Joseph J. O'Donnell Field
|Joseph J. O'Donnell Field|
|Former names||Soldier's Field (1898-1997)|
|Location||65 North Harvard Street, Boston, Massachusetts, USA|
|Opened||April 27, 1898|
|Field dimensions||Left field: 335 feet (102 m)
Left center field: 370 feet (110 m)
Center field: 415 feet (126 m)
Right center field: 370 feet (110 m)
Right field: 335 feet (102 m)
|Harvard Crimson baseball (NCAA DI Ivy) (1898-present)|
Joseph J. O'Donnell Field is a baseball venue in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. It is home to the Harvard Crimson baseball team of the NCAA Division I Ivy League. Formerly known as Soldier's Field, the location has been home to Harvard baseball since 1898. The venue is named for Joseph J. O'Donnell, a Harvard alumnus who played baseball and football while attending the school. It has a capacity of 1,600 spectators.
Prior to a doubleheader against Dartmouth on May 4, 1997, the field was dedicated to Joseph J. O'Donnell, Harvard class of 1967. O'Donnell played baseball and football at Harvard, captaining the baseball team during his senior season. He donated $2.5 million dollars to the baseball program in 1995, allowing it to hire a head coach on a full-time basis. In 2012, O'Donnell donated an additional $30 million to the university.
The 1998 Harvard team had a 15-0 record at O'Donnell Field and is the only team in program history to have an undefeated home record.
The field features a natural grass surface, bullpens, and shrubbery beyond the outfield fence. Bleacher seating is located behind home plate and on the first base side of the field. In 2004, a new backstop and dugouts were added to the field. Additionally, the height of the outfield fence was raised from three feet to four feet.
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