Jay Bergman Field

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Jay Bergman Field
"The Berg"
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Location Orlando, Florida, U.S.
Coordinates 28°36′34″N 81°11′46″W / 28.609435°N 81.196105°W / 28.609435; -81.196105Coordinates: 28°36′34″N 81°11′46″W / 28.609435°N 81.196105°W / 28.609435; -81.196105
Owner University of Central Florida
Operator University of Central Florida
Capacity 3,600[1]
Record attendance 3,678[2]
Field size Left Field: 320 feet (98 m)
Left-Center Field: 360 feet (110 m)
Center Field: 390 feet (119 m)
Right-Center Field: 360 feet (110 m)
Right Field: 320 feet (98 m)
Surface Natural Grass
(Bermuda grass)[3]
Scoreboard 22 feet (6.7 m) x 11 feet (3.4 m)[4]
Construction
Opened February 3, 2001
Construction cost $2,834,576
Architect DLR Group
Main contractors Eby
Tenants
UCF Knights Baseball (NCAA) (2001–present)

Jay Bergman Field is a baseball stadium located on the main campus of the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida, USA. The stadium serves as the home of the UCF Knights baseball team.[4]

History[edit]

Jay Bergman field was originally built in 2001 as a state-of-the-art facility, featuring an indoor training facility with three batting cages and two pitching mounds.[3] The facility was named after the former head coach of the team, Jay Bergman. However, UCF relieved Jay Bergman of his duties on May 1, 2008 for alleged harassment towards an equipment manager. It is unknown whether UCF plans to retain Jay Bergman's name on the stadium for the long term.

In 2013, the Knights ranked 43rd among Division I baseball programs in attendance, averaging 1,457 per home game.[5] The facility's single-game record attendance of 3,678 was set during a game against the #17 Florida Gators on February 19, 2013; the Knights lost the game 5-3.

Since moving into Jay Bergman Field in 2001, the Knights own a 222–123 (.643) record.[3]

Expansion[edit]

Beginning in late 2011, Jay Bergman Field underwent the first phase of a two-phase expansion, designed to increase the total capacity from 1,800 to 4,180.[6]

The first phase involved construction of new lower-level bleachers along the first base line, replacing part of the grass berm. Additionally, a second level was added above the concourse on the first base side. Approximately 1,000 additional fans can be accommodated on grass berms along the sides of left and right field, and in a "Party Deck" just beyond the right field fence. The total capacity for the 2012 and 2013 seasons is approximately 3,600 fans.

Due to monetary issues, the original plans for the second phase of expansion were scaled back. The current plan, expected to begin construction following the 2013 UCF baseball season, includes an elevated press box, outdoor club level seating, and two loge boxes. After the second phase of expansion, total capacity is expected to be around 3,900 (a reduction of approximately 300 seats from the original plan).


Seating Capacity by Season

Season Total Capacity (Including Berms)
Thru 2011 2,230[7]
2012 3,600
2013+ (Planned) ~3,900

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Helwig, Brandon. "UCF reveals baseball expansion plans". UCFSports.com. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Baseball Suffers Setback Versus No. 17 Florida". Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c 2011 UCF Knights Baseball Yearbook
  4. ^ a b UCF Facilities - Jay Bergman Field
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ UCF Baseball Stadium Expansion Conceptual Images (PDF)
  7. ^ Limón, Iliana. "UCF baseball coach Terry Rooney says stadium renovation key to Knights' future success". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 

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