Bud Metheny Baseball Complex

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Bud Metheny Baseball Complex
The Bud
Bud Metheny Baseball Complex
Location 43rd Street and Parker Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23508
Coordinates 36°53′02″N 76°18′34″W / 36.88375°N 76.309454°W / 36.88375; -76.309454Coordinates: 36°53′02″N 76°18′34″W / 36.88375°N 76.309454°W / 36.88375; -76.309454
Owner Old Dominion University
Operator Old Dominion University
Capacity 2,500
Record attendance 2,125 — April 25th, 1984 vs. Virginia Tech Hokies
Field size Left Field — 325 feet
Left Center - 375 feet
Center Field — 395 feet
Right Center - 375 feet
Right Field — 325 feet
Surface Natural grass
Scoreboard Electronic
Opened 1983
Renovated 2008, 2011, 2012
Old Dominion Monarchs baseball (C-USA) (1983-Present)
CAA Tournament (1994)
Sun Belt Tournament (1983, 1985, 1987)

The Bud Metheny Baseball Complex is a stadium on the campus of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, USA. It is primarily used for baseball, and is the home field of the Old Dominion Monarchs baseball team. The Monarchs are members of Conference USA. The ballpark has seating for 2,500 spectators in three sections of raised aluminum bleachers. The stadium complex also includes locker rooms, a concession stand, offices, four batting cages, a picnic area and a fully enclosed press box.[1] The facility replaced the university's football stadium, Foreman Field, as the home of the baseball team.[2]

The ballpark is named after former Old Dominion head basketball coach, baseball manager, and athletic director Bud Metheny. Metheny worked for the university from 1948 to 1980 after an eleven-year stint in the New York Yankees organization including a World Series championship in 1943. He compiled a record of 423 wins, 363 losses and 6 ties as manager of the Monarchs. Metheny's jersey number, 3, has been retired by the university and is displayed on the right field wall of the stadium.[1]

The stadium opened for the 1983 baseball season, with the first game being a 7-2 Old Dominion win over Millersville University.[1] The complex was not dedicated until April 25, 1984 with a game against the Virginia Tech Hokies. That night's crowd of 2,125 is the highest attendance in stadium history.[3] The ballpark hosted the Sun Belt Conference Baseball Tournament in 1983, 1985, and 1987, and the Colonial Athletic Association Baseball Tournament in 1994. Old Dominion defended home field and won the 1985 Sun Belt and 1994 Colonial championships. The stadium has also hosted multiple Virginia district and state high school baseball tournaments.[1] The Monarchs tied the NCAA record for double plays completed in a single game on May 14, 1985 with 7 during a home game against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.[1][4] There have been eight no-hitters pitched at the stadium, all completed by Monarch pitchers.[1] As of the completion of the 2012 season, Old Dominion has a record of 600 wins and 280 losses at the Bud, for a winning percentage of .682.

The stadium received a new video/LED scoreboard for the 2009 season as part of a partnership between Old Dominion and CBS Collegiate Sports Properties.[5] Additionally, the facility also underwent an additional three million dollar renovation for the 2011 season that erected a batters' backdrop in center field, locker room refurbishments and a beer garden.[3] Renovations continued before the 2012 season included brick walls added down the foul lines, a clock above the scoreboard, and a custom outfield wall with images of former Monarchs who have played in the major leagues.[6]

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