The Texas Longhorns have been playing baseball for almost 120 years. The program is one of the most successful teams in college baseball with a claim to six National Championships. Originally playing on campus at Clark Field, the baseball program was forced out to the southeast quadrant of the campus, on the east side of interstate 35, to the current site of UFCU Disch-Falk Field in 1975.
The UFCU abbreviation stands for University Federal Credit Union which began sponsorship in 2006. Disch-Falk Field was named for two Longhorn coaches, Billy Disch and Bibb Falk. Baseball historians may recognize Bibb Falk as the man who replaced Joe Jackson in right field after the 1919 Black Sox scandal.
The stadium has gone through a few renovations since 1975 including the installation of Field Turf and a new façade. The stadium dimensions are 340 feet down the left field line, 325 to right, 375 to the alleys, 405 to the corners of alleys and center, and 400 to straight away center field. The Disch-Falk Field seating capacity is currently 6,756.
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There is a wide variety of ballpark fare throughout the concourse. The obvious offering at a baseball game would be the hot dog, and a regular ¼ pound hot dog cost is $4.50. But being in Texas means going big, so a Longhorn dog would be the better choice at $10. The Longhorn dog consists of a foot long hot dog loaded with Texas chili, queso rola and Pico de Gallo and will fill any craving.
Another good option is the sausage wrap - Earl Campbell sausage, onions and grilled peppers for $6. The other mainstay at a baseball game is nachos. There are two choices when it comes to nachos; regular nachos at $4.50 or the loaded chili nachos for $12. The loaded has Texas chili, queso roja, pico de gallo, sour cream, and jalapenos.
Peanuts and pretzels cost $5 dollar each, while popcorn costs either $4 or $6, depending on the size. If you like hamburgers, then there is the Steerhead Grill concession, offering a Texas Champions Burger basket for $13; ⅓ lb griddled black angus smash burger with beer battered onion rings, cheddar cheese, thick cut bacon strips, with a signature 1883 burnt orange bbq sauce on Texas Toast with a side of fries. A regular cheeseburger basket is almost half the price at $7.50.
There are also local food chains inside the ballpark such as Chick-fil-A, Amy's Ice Cream, and Austin Pizza. Austin Pizza offers personal pizza for $8. Outside the covered concourse, local favorites Mighty Fine Burgers Fries Shakes and Pok-E-Jo's BBQ bring their food trucks to the ballpark.
The ballpark serves Coca-Cola products ranging in price from $4.50 - $6, and 20 oz bottled water is $4 - $5.50. The ballpark also serves alcohol with $8 dollar domestic beers and wine, and $9 for premium beer.
There are more than enough food and beverage items for anyone to enjoy while at the ballpark, but I suggest just snacking during the game with something small because Austin has so many wonderful restaurants.
The atmosphere begins like a lot ballgames around the country with batting practice, as Texas fans are allowed to watch the pregame warm-up. Fans enter to the familiar music of baseball like "Put Me in Coach" or "It is a Beautiful Day for a Ballgame" on the PA system. The ballpark also uses an organ, located in the patio club area on the first baseline providing in game entertainment.
The Dugout Store is open for any Longhorn items that you would like to obtain while at the game.
There is sort of a feel that everyone knows everyone especially in the lower season ticket areas. Most of the seating bowl is covered by a large roof, which is perfect for any inclement weather along with providing shade for those hot Texas afternoons. The ballpark is built more like an AA stadium than a typical college ballpark, providing luxury and it is easy for the fans to enjoy the game. There are two video boards. One behind left field shows the score along with a small video screen, and the right field scoreboard is an excellent video board that shows replays, provides batting lineups and updated stats.
The familiar Texas cheers/chants/songs are in full force, with "The Eyes of Texas," "Texas Fight!," and "Deep in the Heart of Texas." Smokey the Cannon celebrates Texas home runs. The kids run bases on Sunday games. Hook'em, the customary mascot, can be seen throughout the ballpark. One of the biggest things you'll notice about the ballpark is the field itself. UFCU Disch-Falk Field is field turf with the only dirt area being the pitcher's mound. The field turf around the bases is outlined with the Texas color of burnt orange.
UFCU Disch-Falk is situated on the east side of I-35, across from the University of Texas' campus adjacent to downtown Austin. Considered part of the Texas Hill Country, Austin joins the connected region in providing a wonderful recreational area within the state of Texas. Downtown Austin is perfect for pre and postgame activities, with bars and eateries lining the streets. The ballpark is a walkable distance from all spots in downtown, but the landscape is quite hilly so walking is not recommended for all.
Franklin BBQ has earned world-wide fame as one of the best BBQ joints. From celebrities stopping by to appearances on the Food Network, and of course ESPN Game Day, people flock here to join in the BBQ celebration. Keep in mind that Franklin cooks to run out of BBQ each day, which creates long lines that form long before the 11am opening time (don't be surprised if you get in line at 8am and aren't served until nearly 2pm). Weekdays typically have shorter lines than the busy weekends.
Franklin certainly serves some amazing BBQ, but if you don't want to spend a day waiting in line, check out Stubb's BBQ which is not too far away, but will satisfy your BBQ craving. In addition to the BBQ, however, there are so many good restaurants that it is hard to go wrong, from Eddie V's seafood and American cuisine to The Shady Grove and Scholz Garten, which has a huge patio where fans can mingle and enjoy the festive atmosphere. Austin also features several local breweries, which are increasingly popular, including the Wright Bros. Brew & Brew or Hops & Grain Brewing. If you are a food truck junkie then you'll love Austin. The food trucks serve everything, including donuts, BBQ, cupcakes, tacos, and Asian food.
