Carolina Stadium

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Carolina Stadium
"The Rock by the River"
Carolina Stadium.jpg
Location Columbia, South Carolina
Broke ground 2007
Opened February 21, 2009
Surface 419 Bermuda turf grass
Construction cost $35.6 million
Architect Populous
General contractor Contract Construction
Capacity

8,242 (total)

6,600 (seated)
Record attendance 8,242
Tenants
South Carolina Gamecocks Baseball Team

Carolina Stadium is a stadium in Columbia, South Carolina on the banks of the Congaree River. The facility was built for a cost of $35.6 million and is used for college baseball as home to the University of South Carolina Gamecocks baseball team. In five seasons in the ballpark, the Gamecocks have a home record of 155-32 and have sold out many games.

Facility overview[edit]

Gamecocks playing Duquesne on February 21, 2009

The dimensions of the field are 325 feet (99 m) down the right and left-field lines and 390 feet (120 m) to dead center, matching those of Sarge Frye Field, the previous home stadium of the Gamecocks. The baseball training facilities at the stadium include four indoor batting tunnels, a 3,900-square-foot (360 m2) weight room, team clubhouse, coaches offices, and a sports medicine room. Among the numerous amenities for fans, there are five luxury suites and two club-level seating areas with lounges, a Gamecock store just inside the main entrance in the outfield plaza, along with a picnic terrace that accommodates around 120 people down the left-field line. The scoreboard towers 86 feet (26 m) over the left field wall and features a 28-by-16 foot video screen.

The main stadium entrance, to Carolina Stadium, is located at the northeast corner of the grounds directly behind the centerfield wall. Following the 2010 national championship, USC had a mural applied to the back-side of its centerfield wall, (to be viewed as visitors and fans enter onto stadium grounds), the mural celebrated the 2010 CWS Title. In addition a showcase was built at the base of the wall for the display of the 2010 CWS National Championship Trophy. The mural and trophy case have since been updated to honor both the 2010 CWS Championship Team and the 2011 College World Series Championship Team.

In 2013, the website Stadium Journey ranked Carolina Stadium as the second best Division I baseball venue, and received an average rating 4.6 of 5 stars in 7 categories. [1]

History[edit]

The stadium was opened on February 21, 2009, with a 13-0 South Carolina victory over Duquesne with 8,153 fans in attendance, a record crowd for a Gamecock home game. The ceremonial first pitches were thrown by USC President, Dr. Harris Pastides, and former Gamecock baseball coaches Bobby Richardson and June Raines. Darius Rucker, former lead singer for Hootie and the Blowfish and USC alumnus, sang the National Anthem.

On May 21, 2010, a stadium record crowd of 8,242 attended a game against Florida, the record has been equalled many times since. The highest attendance for a three-game weekend series (24,726) was set from April 15–17, 2011, as the Gamecocks hosted #1 Vanderbilt and won the series two games to one. In 2013, the Gamecocks ranked 5th among Division I baseball programs in attendance, averaging 7,445 per game.[2]

Tournaments Hosted[edit]

NCAA Regional Tournaments : 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
NCAA Super Regional Tournaments : 2011, 2012

Key dates[edit]

Event Date Opponent Result
Broke ground 2007 - -
First game February 21, 2009 Duquesne W 13–0
First sell-out May 21, 2010 Florida L 2–5
100th win March 3, 2012 Clemson W 9–6
1,000,000th fan May 9, 2012 Furman W 7–0

South Carolina Record in Carolina Stadium (2009–Present)[edit]

Year Games Overall W–L Overall Win Pct NCAA W–L NCAA Win Pct Total Attendance (SEC/Nat Rank) Avg Attendance (SEC/Nat Rank)
2009 35 26–9 .742 0–0 - 231,360 (4th/4th) 6,805 (4th/4th)
2010 36 30–6 .833 3–0 1.000 236,529 (3rd/4th) 6,758 (4th/4th)
2011 40 36–4 .900 5–0 1.000 297,279 (2nd/2nd) 7,431 (4th/4th)
2012 39 32–7 .821 5–0 1.000 295,389 (2nd/2nd) 7,574 (3rd/3rd)
2013 37 31–6 .838 3–0 1.000 260,605 (3rd/3rd) 7,445 (5th/5th)
2014 41 34–7 .829 2–2 .500
Totals 228 189–39 .829 18–2 .900 1,321,162 7,065

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.stadiumjourney.com/news/06-18-2013/382/2013-ncaa-baseball-ballpark-rankings/
  2. ^ 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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Coordinates: 33°59′12″N 81°2′38″W / 33.98667°N 81.04389°W / 33.98667; -81.04389