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J. O. Christian Field

Storrs, CT

Home of the Connecticut Huskies

3.4

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J. O. Christian Field (map it)
509 Stadium Rd
Storrs, CT 06269


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J. O. Christian Field website

Year Opened: 1993

Capacity: 2,000

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The Homering Huskies

Mention UConn, and immediately the very successful men’s and women’s basketball teams come to mind . However, Huskies work as a team to achieve their goals, and the UConn Huskies baseball team is no exception. Over the years the baseball Huskies have made five College World Series appearances, 18 NCAA Tournament appearances, have been three time Big East Tournament Champions, 17 time Yankee Conference champions and sent 12 players on to Major League Baseball. Cleveland Indian pitcher Charles Nagy is probably UConn’s most successful baseball alum.

The Huskies moved to the American Athletic Conference (AAC) in 2014 after more than 20 years in the Big East Conference. This new conference includes Central Florida, Cincinnati, Houston, SMU, Temple, South Florida, East Carolina, Memphis, Tulane and Tulsa.

The Huskies owe a great deal of their success to the excellent athletic facilities provided by the university. Due to the long winters, an indoor training center can be a key to getting the season off to a great start. The Shenkman Training Center provides that edge, as it is large enough to recreate a full infield diamond for practice sessions. UConn also has a separate building to house its pitching and hitting facilities.

Home field for the Huskies is J. O. Christian Field, named for a former UConn baseball coach who led the team for more than 25 years. The stadium opened in 1993 and has bleacher seating for 2,000, with plenty of area for fans to set up lawn chairs.

3.4

What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    3

The Husky concession stand is located on the first base side of the stadium and has a good variety of food offerings. Sodas are priced at $4 as are pretzels and nachos. Water is available for $3 as is cotton candy. There are two sizes for popcorn. A large serving is available for $5.50 and a small serving at $3.50.

A Husky Dog is bigger than your usual hot dog and sells for $3.50. Just remember not to stuff yourself too much, as you want to leave plenty of room for that visit to the UConn Dairy Bar as you leave town!

Atmosphere    4

Christian Field is located at the back of the vast UConn campus, well away from a majority of the dorms. As a result, it seems isolated from the campus, where the basketball arena is located at the center of the campus and next door to the student union. That said, Christian Field has a very pleasant feel to it. It is nicely landscaped, has plenty of seating and provides excellent views of the field.

The UConn administration has put quite a bit of money into the program. The stadium also provides a clubhouse adjoining the stadium so players do not have to dress elsewhere and walk a long distance to the playing field as is the case at many colleges. The announcers do a very professional job in keeping the crowd updated on stats, and the music playlist is more 70's and 80's than the hip hop or heavy metal many stadiums feature these days. The stadium also features some great graphics to promote the baseball program.

Neighborhood    4

J. O. Christian Field is located on the UConn campus, which is located in the college town of Storrs, Connecticut. Legally termed a village, Storrs has a population of nearly 11,000 residents, most of whom either work for the university or on surrounding farms (UConn had its beginnings as an agricultural school).

Recently the downtown area of Storrs has been going through a period of renewal under a Main Street plan called Storrs Center, which utilizes a live, work, play environment to promote a walkable community. Often times this means a restaurant or retail shop on street level, with residential housing on the floors above. There are a number of very popular restaurants within walking distance of the campus. These include Geno's Grille (owned by the ultra-successful women's basketball coach), the Dog Lane Café and for fine dining, the Altnaveigh Inn. Hotel accommodations close to the campus include the Best Western Regent, the Countryside B&B and a Hampton Inn.

Fans    3

When you are in Storrs it is very obvious that the basketball teams are the "big dog" on campus. However the "K-9 Unit" as the baseball team calls itself, also has its own set of dog-loving fans. There is always a sea of blue present at Christian Field, especially when the opposition comes from one of their old Big East rivals. The move to the AAC has made the Husky schedule much more of a national schedule than one made up of regional rivals that UConn fans were familiar with. It will take some time before long-time alums build up their fervor for the new league, but with entry of each new freshman class the ties to the old league will become a distant memory.

Access    4

Storrs is located approximately 35 miles east of Hartford. It is located 7 miles from I-84. Driving time from Boston is 90 minutes, 1.25 hours from Providence and two hours from New York City. Thanks to the commuter rail systems present throughout New England and the northeastern corridor, there is not a great need for air travel in order to reach the area. Dedicated parking for the baseball stadium is plentiful and free just across the street from the stadium.

Return on Investment    4

UConn baseball provides an excellent value for the whole family. It is located in a lovely New England village and has plenty of attractions on the campus, as you would expect from a major university. The costs involved in enjoying a Husky baseball game are minimal, as it is an easy drive over from Hartford, and once you arrive, parking and admission to the game are free. You are also being treated to some great baseball featuring teams from all over the country.

Extras    2

Remember we said that UConn opened as an agricultural college? Well, like any respectable farm-based school UConn has an on campus Dairy Bar that is not to be missed. It offers more than 30 different flavors on a given day and is open 7 days a week. If you come on a weekday, you can watch the ice cream making process.

Another on campus attraction you will want to check out is the Husky Heritage Museum located inside the UConn Alumni Center. UConn teams have won 12 national championships in 4 different sports and each is saluted with its own exhibit. At the end of your visit you'll have an opportunity to have your picture taken with Jonathan Husky, UConn's beloved and furry mascot.

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Local Food & Drink

Geno’s Grille  (map it!)

9 Dog Ln

Storrs, CT 06269

(860) 487-9032

http://www.genosgrille.com/storrs/menu

Dog Lane Café  (map it!)

1 Dog Ln

Storrs, CT 06269

(860) 429-4900

https://doglanecafe.com/

Altnaveigh Inn  (map it!)

957 Storrs Rd

Storrs, CT 06268

(860) 429-4490

http://www.altnaveigh.com/

UConn Dairy Bar  (map it!)

3636 Horsebarn Hill Rd

Storrs, CT 06269

(860) 486-2634

http://dining.uconn.edu/uconn-dairy-bar/

Local Entertainment

Husky Heritage Sports Museum  (map it!)

2384 Alumni Dr

Storrs, CT 06269

(860) 486-9097

http://www.uconnhuskies.com/trads/museum.html

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