Baum Stadium

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Baum Stadium
Baum Stadium, April 2013
Full name Baum Stadium at George Cole Field
Location 1255 South Razorback Road,
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701
Coordinates 36°03′1.13″N 94°10′57.34″W / 36.0503139°N 94.1825944°W / 36.0503139; -94.1825944Coordinates: 36°03′1.13″N 94°10′57.34″W / 36.0503139°N 94.1825944°W / 36.0503139; -94.1825944
Owner University of Arkansas
Operator University of Arkansas
Capacity 10,737
Record attendance 11,103
(April 9, 2011 vs. LSU)
Field size Left Field - 320 ft (97.5 m)
Left-Center - 375 ft (114.3 m)
Center Field - 400 ft (121.9 m)
Right-Center - 365 ft (111.3 m)
Right Field - 320 ft (97.5 m)
Surface hybrid bermuda grass (2004-present)
Artificial turf (1996-2003)
Construction
Broke ground October 12, 1994
Opened April 13, 1996
Renovated 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007
Expanded 2003, 2006, 2007
Construction cost $8.9 million
Architect Populous
General contractor Kinco, Inc
Tenants
Arkansas Razorbacks baseball (NCAA Division I SEC) (1996-present)

Baum Stadium at George Cole Field is the home venue of the Arkansas Razorbacks baseball team of the NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference, located in Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States.[1] The playing field itself is named George Cole Field, in honor of the former Arkansas athletic director. George Cole Field was also the name of the Razorbacks' old home stadium, in use from 1975 to March 1996. Baum Stadium replaced George Cole Field in April 1996. The stadium is located one-half mile from the main Arkansas campus, which lies across Razorback Road from the stadium.

History[edit]

Baum Stadium officially opened in 1996. It was designed by Populous (formerly HOK Sport), an architecture firm that has also designed several major league stadiums.[2] Its first game was a 9-2 Arkansas win over Auburn on April 13, 1996. The stadium was dedicated prior to a 9-3 Arkansas win over Alabama on May 3, 1996.

In 1998, Baum Stadium was named the country's number one college baseball facility by Baseball America.[1] In 1999, Arkansas won the regular season Southeastern Conference title and had an average home attendance of 3,780 spectators, the sixth-highest total in Division I college baseball. That year, the stadium hosted an NCAA regional.[1]

Scoreboard in right-center field.

Prior to the 2003 season, 2,600 chairback seats were added (1,300 down each foul line). In addition, the hitting and pitching cages were enclosed to allow year-round access.[1] During the 2003 and 2004 seasons, renovations took place. Coaches offices and eight luxury boxes were added above the seating areas. Also, a new scoreboard was built in right field. The scoreboard stands 51 feet high and is 76 feet wide and features four classic brick pillars.[1] Also in 2004, a natural grass surface was added, replacing the AstroTurf field that had been in place since the stadium opened. Rye grass was initially used for the 2004 season but was in 2005 replaced by a hybrid bermuda grass. In November 2006, the stadium underwent its third expansion since the 2003 season. The expansion includes 20 luxury boxes, 1,500 chairback seats, and a new outfield area to bring the stadium's capacity 10,737 spectators. The expansions have made the stadium the second biggest, by listed capacity, in the Southeastern Conference.[1]

Baum Stadium hosted its first #1 vs. #1 matchup ever on April 7, 2009, a 7-3 Razorbacks victory over the Arizona State Sun Devils.[3] The Hogs were #1 in Collegiate Baseball's poll, with ASU pulling a top ranking from Baseball America and the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll.[4] The very next night, the Hogs set a then Baum Stadium record for attendance at 11,044 when they completed the sweep of the Sun Devils.[5]

Attendance[edit]

During the weekend of May 4, 2007, Baum Stadium set a record attendance mark for a regular season three-game conference series. In the series against LSU, a total of 29,971 spectators attended the three-game series, which LSU won two games to one.[1] The stadium's single-game attendance record of 11,103 spectators was set on April 9, 2011, in an 8-7 Arkansas win over LSU.[5]

In 2013, the Razorbacks ranked 2nd among Division I baseball programs in attendance, averaging 8,335 per home game.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "2007 Razorback Baseball Media Guide." Dave van Horn.com Retrieved on 21 March 2008.
  2. ^ "Baum Stadium". Arkansas Diamonds: The Ballparks of Arkansas and Their History. Archived from the original on 2012-05-15. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Pierce, Phil. "No. 1 Razorbacks Down No. 1 Arizona State." 4/7/09. Game Summary. Retrieved on April 8, 2009.
  4. ^ Pierce, Phil. "Collegiate Baseball ranks Arkansas No. 1." 4/6/09. Game Summary. Retrieved on April 8, 2009.
  5. ^ a b http://nwanews.com/blogs/slophouse/2009/04/08/diamond-hogs-sweep-no-1-arizona-state/
  6. ^ Cutler, Tami (June 11, 2013). "2013 Division I Baseball Attendance - Final Report". Sportswriters.net. NCBWA. Archived from the original on July 20, 2013. Retrieved July 20, 2013. 

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