member of the baseball program, who currently serves as the team president of the Atlanta Braves. Schuerholz also provided a large donation to the university to help build the facility, as well as leading the efforts to raise the money to do so. The capacity of spectators in the bleacher area behind home plate is about 500. The complex officially opened in 2001, and there is no charge for attendance.

  105. John Sessions Stadium - Home of the Jacksonville Dolphins

    The few fans that are there are relatives of the players. They are friendly and informative. Since they know the players and travel to the away games, they can tell you about other ball parks in the league. The fans of both schools sit together. It is almost like a little league game where they root for their kid's team but not necessarily against the other team.

  106. Oestrike Stadium - Home of the Eastern Michigan Eagles

    For more than 40 years, the Eastern Michigan Eagles have played their home baseball games at Oestrike Stadium. Like many collegiate venues, the stadium was named for a former coach, Ron Oestrike, who led the team from 1965-1987. The facility has undergone a series of renovations dating back to 2000 when lights were installed thanks to a donation from the William G. Clark Family. The Eagles won their inaugural night game against local rival Michigan on a walk off home run by Nick Soliz.

  107. Gary Hogan Field - Home of the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans

    The exact date of the field’s construction is unknown, but the Trojans first started playing on it in 1978. Its infamous playing conditions forced the Trojans in the early ’80s to play some of their games at Ray Winder Field and Fort Roots Field in North Little Rock. Under Hogan’s guidance and fundraising ability, the park has steadily made an assortment of improvements -- including most recently the addition of polyurethane turf in the infield in place of standard AstroTurf in the field in 2011 -- to allow UALR to stay competitive in the Sun Belt Conference

  108. Robert Braddy Field - Home of the Jackson State Tigers

    Home to one of the hotter programs in SWAC baseball, Robert Braddy Field offers baseball fans a cheap ticket to catch college baseball in central Mississippi. While the ballpark, named after the former Jackson State athletic director, does not have the thrills that nearby Trustmark Park or the stadiums of the big three in Mississippi have, fans going to Jackson State can still have a quality experience for a fair price when taking in Tiger baseball in the 800 person capacity complex built in 2006.

  109. Henry Aaron Field - Home of the Milwaukee Panthers

    The only seating is found in metal bleachers behind home plate. Otherwise, bring your own chair or be ready to stand somewhere. It will resemble most high school fields you will ever see, and there likely are many high school fields that are more impressive than Henry Aaron Field.

  110. Turkey Hughes Field - Home of the Eastern Kentucky Colonels

    The listed capacity of Turkey Hughes Field is 500 spectators. The stadium consists of three sections of bleachers, each with ten rows, meaning no fans are far from the action at home plate. If they choose, fans can also stand along the brick wall past the dugouts on either the first or third baseline. The playing surface has a unique character; it features a synthetic turf infield which allows EKU games to be played in a variety of weather scenarios. The outfield remains the traditional patterned grass and the pitcher's mound is the expected dirt.

  111. L. Dale Mitchell Park - Home of the Oklahoma Sooners

    With 10 appearances in the College World Series to their credit, including two National Championships (1951 and 1994), this is one of the historic college baseball programs. It is a real pleasure to spend an afternoon at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

  112. Harmon Stadium - Home of the North Florida Ospreys

    The field looks as if it could use a good groundskeeper as it looks like a high school field. It just seems like the grass needs some attention, like it doesn't get mowed often enough.

  113. Winthrop Ballpark - Home of the Winthrop Eagles

    The historic facilities in Rock Hill, Legion Park and Municipal Stadium, are no more, having been replaced by Winthrop Ballpark. This on-campus facility seats just shy of 2,000 (1,989 is the official capacity) and is one of the cornerstones of Winthrop's athletics complex.

  114. Medlar Field at Lubrano Park - Home of the Penn State Nittany Lions

    Penn State baseball is the oldest varsity sport at the University, dating back to 1875. In fact, the school nickname came from a player on the team. Harrison Mason declared the local “Nittany Lion” more ferocious than a tiger during a game against Princeton in 1904. The story soon spread around campus and the Nittany Lion was adopted as the Penn State mascot.

  115. Riverside Sports Complex - Home of the UC-Riverside Highlanders

    California is known for its many National and State Parks, often drawing visitors from far-reaches of the earth. The University of California, Riverside campus seems to embrace the state’s culture with a variety of trees and flora surrounding the diamond.

  116. Dante Benedetti Diamond at Max Ulrich Field - Home of the San Francisco Dons

    Though University of San Francisco is better known for its basketball and soccer programs, the Dons baseball program is formidable. The USF baseball diamond is tucked away at the corner of Golden Gate and Masonic Avenues near the geographical center of the city. Here, you'll find a quirky ballpark squeezed between rows of houses, apartments and university buildings. Because of the tight fit, the game day experience is quite intimate and enjoyable if not expansive.

  117. Varsity Field - Home of the Albany Great Danes

    Varsity Field is a fine venue to catch some Division I baseball if you don’t hold too high of expectations heading in.

