Drayton McLane Baseball Stadium at John H. Kobs Field

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Drayton McLane Baseball Stadium at John H. Kobs Field
Former names Old College Field (1902–1969)
Location East Lansing, Michigan
Owner Michigan State University
Operator Michigan State University
Capacity 4,000
Field size Center Field - 400 ft
Right Field - 301
Broke ground 1900
Opened April 18, 1902[1]
Renovated 2006
April, 2009
Construction cost $4.3 million (2009 reconstruction)
Michigan State Spartans baseball team

Drayton McLane Baseball Stadium at John H. Kobs Field is a college baseball stadium in East Lansing, Michigan. The stadium holds roughly 4,600 people. It is located on a floodplain on the inside of a bend in the Red Cedar River known traditionally as Old College Field (opened in 1902)[2] and is the home field for the Michigan State University Spartans college baseball team. The facility received a $4.3 million renovation in 2009. The field itself is named after former MSU baseball coach John Kobs (named for him in 1969), and the stadium facility is named after former Houston Astros owner and Michigan State alumni Drayton McLane Jr., whose donation in 2008 allowed for the renovation of the new facility.

The first official game in the newly renovated stadium was played on April 4, 2009. Spartan pitcher Nolan Moody threw a no-hitter against Northwestern University. It marked MSU's first no-hitter in 16 years.

The numbers of four former players have been honored by the Spartans and hang on the right field fence: No. 36 Robin Roberts, No. 30 Kirk Gibson, No. 10 Steve Garvey and No. 5 Tom Yewcic. Also honored are No. 25, worn by coach John Kobs and No. 1 worn by coach Danny Litwhiler.

High school and amateur baseball games also take place at Kobs Field. It was the largest baseball stadium in the Lansing area until the completion of Oldsmobile Park.

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Coordinates: 42°43′56″N 84°29′18″W / 42.73222°N 84.48833°W / 42.73222; -84.48833