Austin is certainly an interesting city with plenty to do around town. Besides being the state capital and hometown of the University of Texas, Austin is considered by many to be the live music capital of the world. If you want to test that theory, just take a walk along 6th Street and you'll hear someone performing. 6th Street is a Bourbon Street-style environment with bars, live music, and restaurants. The annual South by Southwest film festival and Austin City Limits music fest are a staple of the Austin music and arts scene. Nearby Lake Travis, Lake Austin, and the Colorado River provide water activities like kayaking and sailing. There are also trails and parks along the Colorado River that border downtown, and there are numerous caverns to visit throughout the Texas Hill Country.
With a population just short of one million, and as the state capital city, Austin has plenty of lodging options. The closest to Darrell K Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium is the Doubletree by Hilton, just on the other side of I-35 and down the hill from UFCU Disch-Falk Field (home of Longhorns baseball). Another option is the Driskill, which is the oldest operating hotel in Austin, and well-known across Texas. While it might be out of most people's price range, it is an interesting place to see if you have time.
The Longhorns have a great fan base, averaging close to 5,000 fans per game in 2015, ranking the Longhorns 6th in college baseball attendance. The fans are serious and knowledgeable about baseball. Support is shown around the ballpark with all sorts of Longhorn paraphernalia. The fans interact at the right moments, with the chants on "Texas Fight!" echoing the stadium when the team needs a lift.
There are fans that station themselves beyond the outfield fence, with the traditional hanging of K's for the Texas pitchers. Just like at all Texas sporting events, there is the singing of "The Eyes of Texas," which is sung before and after the game with the players, who stand in front of their dugout making the Longhorn sign along with the fans.
Access to Disch-Falk Field took a hit during the 2015-16 seasons with the parking lot next to the field under construction. There is parking for $5 at the Manor Garage, which is a good walk from the field. There are a couple of lots around the ballpark, but most fans park in the residential area around the cemetery. Beware of any permit parking, as you don't want to be towed during the game. Just follow everyone else's lead with parking in the area. Your best bet is to arrive early and look at Cosom Ave to park.
There is pre paid parking through the Texas athletics website if you prefer not to take any chances.
There are a few entrances for the ballpark. The main entrance is by the ticket office behind home plate. The entry to the ballpark is fast and easy, and the concourses are very spacious even with mobile stands set up. The signage to the restrooms, team shop, and seating area is very well documented so there are no issues getting to seats or moving between sections.
Texas Longhorns baseball ticket prices range from $7-$26 a seat depending on the visiting team. General admission is the $7 seating which is located on the concrete steps down the left field line. The best value is the $12 reserved seats which are all located under the ballpark roof and above the small walkway.
The higher priced tickets are situated below the walkway, but are less available to the general public and more towards the season ticket holders. The amount of money that you spend really depends on you. Free parking is available, tickets are available for $7-$12 for most games, and if you add in a drink and snack for the game, you are most likely looking at spending about $20 for a trip to UFCU Disch-Falk.
Out the main entrance near the ticket booth, there are busts commemorating past coaches. Remarkably, there have only been four coaches since 1911, demonstrating the stability of the Texas baseball program over the years.
On both sides of the press box are retired numbers within the Texas Longhorns program, including that of Roger Clemens who pitched here in 1982-83.
Outside the stadium wall on Martin Luther King Blvd hangs the championship banners along one outer wall of the stadium.
The ballpark is definitely a top notch baseball facility for any level of the sport. Having 5,000 dedicated fans on any given night, along with a team having a solid winning program, makes a trip to Austin and Disch-Falk Field a must on any baseball fan's list. A great trip would be during the SXSW festival time frame in mid-March.
The Texas Longhorns are the most successful team in college baseball, having amassed a .740 win percentage in their 115 seasons. So it only makes sense that they would also have one of the top college baseball venues, University Federal Credit Union Disch-Falk Field. This may also be the wordiest name of any stadium, fortunately though, the abbreviation UFCU is usually applied.
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.
The food selection is better down the third base/left field side. There's a nice merchandise shop. You do get a roster sheet for both teams when entering the stadium.
The grass and dirt are fake which I understand is the way many college ballparks are headed. I still don't like it. The only place that is real dirt is the pitcher's mound.
Fans are very into it and the crowd is full of burnt orange attire.
There is street parking in the adjoining neighborhood and if there's not a softball game going on next door, you can park in that lot for no charge.
The game I attended was against Stanford and it was a good one. The Longhorns won in the bottom of the 9th, tie score, two outs, bases loaded with Cardinals, and on a wild pitch. Can't say I've ever seen that one before.
Not a very good stadium considering how much money UT has. Could use a lot of improvement.
I have to agree with a prior review, the sport turf is a disappointment for a school
with rich baseball history not to have real grass. However, college baseball in a city like Austin, Texas is a perfect match. The access is easy as it located on the east side of the Interstate. Plenty of room around the ballpark. Food and beverage is above average but with all the restaurants in Austin, you only need a snack and drink. Fans are supportive especially if the team is ranked for another trip to Omaha. The atmosphere seems like a minor league ballgame. Baseball in Austin is definitely worth a visit.
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