|Location||Cullen Boulevard @ Elgin Street
|Owner||University of Houston System|
|Operator||University of Houston|
|Field size||Left Field: 330 ft (100 m)
Center Field: 400 ft (122 m)
Right Field: 330 ft (100 m)
|Surface||Natural grass (1995–2014)
|Opened||February 22, 1995|
|Construction cost||$30 million USD|
|Houston Cougars baseball (NCAA) (1995–present)
Texas Arrow Heads (Pro Cricket) (2004)
C-USA Tournament (2004, 2010)
Cougar Field is a baseball stadium in Houston, Texas. It is the home field of the Houston Cougars baseball team. Several iterations of Cougar Field have existed. The current stadium holds 5,000 people, and opened for baseball in 1995. With a 1,500 square foot Daktronics video board, Cougar Field features the largest scoreboard in college baseball. Since its opening, Cougar Field has hosted several notable college baseball events.
Prior to 1961, the Cougars played at Buff Stadium. The original baseball stadium named Cougar Field was built roughly in the same area as the current one. Before 1968, it existed where Hofheinz Pavilion is today. To make room for the then new basketball arena, Cougar Field was moved next door. This iteration of Cougar Field stayed in the same location until March 29, 1994 when it was demolished in preparation for the establishment of the UH Athletics/Alumni center. To finish the rest of their season's home games, the Cougars played at Texas A&M University's Olsen Field and crosstown Rice University's Cameron Field. After a multimillion dollar donation from Cougar alumnus and San Diego Padres owner John Moores, the current stadium was built throughout the remainder of the year, and had its first game on February 22, 1995.
In late 2013, Houston, citing national competitiveness in recruiting, changed Cougar Field's playing surface from natural grass to artificial turf. In September 2015, Houston announced a new 20,000 square foot clubhouse and player development center to be constructed for Cougar Field. In October 2015, a new Daktronics video board with 1,500 square feet of space replaced the original one, and Cougar Field became host to the largest scoreboard in college baseball.
Since its opening in 1995, Cougar Field has hosted several notable college baseball events. In both 1999 and 2000 an NCAA Regional was hosted at the ball park. Also in 2000, Cougar Field was home to an NCAA Super Regional. In addition, the 2004 and 2010 Conference USA Baseball Tournaments were both hosted at the Field.
Cougar Field is a scaled-down version of a major league ballpark. Until October 2015, it featured a scoreboard with a Philips Vidiwall LED video screen constructed by Spectrum Corporation. It was replaced by a Daktronics video board, which is the largest in college baseball. Cougar Field seats up to 5,000 spectators, whereas most of the seats are covered by a canopy roof.
For players, in addition to locker rooms, there are facilities for indoor batting practice, storage, and laundry. Cougar Field's press box seats 28, and has booths for television and radio coverage. The field is made of artificial turf, which can increase the running speed, but can also increase injuries as compared to natural grass.
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