Latham Baseball Stadium

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This article is about the Furman University baseball venue. For the Elon University baseball venue, see Walter C. Latham Park.
Latham Baseball Stadium
Full name John T. and Gloria Latham Baseball Stadium
Former names Furman Baseball Stadium (1956-2008)
Location 1612 Duncan Chapel Road, Greenville, SC, USA
Coordinates 34°55′17″N 82°26′33″W / 34.921472°N 82.44256°W / 34.921472; -82.44256Coordinates: 34°55′17″N 82°26′33″W / 34.921472°N 82.44256°W / 34.921472; -82.44256
Owner Furman University
Capacity 2,000
Field size 330 ft. (LF), 350 ft. (LCF), 393 (CF), 371 ft. (RCF), 330 ft. (RF)
Surface Natural grass
Scoreboard Electronic
Construction
Built 1956
Opened March 20, 1956
Renovated 1998, 2001
Tenants
Furman University Paladins college baseball (Southern Conference) (1956-present)

Latham Baseball Stadium is a baseball venue located in Greenville, South Carolina, USA. It is home to the Furman Paladins college baseball team. The venue opened in 1956 and has a capacity of 2,000 spectators.[1]

Naming[edit]

The stadium is named after Tommy Latham and his family. Latham was an All-Conference baseball player at Furman. The venue was renamed and dedicated to him and his family in May 2008 prior to a conference game against Davidson, with the park's full name becoming John T. and Gloria Latham Baseball Stadium (John and Gloria Latham are the parents of the Paladin baseball player Tommy). The Latham family made a contribution of $1 million for the park to be renamed.[2] Prior to the renaming, the field had been known as Furman Baseball Stadium since its construction in 1956.[1]

Features[edit]

In 1997, the field's seating areas were renovated, with 300 permanent stadium seats being added behind home plate. In 2001, lights were added to the facility, allowing night games to be played for the first time. The first night game was played on April 13, 2001, against UNC Greensboro. In 2006, batting cage was added to the facility; it is located down the left field line. The stadium also features a press box, scoreboard, and expanded dugouts.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Latham Baseball Stadium, URL accessed December 11, 2010. Archived 12-11-2010
  2. ^ Furman To Dedicate Latham Baseball Stadium This Saturday at ncaa.com, URL accessed December 11, 2010. Archived 12-11-2010