Raymond C. Hand Park

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Raymond C. Hand Park
Former names Governors Park (1970-1993)
Location Drane Street and Farris Drive, Clarksville, TN, USA
Coordinates 36°32′15″N 87°21′22″W / 36.537442°N 87.355988°W / 36.537442; -87.355988Coordinates: 36°32′15″N 87°21′22″W / 36.537442°N 87.355988°W / 36.537442; -87.355988
Owner Austin Peay State University
Operator Austin Peay State University
Capacity 1,000 (777 seated)
Field size 319 ft. (LF), 373 ft. (LCF), 392 ft. (CF), 365 ft. (RCF), 327 ft. (RF)
Scoreboard Electronic
Construction
Built 1970
Renovated 1993, 2001, 2008
Expanded 1993
Tenants
Austin Peay Governors baseball (OVC) (1970-present), Clarksville Coyotes (BSL, HL) (1996-7)

Raymond C. Hand Park is a baseball venue in Clarksville, Tennessee, USA. It is home to the Austin Peay Governors baseball team of the NCAA Division I Ohio Valley Conference.[1] The facility has a seated capacity of 777 spectators,[2] with a total capacity of over 1,000.[1] The facility opened on March 23, 1970,[2] and is named for Clarksville businessman Raymond C. Hand.[1]

History[edit]

The park opened on March 23, 1970, as Governors Park.[1][2] In 1993, following renovations led by Clarksville businessman Charles Hand, the park was renamed Raymond C. Hand Park after Hand's father. The park has been the home of Austin Peay State's baseball program since its 1970 construction.[1] As of the end of the 2010 season, the Governors have a 576-422-2 all-time record at Hand Park.[2]

In 1996 and 1997, the independent professional Clarksville Coyotes of the Big South League (1996) and Heartland League (1997) played at the venue.[3][4]

Features and renovations[edit]

In 1993, a pair of $25,000 donations from the estate of Raymond C. Hand led to the installation of stadium lighting and construction of a new seating structure. During 1996 and 1997, when the Clarksville Coyotes shared Hand Park, the team collaborated with the university to add ticket booths, concession stands, and restrooms. In 2001, brick facing was added to the backstop and stadium entrance. In 2008, a eight-foot steel outfield fence was built, including a 12-foot batter's eye.[1][2]

The field also features an irrigated natural grass surface.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Raymond C. Hand Park". APSU Governors. Austin Peay State Athletic Department. Archived from the original on 2011-12-20. Retrieved 20 December 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "2011 Baseball Media Guide". Issuu. March 21, 2011. p. 58. Archived from the original on 2011-12-20. Retrieved 20 December 2011. 
  3. ^ Merzbach, Brian. "Raymond C. Hand Park: Clarksville, Tennessee". Ballpark Reviews. Archived from the original on 2011-12-20. Retrieved 20 December 2011. 
  4. ^ O'Reilly, Charles. "Let's Go Peay!". Charlie's Ballparks. Archived from the original on 2011-12-20. Retrieved 20 December 2011.