Greer Field at Turchin Stadium

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Greer Field at Turchin Stadium
TurchinStadium.jpg
Location Ben Weiner Drive
New Orleans, LA 70118
Coordinates 29°56′47″N 90°06′56″W / 29.94640°N 90.11568°W / 29.94640; -90.11568Coordinates: 29°56′47″N 90°06′56″W / 29.94640°N 90.11568°W / 29.94640; -90.11568
Owner Tulane University
Operator Tulane University
Capacity 5,000
Record attendance 5,131
(April 5, 2011, vs. LSU)
Field size Foul Lines: 325 feet (99 m)
Center Field: 400 feet (122 m)
Power Alleys: 370 feet (113 m)
Outfield fence height: 8 feet (2 m)
Center Field fence height: 12 feet (4 m)
Surface FieldTurf
Construction
Broke ground 1990
Opened March 11, 1991 (1991-03-11)
Renovated 2005–2007
Construction cost $12 million
$10.5 million (renovation)
Tenants
Tulane Green Wave (NCAA) 1990–present

Greer Field at Turchin Stadium is a baseball stadium in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is the on-campus home the Tulane University Green Wave college baseball team. The stadium was named for Robert Turchin, a World War II veteran and 1943 graduate of Tulane, and his wife, Lillian Turchin, who headed the drive in 1990 to build it. In 2008, at the official reopening, "Greer Field" was added to the name in honor of Phil Greer, chair of the Board of Tulane.[1]

The team has won over 75% of its games in Turchin since its opening.[2] In 2013, the Green Wave ranked 31st among Division I baseball programs attendance, averaging 2,080 per home game.[3]

Since 2011, Turchin has hosted the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class 5A (top classification) state tournament.

Renovation[edit]

The stadium was in the midst of significant renovations following the 2005 season, but Hurricane Katrina nearly destroyed the facility, forcing the project to start over.[4] Tulane had hoped to move into the renovated Turchin for the 2006 season but played the entire 2006 season at Zephyr Field in nearby Metairie. It was scheduled to be completed in April 2007, but damage forced the project to be new construction rather than renovation, and the opening was pushed back to the 2008 season.[5] Turchin hosted the Conference USA baseball tournament that season.[6] As the University spent $1.5 million before Katrina and was projected to spend $7.5 million after, the final renovation cost was estimated to be about $9 million,[7] but by the end of construction the entirely new stadium had cost $10.5 million to build.[8]

Shortly after construction commenced, the Tulane University Athletics Department "expanded the scope" of the Tulane Athletics Brick Campaign. This mode of fundraising, in which fans could buy commemorative bricks to be placed at the entry of the new stadium, generated unexpected levels of interest, warranting the expansion.[9]

The newly renovated Greer Field at Turchin Stadium reopened for the 2008 baseball season on February 22 with a 6–0 win over Illinois-Chicago in front of a sellout crowd of 5,093 fans.[1]

Attendance records[edit]

Single game[edit]

Attendance Game Date Notes
5,131 Tulane vs. LSU April 5, 2011 2011 Regular Season
5,093 Tulane vs. UIC February 22, 2008 2008 Regular Season Opener
5,063 Tulane vs. LSU March 6, 2012 2012 Regular Season
5,017 Tulane vs. LSU April 22, 2008 2008 Regular Season
4,987 Tulane vs. LSU April 1, 2009 2009 Regular Season
4,708 Tulane vs. Rice June 13, 2005 2005 NCAA Super Regional
4,700 Tulane vs. LSU May 18, 2010 2010 Regular Season
4,653 Tulane vs. Rice June 12, 2005 2005 NCAA Super Regional
4,602 Tulane vs. Rice June 11, 2005 2005 NCAA Super Regional
4,517 Tulane vs. UIC February 23, 2008 2008 Regular Season

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Year-by-year[edit]

Season Average Attendance Total Attendance Games
1999 1,283 41,070 32
2000 1,839 55,182 30
2001 2,660 127,670 48
2002 3,150 97,663 31
2003 2,414 86,913 36
2004 3,032 93,982 31
2005 3,720 145,084 39
2006 2,888 106,862 37
2007 2,786 103,070 37
2008 3,600 140,402 39
2009 2,938 99,882 34
2010 2,832 110,432 39
2011 2,759 96,577 35

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Tournaments hosted[edit]

C-USA Tournament (3): 1997, 2003, 2008[6]
Metro Tournament (1): 1992
NCAA Regional Tournament (2): 2001, 2005
NCAA Super Regional (1): 2005

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "New Ballpark Scores With Players, Fans," New Wave. February 25, 2008
  2. ^ "Glancing at the NCAA Hosts, Part I of II". SouthernCollegeSports.com. 30 May 2005. Retrieved 2007-04-09. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ "Tulane Resumes Stadium Expansion on Campus," New Wave. July 3, 2006.
  5. ^ "Completion of Tulane's Turchin Stadium Pushed Back," Tulane Athletics Department. April 5, 2007.
  6. ^ a b "Site to Change for 2007 C-USA Baseball Championship". conferenceusa.cstv.com. 5 April 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-09. 
  7. ^ "Tulane University To Re-Start Major Expansion At Turchin Stadium". tulanegreenwave.cstv.com. 30 June 2006. Retrieved 2007-04-09. 
  8. ^ a b "Greer Field at Turchin Stadium". tulanegreenwave.cstv.com. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  9. ^ "Loyal Fans Leave Their Mark on Campus". tulane.edu/newwave. 25 June 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-28. 
  10. ^ Tammy Nunez. "LSU freshman pitcher Aaron Nola stymies Tulane Green Wave hitters as Tigers win 5-0". nola.com. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  11. ^ Tami Cutler. "2011 Division I Baseball Attendance". Archived from the original on 2011-12-20. Retrieved December 20, 2011. 
  12. ^ "NCAA Baseball Attendance". NCAA. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 

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