The venue was originally called simply Max Ulrich Field. After its 1953 construction, it was named after Max Ulrich, a San Francisco resident who donated in his will $358,000 to the university. The field took on its current name in 1980. In that year, Dons baseball coach Dante Benedetti retired after 29 years in charge of the program. The diamond was dedicated to him that same year. Until Nino Giarratano surpassed him in 2012, Benedetti was the program's all-time winningest coach, with 373 wins.
The playing field is surrounded by mesh netting, designed to protect spectators from foul balls.
^Sorenson, Eric (3 March 2012). "One of My Simple Pleasures in Life". College Baseball Today. Archived from the original on 2012-03-04. Retrieved 4 March 2012. "San Francisco’s Nino Giarratano picked up his 374th win in his Dons coaching career with today’s 6-5, 10-inning win over Cal State Northridge. With the win he surpasses the legendary Dante Benedetti for the most wins in program history."
^Sorenson, Eric (24 February 2012). "The Campaign to Stop Bay Area Bullying". College Baseball Today. Archived from the original on 2012-02-26. Retrieved 26 February 2012. "Benedetti Diamond, which is crunched into a corner of the campus and is surrounded by netting (think the Henry Doorley Zoo bird aviary)."