Baum–Walker Stadium

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Baum–Walker Stadium
2015 Fayetteville Super Regional 001.jpg
Full nameBaum–Walker Stadium at George Cole Field
Location1255 South Razorback Road,
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701
Coordinates36°03′1.13″N 94°10′57.34″W / 36.0503139°N 94.1825944°W / 36.0503139; -94.1825944Coordinates: 36°03′1.13″N 94°10′57.34″W / 36.0503139°N 94.1825944°W / 36.0503139; -94.1825944
OwnerUniversity of Arkansas
OperatorUniversity of Arkansas
Record attendance13,472 (March 3, 2018 vs Southern California)
Field sizeLeft Field - 320 ft (97.5 m)
Left-Center - 375 ft (114.3 m)
Center Field - 400 ft (121.9 m)
Right-Center - 365 ft (111.3 m)
Right Field - 320 ft (97.5 m)
Surfacehybrid bermuda grass (2004–present)
Artificial turf (1996–2003)
Broke groundOctober 12, 1994
OpenedApril 13, 1996
Renovated2003, 2004, 2006, 2007
Expanded2003, 2006, 2007, 2021
Construction cost$8.9 million
General contractorKinco, Inc
Arkansas Razorbacks baseball (NCAA Division I SEC) (1996–present)

Baum–Walker Stadium at George Cole Field is the home venue of the Arkansas Razorbacks baseball team of the NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference, located in Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States.[2] The playing field itself is named George Cole Field, in honor of the former Arkansas athletic director. George Cole Field was also the name of the Razorbacks' old home stadium, in use from 1975 to March 1996. Baum Stadium replaced George Cole Field in April 1996. The stadium is located one-half mile from the main Arkansas campus, which lies across Razorback Road from the stadium. On January 31, 2019 the stadium was renamed Baum–Walker Stadium at George Cole Field in recognition of longtime support from the Walker Family and the Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation.[3]


Baum–Walker Stadium, April 2013

Baum Stadium officially opened in 1996. It was designed by Populous (formerly HOK Sport), an architecture firm that has also designed several major league stadiums.[4] Its first game was a 9–2 Arkansas win over Auburn on April 13, 1996. The stadium was dedicated prior to a 9–3 Arkansas win over Alabama on May 3, 1996.

In 1998, Baum Stadium was named the country's number one college baseball facility by Baseball America, and claimed the top spot again in 2018.[2] In 1999, Arkansas won the regular season Southeastern Conference title and had an average home attendance of 3,780 spectators, the sixth-highest total in Division I college baseball. That year, the stadium hosted an NCAA regional.[2]

Prior to the 2003 season, 2,600 chairback seats were added (1,300 down each foul line). In addition, the hitting and pitching cages were enclosed to allow year-round access.[2] During the 2003 and 2004 seasons, renovations took place. Coaches offices and eight luxury boxes were added above the seating areas. Also, a new scoreboard was built in right field. The scoreboard stands 51 feet high and is 76 feet wide and features four classic brick pillars.[2] Also in 2004, a natural grass surface was added, replacing the AstroTurf field that had been in place since the stadium opened. Rye grass was initially used for the 2004 season but was in 2005 replaced by a hybrid bermuda grass. In November 2006, the stadium underwent its third expansion since the 2003 season. The expansion includes 20 luxury boxes, 1,500 chairback seats, and a new outfield area to bring the stadium's capacity 10,737 spectators. The expansions have made the stadium the second biggest, by listed capacity, in the Southeastern Conference.[2]

Baum Stadium hosted its first #1 vs. #1 matchup ever on April 7, 2009, a 7-3 Razorbacks victory over the Arizona State Sun Devils.[5] The Hogs were #1 in Collegiate Baseball's poll, with ASU pulling a top ranking from Baseball America and the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll.[6] The very next night, the Hogs set a then Baum Stadium record for attendance at 11,044 when they completed the sweep of the Sun Devils.[7]

Before the 2016 season, another new scoreboard was unveiled, becoming the largest video board in collegiate baseball.


Rank Attendance Opponent Date Notes
1 13,472 Southern California March 3, 2018 [8]
2 12,589 Mississippi State April 25, 2015 [9]
3 12,167 Missouri State June 6, 2015 Fayetteville Super Regional
4 12,006 South Alabama March 7, 2020 [10]
5 11,722 South Carolina June 9, 2018 Fayetteville Super Regional[11]

During the weekend of May 4, 2007, Baum Stadium set a record attendance mark for a regular season three-game conference series. In the series against LSU, a total of 29,971 spectators attended the three-game series, which LSU won two games to one.[2] The stadium's single-game attendance record of 11,103 spectators was set on April 9, 2011, in an 8–7 Arkansas win over LSU.[7]

In 2019, the Razorbacks finished 2nd in the nation in average attendance, drawing an average of 9,178 fans over 40 home games.[12] The per-game figure, as well as the total attendance of 348,775 were both program records.[13]

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  1. ^ "Action packed: Hogs welcome more fans, SEC title shot". 20 May 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "2007 Razorback Baseball Media Guide." Dave van[permanent dead link] Retrieved on 21 March 2008.
  3. ^ Trainor, Kevin (January 31, 2019). "Home Of Razorback Baseball Has New Name". University of Arkansas Athletics. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  4. ^ "Baum Stadium". Arkansas Diamonds: The Ballparks of Arkansas and Their History. Archived from the original on 2012-03-20. Retrieved 15 May 2012.
  5. ^ Pierce, Phil. "No. 1 Razorbacks Down No. 1 Arizona State." 4/7/09. Game Summary. Archived 2012-03-20 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on April 8, 2009.
  6. ^ Pierce, Phil. "Collegiate Baseball ranks Arkansas No. 1." 4/6/09. Game Summary. Archived 2012-03-20 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on April 8, 2009.
  7. ^ a b "The Slophouse » Diamond Hogs sweep No. 1 Arizona State". Archived from the original on 2009-04-11. Retrieved 2009-04-09.
  8. ^ Jones, Matt (March 3, 2018). "Diamond Hogs top 13,000 tickets sold for first time". Whole Hog Sports. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  9. ^ "Baseball Attendance Records". 11 February 2016. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  10. ^ "2020 Arkansas Baseball South Alabama at #13 Arkansas" (PDF). Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  11. ^ "Game 1 | NCAA Fayetteville Super Regional June 9, 2018 Baum Stadium" (PDF). Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  12. ^ "Baseball Attendance Records" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  13. ^ "Baseball Attendance Records". Arkansas Razorbacks Baseball. University of Arkansas. 11 February 2016. Retrieved 22 September 2020.

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