  118. Hardt Field - Home of the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners

    The CSU Bakersfield program is an excellent example of building from the ground up. It started back in 2006 when after significant Division II success; the program began the transition to Division I. The goal was to begin play at the top level during the 2009 collegiate baseball season. Playing in a more significant Division required a more significant facility. In August of 2008, construction of the Roadrunner Baseball Complex would begin. The venue would be named Hardt Field, named after Tom and Barbara Hardt, who gave a generous $1 million of general contracting work to build the facility

  119. Allie P. Reynolds Stadium - Home of the Oklahoma State Cowboys

    Unfortunately, what the venue lacks in food variety it does not make up for in atmosphere. The PA announcer isn't particularly entertaining, and the crowd itself doesn't really add much to the atmosphere either.

  120. The Diamond - Home of the VCU Rams

    Seating is general admission, so you have your choice of 6,200 lower-level seats to choose from (the upper bowl is closed for VCU games), so whatever vantage point you prefer for baseball will be easily accessible. Seat width is good and every seat comes with its own cup holder. If you want to sit with other Ram fans, find a seat behind the third base side, which is also where the home team dugout is located. There is a scoreboard in center field that also displays photos and names of the current VCU batter, and the PA system is clearly audible.

  121. Roadrunner Field - Home of the UTSA Roadrunners

    Just a few years ago, few sports fans were aware that UTSA athletics programs were a part of the college landscape. With the recent addition of football, massive crowds at the Alamodome, and an accepted invitation to join Conference USA, there's no doubt the sky is the limit for Roadrunner athletics on their way up the NCAA food chain.

  122. Braun Stadium - Home of the Evansville Purple Aces

    Built in 2002, Charles H. Braun Stadium is a brand new and shiny baseball only ballpark that serves as the home to the University of Evansville men’s baseball team. To the immediate south of the facility lies a smaller replica version of the ballpark known as James & Dorothy Cooper Stadium which serves as the home to the University of Evansville women’s softball team. Both facilities are located in the northwest corner on the University of Evansville campus and are within walking distance of all UE facilities.

  123. J.L. Johnson Stadium - Home of the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles

    Sports fans who thrive on venue atmosphere will be a bit disappointed with J.L. Johnson Stadium. The energy in the stands is lethargic. The fans cheer but they often seem disinterested and disengaged with the action on the field. The PA announcer does little to help the crowd stay in the game, and the music between innings doesn't do much either.

  124. FAU Baseball Stadium - Home of the Florida Atlantic Owls

    When you arrive at FAU Baseball Stadium at the campus of Florida Atlantic, you would expect it to be a nice venue, considering the area that the on campus stadium resides in, Boca Raton, is a rather wealthy one. However, that is not at all the case. The stadium is in dire need of an upgrade, along with more student support of the team.

  125. E.T. Straw Family Stadium - Home of the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers

    If you're going to a game at E.T. Straw Family Stadium, chances are you're either from the town or driving through it. As a fan of the game of baseball, being able to watch the sport at the Division I level for free in a beautiful area sounds extremely tempting. Unfortunately, the baseball program adds no amenities that make coming out to a Mountaineers game any more fun than watching it on local TV. If you're around the area and looking for an excuse to be outside by yourself or with some friends, there's nothing to lose watching the Mount in action. If you want to be entertained at a baseball game though, even mildly, there are better options around, both in Maryland and around southern Pennsylvania.

  126. Ken Dugan Field at Stephen Lee Marsh Stadium - Home of the Lipscomb Bisons

    Even though there’s not much glitz and glamour at Ken Dugan Field, you can still have a great time out at the ballpark if you’re in the area.

  127. Matador Field - Home of the Cal State Northridge Matadors

    The program now has over 800 wins under its belt and while Matador Field lacks a number of bells and whistles, it is one of the most aesthetically pleasing fields in Southern California.

  128. Bulldog Park - Home of the Butler Bulldogs

    Bulldog Park serves as the home to the Butler University baseball team. It is adjacent to the track and field stadium, down the hill from the Butler Bowl, and a few yards down the hill from Hinkle Fieldhouse where the basketball team plays. Originally a multipurpose field, it was converted to a baseball diamond in the 1990s with upgrades to seating, press box and the addition of a clubhouse and batting cages. Bulldog Park is a very small venue with just 500 seats, but you are as close to baseball as you will ever be.

  129. Tankersley Field - Home of the Prairie View A&M Panthers

    The Prairie View A&M Panthers play their home baseball games at Panther Field, which has the capacity to hold 1,000 people. The field regularly gets good attendance numbers, and the fans and alumni on hand make their presence known.

  130. Spuhler Field - Home of the George Mason Patriots

    There is a main grandstand located behind home plate and two smaller sets of stands, one located on the far side of each dugout. All seats are aluminum bench-style seating, so bring a cushion or stadium chair for extra comfort. Your ticket will have a seat number on it, but all seats are general admission.

