Bob Wren Stadium
|Bob Wren Stadium|
|Opened||April 18, 1998|
|Construction cost||$2 millionUSD|
|Field size||Left Field - 340 ft.
Left Field Alley - 380 ft.
Center Field - 405 ft.
Right Field Alley - 380 ft.
Right Field - 340 ft.
|Southern Ohio Copperheads Baseball (Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League) (2002-Present)|
Bob Wren Stadium is a baseball stadium located in Athens, Ohio on the campus of Ohio University. It serves as the home field for the Ohio Bobcats since opening on April 18, 1998. The Bobcats opened the facility by defeating the Bowling Green Falcons 4-1 in front of a sellout crowd.
Bob Wren Stadium features many modern amenities and has a capacity of 4,000. The stadium has 100 chairback seats that are part of the VIP club, named the Baumholtz club in honor of former Ohio baseball player Frank Baumholtz. In addition, there are around 1,000 bleacher-back seats in the stadium and another 1,000 seats of regular bleachers. Down both the third and first base lines there are two grassy knolls that are capable of seating up to another 1,000 fans.
There are two concession stands available for fans to enjoy traditional ballpark fare, and members of the Baumholtz Club have access to a private lounge that serves more upscale food items. The press box provides multiple phones and computer lines for members of the media. There are also two radio broadcast booths and one television broadcast booth available.
The stadium has already undergone several modifications since opening. In 2003, a large Daktronics digital scoreboard was added to the outfield of the stadium. That same year, heated batting cages were added to the northeast of the stadium, allowing Bobcat players to practice inside during cold weather. Most recently, lights were installed in 2004. As a result of this new addition, 15 of Ohio's 28 home games in 2005 were played at night.
The stadium is named for former Bobcat head coach Bob Wren, who held the highest all-time winning percentage of any Ohio baseball coach. He is part of the Ohio Bobcats organization.
In addition to serving as the home of Ohio Bobcats baseball, Bob Wren Stadium is home to the Southern Ohio Copperheads of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League and is the home of the state American Legion baseball tournament every year.
- Bob Wren Stadium Information Page
- Official Ohio University Athletics Website
- Southern Ohio Copperheads Baseball
- Ohio Green & White Club - Supporting Ohio Bobcats Athletics
- Unofficial Ohio Bobcats Fan Website
- Official Website of the Mid-American Conference