Evans Diamond Panorama
|Full name||Clinton W. Evans Diamond|
|Location||University of California
|Public transit||Downtown Berkeley|
|Owner||University of California|
|Operator||University of California|
|Field size||Corners: 320' (98 m)
Alleys: 365' (111 m)
Center: 395' (120 m)
|Surface||Natural Grass (1933–)
|California Golden Bears (NCAA)
Evans Diamond is a college baseball stadium in Berkeley, California, on the campus of the University of California. Opened in 1933, it is the home field of the California Golden Bears of the Pac-12, with a seating capacity of 2,500. Evans Diamond is located in the UC sports complex in the southwest corner of campus, pressed between George C. Edwards Stadium to the west (right field) and Haas Pavilion to the east.
Originally named Edwards Field, it was renamed after Clint Evans, the Cal head coach from 1930-54.
The outfield wall is 320 feet (98 m) from home plate in the corners, 365 feet (111 m) in the power alleys, and 395 feet (120 m) in center field. In the right field corner are the batting cages and pitching machines, covered by a roof (but not enclosed); the bullpen is outside of the roof, closer to the warning track. In the left field corner is the other bullpen, without batting cages. Both bullpens are separated from the field of play by fences.
The Jackie Jensen press box lies directly behind home plate, above the last row of stands. Beyond the left field wall is Bancroft Way, the southern border of the UC campus. Beyond the right field wall is the concrete grandstand for the track stadium. The baseball field has an unorthodox orientation, with the catcher and batter (and fans) facing southwest, into the mid-afternoon sun. (The optimal orientation of a baseball diamond is east-northeast.)
Evans Diamond is in need of major renovations because the stadium is no longer considered up to the standards needed to host NCAA tournament games. This was a problem as recently as 2011, when the Golden Bears had to host their 2011 Super Regional vs. Dallas Baptist University at Stephen Schott Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
One of the Cal Baseball Foundation's primary goals is to see improvements at Evans Diamond including the addition of field lights so the stadium can host night baseball games. In the near future, the facility will also have to be able to host large television crews to accommodate the newly created Pac-12 Network. Before California baseball's alumni game on October 21, 2012, it was announced that Evans Diamond will receive lights and a new video and scoreboard by the first conference games in 2013. For the first time in the venue's history, Evans Diamond will be able to host night games during the 2013 season. While the actual stadium has in the past been considered inadequate by NCAA standards, the baseball program does have relatively new locker rooms and training facilities inside neighboring Haas Pavilion.
- Cal Bears.com - official site - Evans Diamond, accessed 2009-12-12
- MLB.com - playing field orientation
- Aaron, Fitt (February 7, 2013). "Cal to Install Lights, New Scoreboard at Evans Diamond". BaseballAmerica.com. Archived from the original on February 27, 2013. Retrieved February 27, 2013.
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