  131. The Baseball Factory Field at UMBC - Home of the UMBC Retrievers

    Previously known as Alumni Field, the Baseball Factory Field has undergone large renovations to the lighting system, playing surface, bleachers and dugouts since 2004. Still, the experience at the Baseball Factory Field is largely lacking, and if you’re looking for anything more than just the ability to watch America’s pastime in a college setting for free, you’re probably better off going somewhere else.

  132. Louis Guisto Field - Home of the Saint Mary's Gaels

    When Saint Mary's College moved their baseball stadium 400 feet down the right field line from their old stadium, they had big plans. These plans have been slow to materialize but one can definitely see progress. The new Louis Guisto Field is a facility under transition and part of the greater Athletics and Recreation Corridor which will include a gym, swimming pool, locker rooms and additional seating at the baseball stadium.

  133. Erv Huether Field - Home of the South Dakota State Jackrabbits

    The new Erv now feels a little bit more like a ballpark with the addition to a grandstand behind home plate and a permanent press box atop of the structure for the start of the 2012 season. The stadium — named after SDSU’s baseball coach from 1950 to 1983 despite a career record below .500 — now seats 600 with the grandstand. It beats the rickety bleachers that were temporary in place for the first four seasons back on campus in Brookings

  134. Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium - Home of the West Virginia Mountaineers

    Hawley Field was built in 1971, and you can definitely tell that it is more than four decades old. Home to the West Virginia Mountaineers baseball team, the field has served its purpose; but as the team moves to the Big 12, it may be time for an upgrade. Luckily for the team, the administration is trying hard to move forward with improvements in some way.

  135. Jaycees Field - Home of the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks

    Way out in East Texas sits Nacogdoches, the state's oldest city and home of Stephen F. Austin State University. The area is part of a greater region known as the Piney Woods, a name that will become obvious on your trek to Jaycees Field. The home of SFA Lumberjack baseball is situated in the middle of a heavily wooded area and is part of the Nacogdoches City Baseball Complex.

  136. Hank DeVincent Field - Home of the La Salle Explorers

    Nestled in the middle of La Salle's campus, DeVincent Field is nicely separated from the surrounding city landscape. The presence of trees makes this feel almost like a Little League game but with much higher-quality baseball, which is a nice throwback to the "professional" feel that's now permeating through college baseball.

  137. Scott Park Field - Home of the Toledo Rockets

    Find a spot on the cold metal bleachers that make up the seating area which stretches from dugout to dugout. There are no nets here, but instead a large metal backstop to prevent foul balls from traveling into the seating area. It is difficult to complain about free parking and a $5 admission fee, but for what you're getting, it really should be free to enter.

  138. OU Baseball Field - Home of the Oakland Golden Grizzlies

    A simple field sits below a sloping hill on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. You have found the home of Golden Grizzlies baseball, a member of the geographically expansive Summit League. We have used the phrase “no frills” to describe some of our venues in the past, but this one may take that to a whole new level of bare bones.

  139. San Jose Municipal Stadium - Home of the San Jose State Spartans

    Though San Jose Municipal Stadium is known for being the home of San Jose minor league baseball since 1942 (with exception of 1958-1964), it is also the home of San Jose State Spartan baseball. The Spartans play at Muni every game that doesn’t represent a conflict with the California League’s San Jose Giants.

  140. Isotopes Park - Home of the New Mexico Lobos

    When you have a college baseball team playing in a massive AAA professional baseball park, it usually does not work well. But that is the case here where the New Mexico Lobos call home, a massive 11,000 plus capacity ballpark which is primarily the home for the Pacific Coast League (PCL) Albuquerque Isotopes. The program averages around 1100 a game for attendance, meaning lots and lots of empty seats and a pretty dismal game day atmosphere.

  141. MacGregor Park - Home of the Texas Southern Tigers

    Founded in 1947, Texas Southern University (known as TSU to most in the area) has always been in the background of the other Houston area schools Rice and Houston when it comes to athletics. Texas Southern however has an enrollment of just over 9,500 students and is always competitive in the SWAC, especially in baseball. The Texas Southern Tigers play their home games at MacGregor Park which only seats 500. However, you will rarely see a crowd big enough to fill the seats.

  142. Skip Wilson Field - Home of the Temple Owls

    One of the drawbacks with having a college campus located in the heart of a city is that there isn't always enough real estate to find room for a sports facility. This is apparently what happened at Temple as their baseball field is located some 15 miles north of Philadelphia on the Ambler campus of the university. Skip Wilson Field, named after the longtime baseball coach at Temple, is a very basic facility nestled into a residential setting. It opened in 2004 and has a capacity of about 1,000.

  143. Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth - Home of the Villanova Wildcats

    College baseball is not a big spectator sport in the northeast, which is probably why almost none of the ballparks are much better than your average high school field. Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth, home of the Villanova Wildcats, is no exception. It offers a very bare bones experience and its location off campus makes it hard for even students to drop by and take in the action. The park opened in 2003 and only has a capacity of a few hundred.


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