Sewell–Thomas Stadium

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Sewell–Thomas Stadium
"The Joe"
Sewell-Thomas Stadium.jpg
Location 241 Paul W Bryant Drive, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401, United States
Coordinates 33°12′19″N 87°32′19″W / 33.205156°N 87.538719°W / 33.205156; -87.538719
Opened March 26, 1948
(renovated 1996, 2001)
Owner University of Alabama
Operator University of Alabama
Surface Natural Grass
Capacity 6,571
Field size 335' RF/LF, 411' CF, 365' Alleys
Tenants
Alabama Crimson Tide (NCAA) (March 26, 1948 - Present)

Sewell–Thomas Stadium is a baseball stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. It is the home field of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide college baseball team. The stadium opened in 1948 and the current seating capacity is 6,571. The stadium is commonly referred to as "The Joe".

Coleman Coliseum, the home to Crimson Tide basketball, is located beyond the right field fence. Sewell-Thomas sits across Paul W. Bryant Drive (formerly 10th Street) from the Bryant Museum and Conference Center.

History[edit]

The stadium opened as Thomas Field on March 26, 1948, in honor of former Tide head coach Frank Thomas, with a capacity of 2,000. In 1978, a bill was introduced by undergraduate SGA Senator Mike Harrington to rename the stadium Sewell–Thomas Stadium, adding the name of former UA baseball standout and head coach Joe Sewell, who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in 1977.

Alabama has ranked in the top 10 nationally in attendance many times. In several years, the program has been in the nation's top 5 teams in average home attendance over the years, including second-place finishes in 2000, 2001 and 2002. In 2013, the Crimson Tide ranked 14th in among Division I baseball programs in attendance, averaging 3,262 per home game.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 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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