Boshamer Stadium

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Bryson Field at Boshamer Stadium
The Bosh, The Bosh Pit
Bryson Field at Cary C. Boshamer Stadium
Full name Bryson Field at Cary C. Boshamer Stadium
Location 235 Ridge Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-5071, USA
Owner University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Operator University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Capacity 4,100 (standing room up to 5,000)
Field size Left Field: 335 ft (102.1 m)
Left Center Field: 370 ft (112.8 m)
Center Field: 400 ft (121.9 m)
Right Center Field: 355 ft (108.2 m)
Right Field: 340 ft (103.6 m)
Surface Natural grass
Construction
Built 1970-1972
Opened March 21, 1972
Renovated 2007-2009
Construction cost $25.5 million (expansion)
Architect Populous (expansion)
Structural engineer LHC Structural Engineers (2008 expansion)
Tenants
North Carolina Tar Heels (NCAA) 1972-2007, 2009-Present
Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Tournament (1973, 1975, 1981-83)

Coordinates: 35°54′23.36″N 79°2′34.71″W / 35.9064889°N 79.0429750°W / 35.9064889; -79.0429750

Cary C. Boshamer Stadium is a baseball stadium in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. It is the home of the North Carolina Tar Heels baseball team.

History[edit]

Boshamer Stadium before 2007

The previous home of the Tar Heels had been a multi-use venue called Emerson Field, which sat some 2,400 people. The combination baseball/football field was opened in 1916 and had been named for a university benefactor best known as the inventor of Bromo-Seltzer. The football team left Emerson for Kenan Memorial Stadium in 1927. Emerson would continue as the home of the baseball team for another 45 seasons. Its site is now occupied by Davis Library.

Boshamer Stadium first opened on March 21, 1972, near the tail end of the 1972 season. It is named for Cary C. Boshamer (class of 1917), a textile industrialist from Gastonia whose donation made the new stadium possible.

It has hosted five Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Tournaments, in 1973, 1975, 1981, 1982, and 1983. North Carolina won the 1982 and 1983 tournaments.[1]

The Tar Heels' on-field success during the mid-2000s coincided with the decision to rebuild the 35-year-old facility. Following the 2007 season, the stadium was almost completely demolished and rebuilt. UNC won their final game in the old Boshamer Stadium 9-4 over the University of South Carolina.[2]

2008 renovations[edit]

Due to extensive renovations to Boshamer, the Tar Heels played their 2008 season at USA Baseball National Training Complex in nearby Cary, North Carolina.

The rebuilt stadium first opened on February 2, 2009. At that time, the playing surface was formally renamed Bryson Field in honor of former first baseman Vaughn Bryson and his wife Nancy, both longtime supporters of the baseball program.

The entrance courtyard of the rebuilt stadium is named for the Steinbrenner family, as the result of a $1 million donation by New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, whose daughter graduated from UNC.

Since expansion, the stadium has a listed capacity of 4,100, but has standing room for up to 5,000. Before renovations, it seated 3,000 people from the end of one dugout to the other. Today, seating extends down both the 1st and 3rd base lines. Sections past the dugout on the 1st base line are now reserved for student seating, nicknamed "The Bosh Pit".

Attendance[edit]

In 2013, the Tar Heels ranked 32nd among Division I baseball programs in attendance, averaging 1,998 per home game.[3]

Dimensions[edit]

The field dimensions are as follows:

  • Left Field: 335 ft (102.1 m)
  • Left Center Field: 370 ft (112.8 m)
  • Center Field: 400 ft (121.9 m)
  • Right Center Field: 355 ft (108.2 m)
  • Right Field: 340 ft (103.6 m)

The asymmetry of the field is partly the result of an inward bulge in the fence in right center.

Photos[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2012 ACC Baseball Guide". TheACC.com. Archived from the original on 2012-05-29. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Joedy McCreery (June 10, 2007). "Tar Heels Headed To Omaha, Carolina defeats Gamecocks in Super Regional Championship Game.". Archived from the original on 2011-04-04. Retrieved April 4, 2011. 
  3. ^ 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. 


Preceded by
Emerson Field
Home of the
North Carolina Tar Heels
1972-2007
Succeeded by
USA Baseball
National Training Complex
Preceded by
USA Baseball
National Training Complex
Home of the
North Carolina Tar Heels
2009-
Succeeded by
None