Gary Hogan Field

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Gary Hogan Field
Former names Curran Conway Field
Location 2501 South Harrison Street, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
Coordinates 34°43′45″N 92°19′50″W / 34.729062°N 92.330432°W / 34.729062; -92.330432Coordinates: 34°43′45″N 92°19′50″W / 34.729062°N 92.330432°W / 34.729062; -92.330432
Owner University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Capacity 2,550 (550 seated)
Surface Polyurethane turf (Infield),
Natural grass (Outfield)
Scoreboard Yes
Construction
Renovated 1986, 1988, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2012
Expanded 2004
Tenants
Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans baseball (1978–present)
Arkansas Baptist College Buffaloes baseball (2009–present)

Gary Hogan Field is a baseball venue located in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. It has been home to the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans college baseball team of the Division I Sun Belt Conference since 1978[1] and also the home of the Arkansas Baptist College Buffaloes junior college baseball team of Region 2 of the National Junior College Athletic Association. Formerly known as Curran Conway Field, the venue has a capacity of 2,550.[2]

History[edit]

When the Trojans began using the facility in 1978, the field was in poor condition. This forced the program to play home games at other fields in Little Rock during the early 1980s.[1]

When Coach Gary Hogan arrived in 1986, he described Curran Conway Field as "a rock pit and dust bowl." Hogan secured donations from both alumni and the surrounding community to make numerous improvements to the field, making it playable for a Division I team.[1]

Name[edit]

The field is named for former Arkansas-Little Rock baseball coach Gary Hogan. Hogan coached for 11 season from 1986 to 1996, recording 276 victories in that span.[1] His career victories mark stands as a record for UALR baseball coaches.[2]

Renovations and features[edit]

Following Coach Hogan's arrival in 1986, the field underwent many renovations. Hogan, after securing $500,000 of donations, installed a turf infield, natural grass outfield, outfield wall, dugouts, and indoor practice facility over the course of his 11-year tenure.[1]

In 1998, a new turf infield, warning track, and outfield drainage system were installed at Conway Field.[1]

In 2001, the Kris Wheeler Complex was constructed. Named after a Trojans outfielder who played from 1998–2002, the facility included a press box, concession stands, and a new gated entrance.[2]

In 2003, a new scoreboard was installed, located over the right field fence.[2]

Prior to the 2004 season, the UALR athletic department announced an anonymous $1,600,000 donation for improvements to the baseball field. At the same time, it was announced that the field would be renamed Gary Hogan Field, in honor of the former Trojan baseball coach. Numerous improvements followed in the subsequent years. A new AstroTurf infield, lighting system, sound system, and indoor workout facility were constructed. Also, chairbacks were installed in 200 of the 550 seats located behind home plate.[1]

In 2011, the infield's AstroTurf surface was replaced with polyurethane turf. A Trojan logo was added behind home plate, and the surface of the warning track was changed from clay to turf.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Gary Hogan Field at ualrtrojans.com, URL accessed June 22, 2010. Archived June 22, 2010
  2. ^ a b c d Gary Hogan Field at ballparks.baseballyakker.com, URL accessed June 22, 2010. Archived June 22, 2010
  3. ^ Foley, Brian (January 10, 2012). "UALR completes Installation of New Infield Turf". College Baseball Daily. CBD News Source. Archived from the original on January 10, 2012. Retrieved January 10, 2012. 

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