Goss Stadium at Coleman Field

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Goss Stadium at Coleman Field
Goss scoreboard.jpg
New scoreboard in October 2006
Former names Coleman Field
Location 430 SW Langton Place
Oregon State University
Corvallis, Oregon, U.S.
Coordinates 44°33′48″N 123°16′39″W / 44.5632°N 123.2776°W / 44.5632; -123.2776Coordinates: 44°33′48″N 123°16′39″W / 44.5632°N 123.2776°W / 44.5632; -123.2776
Owner Oregon State University
Operator Oregon State University
Capacity 3,248
Record attendance 3,602 (NCAA Corvallis Super Regional 2013, Oregon State vs. Kansas State, June 9th, 2013)
Field size Left: 330 ft (101 m)
L. Center: 365 ft (111 m)
Center: 400 ft (122 m)
R. Center: 365 ft (111 m)
Right: 330 ft (101 m)
Surface Infield
FieldTurf (2007-present)
Grass (1907-2006)
Outfield
Grass (1907-present)
Construction
Opened

1907 (1907) (field)

1999 (1999) (stadium)
Renovated 1999 & 2009[1]
Expanded May 2008
Construction cost $2.3 million
(1999 renovation)
Tenants

Oregon State Beavers - (NCAA)
(1907-present)

Corvallis Knights - (WCL)
(2007-present)
Website
OSU Beavers baseball
Goss Stadium in May 2009
(home plate area still dirt)
Goss Stadium in May 2009

Goss Stadium at Coleman Field is a college baseball stadium in Corvallis, Oregon, on the campus of Oregon State University. It is home to the Oregon State Beavers of the Pac-12 conference and is the oldest continuously used baseball venue in the United States. At the end of the 2009 season, Oregon State had posted an all-time record of 1,021-439-1 (.699) record at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.

History[edit]

The field was established in 1907 and was later renamed "Coleman Field," after long-time Beavers baseball coach Ralph Coleman, who stepped down following the 1966 season. A major remodel was undertaken in 1999, due to a $2.3 million donation by John and Eline Goss, resulting in the renaming and addition of the stadium.[1] The official stadium capacity is 3,248. In the 2013 season, home games averaged 2,676 fans per game (24th best among Division I baseball programs).[2]

Lights were added in 2002, and a state-of-the-art scoreboard was installed during the summer of 2006, after the Beavers' first national championship win. The natural grass (and dirt) infield was replaced with FieldTurf in late 2006, in time for the 2007 season.[3] The pitcher's mound and home plate area were the only portions that remained dirt.[4] The basepaths and "skin" portion are FieldTurf, colored dark orange, while the outfield remains natural grass; this combination of synthetic infield and natural outfield is also found at Husky Ballpark in Seattle. The home plate area at Goss Stadium was later covered with FieldTurf, leaving only the pitcher's mound with dirt.

In May 2008, the Goss Stadium expansion project was completed, raising the capacity from 2,000 to 3,248 spectators. The Omaha Room, a suite overlooking the field along the first base line, was built during the expansion project. An academic center as well as the Oregon State Baseball Hall of Fame area celebrating its rich baseball history were also added and are housed underneath the Omaha Room suite. OSU won consecutive College World Series in 2006 and 2007, played for over a half-century in Omaha, Nebraska.

The facility has hosted 7 NCAA Regional Tournaments (1952, 1963, 2005, 2006, 2011, 2013, 2014), as well as 4 NCAA Super-Regional Tournaments (2005, 2006, 2007, 2013). Oregon State has posted an impressive mark of 25-6 in postseason games at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.[citation needed]

Facility[edit]

Opened over a century ago, Coleman Field is one of the oldest ballparks in the nation and is located near the center of campus. Unlike most historical college baseball facilities,[citation needed] it was not relocated as OSU expanded around it.

The playing field is oriented in an unorthodox configuration, with the batter and catcher facing southeast, resulting in difficult visual conditions for the fielders on the left side of the diamond for games played near sunset. (The recommended orientation of a baseball diamond is east-northeast.)[5]

Since 2007, the stadium is the home field of the Corvallis Knights of the West Coast League, a collegiate summer league.

See also[edit]

View of the stadium (still under construction)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.osubeavers.com/facilities/goss-stadium.html
  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. 
  3. ^ Goss Stadium at Coleman Field - OSUBeavers.com—Official Web Site of Oregon State University Athletics
  4. ^ Horowitz, Gary (March 8, 2007). "Champs bask in national attention". Oregon State University Athletics. Retrieved June 26, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Objectives of the Game - rule 1.04". Major League Baseball. Retrieved June 26, 2013. 

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