|Former names||Bierman Field 1971-78|
|Location||516 15th Av. SE., Minneapolis
1606 8th Street SE
|Owner||University of Minnesota|
|Operator||University of Minnesota|
|Construction cost||$7.1 Million|
|Field dimensions||Left Field - 330 feet (100 m)
Left-Center - 360 feet (110 m)
Center Field - 380 feet (120 m)
Right-Center - 360 feet (110 m)
Right Field - 330 feet (100 m)
|Minnesota Golden Gophers (NCAA baseball) (1971-present)
Minneapolis Loons (Independent) (1994-95)
Big Ten Tournament (1984, 1986, 2000, 2002-04)
|This article is outdated. (April 2013)|
Siebert Field is the baseball stadium at the University of Minnesota where the Minnesota Golden Gophers college baseball team currently plays portions of their seasons. (Some early season contests are normally held at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.) It is named in honor of Dick Siebert, a former head coach who led the Gophers to three national titles. From 1971 to 1978 it was known as Bierman Field, in honor of Bernie Bierman.
History and features
The ballfield is part of an athletic complex on a single large block that also has facilities for track-and-field, football, softball and indoor sports, and is adjacent to the other U of M sports venues as well as the campustown area called Dinkytown. The block containing Siebert Field is bounded by 15th Avenue SE and railroad tracks, to the northwest and north; 8th Street SE, to the northeast; 5th Street SE, to the southwest; and railroad tracks to the south and southeast.
The official street address of Siebert Field, according to the Gophers website, is 516 15th Avenue SE. The sign at the ballpark entrance reads 1606 8th Street SE. The ballfield itself is set back from 15th Avenue, with a football practice field in between. 8th Street borders the ballpark on its third base side.
Prior to 1971 the team played at Delta Field, which was beyond the left field fence of the Bierman/Siebert ballfield.. The old field is now occupied by a cluster of softball diamonds. The track-and-field stadium beyond the right field corner of Siebert Field carries Bierman's name.
Siebert Field was built on a former Minneapolis neighborhood. The tops of the houses were razed, and the outfield is built on the foundations of old houses. It is located adjacent to the Northstar Apartment complex.
In 1994-1995, Siebert Field was home to an independent pro team, the Minneapolis Loons.
Numerous Minnesota State High School League baseball tournament games have been played at Siebert over the years.
Due to the dilapidated condition of the grandstand, the University is in the planning stages of placing a new stadium on the current location, which will be funded privately and is expected to cost $7.5 million in the first stage. Current plans call for the construction of a new grandstand, improved concession and restroom facilities, a new FieldTurf playing surface, and a new entrance on the south side of the stadium, providing improved access to the campus and local parking facilities.
Early-season games had been routinely played at the Metrodome for some years, with the team moving outdoors to Siebert once the weather was sufficiently warm. A trend of playing the majority of home games at another facility began in 2004, when 24 of 35 home games were played at the Metrodome.
All home games in 2010 were played at the Metrodome, with the exception of one game at Target Field.
The 2011 season schedule also called for all home games to be played at the Metrodome. However, the collapse of the Metrodome's roof and the subsequent heavy damage to the stadium forced the Gophers to move elsewhere. Games scheduled in March were moved to other cities or canceled. Twelve home games against Big Ten Conference opponents were moved to Target Field, while three midweek non-conference games were played at Siebert Field.
In early 2012, the university announced plans to construct a new baseball facility, to be completed by year's end. For the 2012 season, one home game was scheduled at Siebert Field and one home game was scheduled for Target Field, with all other home games in the Metrodome.
On June 11, 2012, the university held the groundbreaking ceremony for the new facility. Phase 1 of the project, set to be completed by December 2012, includes the demolition of the current facility, reorientation of the playing surface, and installation of artificial turf. New seating areas, locker rooms, and training areas will also be added.
- Siebert Field - Minneapolis, Minnesota
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