Pete Beiden Field

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Pete Beiden Field
Former names Varsity Park (1966-1972)
Location N Cedar Avenue and Bulldog Lane, Fresno, California, US
Coordinates 36°48′49″N 119°45′21″W / 36.813477°N 119.755699°W / 36.813477; -119.755699Coordinates: 36°48′49″N 119°45′21″W / 36.813477°N 119.755699°W / 36.813477; -119.755699
Owner Fresno State University
Operator Fresno State University
Capacity 5,757
Record attendance 5,673
Field size 330 ft. (LF), 370 ft. (LCF), 400 ft. (CF), 370 ft. (RCF), 330 ft. (RF)
Surface Natural grass
Scoreboard Electronic
Construction
Built 1966
Renovated 1969, 1983, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2004, 2010
Tenants
Fresno State University Bulldogs baseball (MWC) (1966-present)
Fresno Grizzlies (PCL) (1998-2001)

Pete Beiden Field, formerly Varsity Park, is a baseball stadium on the campus of the California State University, Fresno in Fresno, California, United States. It was built in 1966. The field is the home of the Fresno State Bulldogs baseball team and named after former Fresno State baseball coach Pete Beiden. The park was redesigned in 1983 and now holds 5,757 people.[1] Prior to the 2002 opening of Grizzlies Stadium, the park also was the home of the Fresno Grizzlies minor league baseball team of the triple-A Pacific Coast League.[2]

History[edit]

Originally known as Varsity Park, the field was dedicated in 1972 to Pete Beiden, Fresno State baseball coach from 1948–1969. Beiden, who led the program to 600 wins in his 21 seasons, was inducted in 1972 into the College Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.[1]

Stadium lighting was installed in 1969 and updated in 1996. In 1983, the venue underwent a $2.2 million redesign. In 1998, a new scoreboard, PA system, and bleacher sections along both foul lines were added. In 1999, the natural grass infield was renovated. In 2004, the left field bleacher section (added in 1998) was removed to allow for indoor batting cages and a clubhouse to be built.[1] Following the 2010 season, further renovations added a turf "halo" surrounding the infield and a new sound system.[3]

As of the end of the 2009 season, Fresno State has a 1023–439–1 (.699) all-time record at Beiden Field.[1]

Fresno State will host the 2013 Mountain West Conference Baseball Tournament at the stadium from May 22 through May 26, at the conclusion of their first season in the Mountain West Conference.[4]

Features[edit]

On the field itself, the facility features bullpens, 200,000 ft.² of grass surface, cinder-clay mix infield dirt, and a rock dirt warning track. In 2000, the American Baseball Coaches Association/Turface Field Maintenance Award was given to the field's groundskeepers. On the center field wall, the numbers of two Fresno State coaches (#2 for Pete Beiden and #26 for Bob Bennett) are displayed. In addition, a seven-foot statue of Beiden stands outside the stadium. The field's stadium lighting includes eight towers with a total of 98 bulbs.[1]

Around the playing field, the facility includes a clubhouse, offices, batting cages, restrooms, concessions stands, and a press box suitable for 40 media members.[1]

Attendance[edit]

Out of the venue's capacity of 5,757 spectators, 3,575 seats are chairback. The main, concrete seating structure lies behind home plate, while additional bleacher seating lies down the right field foul line. The section behind home plate features four lower rows of box seats and sixteen upper rows of more chairback seating. The two sections are separated by a cross aisle.[1]

In 1988 and 1989, the program led Division I college baseball in single-game attendance.[1] In 2013, the Bulldogs ranked 45th among Division I baseball programs in attendance, averaging 1,432 per home game.[5]

Top 10 single games[edit]

The following is a list of the top 10 single-game attendance figures at Beiden Field.[1]

Rk. Attendance Opponent Year
1 5,673 USC 1988
2 5,455 USC 1988
2 5,455 BYU 1988
4 5,422 Michigan 1989
5 5,406 Notre Dame 1989
6 5,355 Minnesota 1988
7 5,223 Stanford 1991
8 5,220 Cal State Fullerton 1995
9 5,113 Stanford 1998
10 5,021 Stanford 1988

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Athletics Department (2010). "Pete Beiden Field -- Home of Bulldog Baseball". California State University, Fresno. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  2. ^ Merzbach, Brian. "Pete Beiden Field". Ballpark Reviews. Archived from the original on 2011-12-29. Retrieved 31 December 2011. Beiden Field was originally built for the Fresno State collegiate team, but doubled as a professional venue from 1998-2001 while the Fresno Grizzlies were awaiting their new downtown ballpark to be completed. 
  3. ^ Fresno State University Athletic Department (September 29, 2010). "Dugout Club Helps Fund Beiden Improvements". Archived from the original on 2010-10-08. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  4. ^ "2013 Mountain West Conference Baseball Championship Central". themwc.com. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  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. 

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