Dudy Noble Field, Polk–DeMent Stadium

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Polk-DeMent Stadium
Dudy Noble from Right Field.jpg
Full name Dudy Noble Field at Polk–Dement Stadium
Location 145 Lakeview Drive, Starkville, MS, United States
Owner Mississippi State University
Operator Mississippi State University
Capacity 7,600 seats[1]
Record attendance 15,586 (current NCAA on-campus record)
Field size LF: 330, LC: 376, CF: 390, RC: 374, RF: 326
Surface Tiflawn & Tifway II Bermuda Grass
Tenants
Mississippi State Bulldogs (1967-Present)

Dudy Noble Field at Polk-Dement Stadium is a baseball facility on the campus of Mississippi State University and is the home of the Bulldogs Baseball Team. DNF-PDS has been the setting of Southeastern Conference Tournaments, NCAA Regional and Super Regional Championships, and it holds the current NCAA on-campus single-game attendance record at 15,586. It is known for the Left Field Lounge and the best fans in college baseball.

History[edit]

Mississippi State has been playing baseball at the present stadium site for 40 years, dating back to April 3, 1967 and a 5-3 Mississippi State win over Illinois Wesleyan.

What today stands as one of college baseball's top facilities grew in large part from the labors of Tom D'Armi, chief assistant coach to longtime Bulldog skipper Paul Gregory. When the tin-roofed grandstand and bleachers seating more than 2,000 were moved to the stadium's present site in the mid-1960s, it became D'Armi's task to "build" the new field. The task of hauling in and leveling top soil, planting and nurturing the turf, building the bullpens, placing signs on the outfield fence and planting the cedar trees beyond the outfield fence, fell to D'Armi. The hard work didn't go unrecognized. The field was subsequently honored by the U.S. Groundskeeper's Association as the nation's best maintained athletic field.

The facility was constructed on schedule by W.G. Yates & Sons of Philadelphia, Miss.

The Bulldog Club, MSU's athletic fund-raising body, shouldered a $2 million bonding program to account for the biggest portion of the project, with the remainder financed by alumni and friends through the sale of $1,000, $500 and $250 chairback seats, honorary deeds to plots of Dudy Noble Field turf, and other general donations.

For the book, "Inside Dudy Noble, A Celebration of Mississippi State Baseball", MSU alumnus John Grisham wrote an introduction about his time at MSU and in the Left Field Lounge.

The infield and portions of the adjoining outfield areas have in recent years been resodded, the infield dirt replaced, and the pitcher's mound rebuilt.

The green padding on the facing of the stadium wall was replaced prior to the 2002 season, and a new flooring material has been installed in both dugouts and the tunnels leading to them. The Bulldog locker room has been completely recarpeted, improved lighting added and new lockers installed, one of many projects funded by the four-year-old MSU Dugout Club.

Early in the 2004 season a speaker system was added near the concession stand area, while a new state-of-the-art scoreboard/message center was installed in the middle of the season beyond the existing scoreboard.

Also begun during the final week of the 2004 home season was the installation of wrought iron fencing and gates beneath the grandstand.

Additional stadium improvements are on the drawing board, all part of Mississippi State's commitment to maintain Dudy Noble Field, Polk–DeMent Stadium as the consummate collegiate ballpark for players and spectators alike.

In 2007 Dudy Noble held the largest crowd in super regional history of 13,715 in a victory over the Clemson Tigers that sent the Bulldogs to the College World Series in Omaha, NE.

Following the 2008 Season, a new larger Hi-Def video board replaced the 4-year old smaller screen along with a covering for the back of the scoreboard which displays the current year's baseball schedule. Planned renovations for the Summer of 2009 include replacing all the out-dated drainage and pump systems below the field and all grass on the field.

In March 2013, Dudy Noble debuted a new mobile concessions ordering service — http://dawgsnax.com — with in-seat food delivery for fans in the grandstand seating area.[2]

The "Left Field Lounge"[edit]

Dudy Noble Field from Outfield

The Left Field Lounge is the area beyond the outfield fence. It is truly unique in college baseball, and has enabled the grounds to be named the "#1 place to watch college baseball" and among the "100 things you gotta do before you graduate" by Sports Illustrated.[3] In 2009 the Left Field Lounge was named "the country's best tailgating experience" (among all sports venues) by ESPN Magazine.[4]

Championships[edit]

Dudy Noble Field has hosted four SEC tournaments (1979, 1981, 1983, and 1988), one SEC Western Division Tournament (1995), two NCAA District III tournaments (1973 and 1974), 13 NCAA Regional tournaments (1979, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2013 and 2016), and Super Regionals in 2007 and 2016.

Attendance[edit]

SEC weekend games typically draw the largest crowds, giving rise to huge weekend gatherings. Mississippi State currently holds the NCAA record for the largest single game on-campus baseball attendance at 15,586 and the largest SEC crowd for a 3-game weekend series at 39,181. In 2007 versus the Clemson Tigers, MSU had the NCAA's top two all-time highest attended Super Regional games with 12,620 and 13,715 fans.

Mississippi State has all of the top 11 on-campus crowds in the history of college baseball. Overall, DNF-PDS has held 12 crowds over 12,000 and 35 crowds over 10,000.

In 2013, the Bulldogs ranked 4th among Division I baseball programs in attendance, averaging 7,617 per home game.[5]

In 2012, college baseball writer Eric Sorenson ranked the stadium as the best big game atmosphere in Division I baseball.[6]

Top Baseball Crowds at DNF-PDS[edit]

Rank Attendance Opponent Date Record Broken
1 15,586 Ole Miss April 12, 2014 NCAA On-Campus Record
2 15,078 Texas A&M April 16, 2016 #2 NCAA On-Campus Record
3 14,991 Florida April 22, 1989 #3 NCAA On-Campus Record
4 14,562 Auburn April 20, 2013 #4 NCAA On-Campus Record
5 14,378 Louisiana State April 16, 1988 #5 NCAA On-Campus Record
6 13,761 Arkansas April 25, 1992 #6 NCAA On-Campus Record
7 13,715 Clemson June 9, 2007 #7 NCAA On-Campus Record
NCAA Super Regional Single-Game Record
8 13,691 Kentucky April 8, 2017 #8 NCAA On-Campus Record
9 13,617 Georgia April 8, 2006 #9 NCAA On-Campus Record
10 13,452 Arizona June 11, 2016 #10 NCAA On-Campus Record
#2 NCAA Super Regional Single-Game Record
11 13,224 Ole Miss April 11, 2014 #11 NCAA On-Campus Record
12 13,123 Ole Miss April 15, 2000 #12 NCAA On-Campus Record
13 13,004 Florida April 18, 2005 #13 NCAA On-Campus Record
14 12,708 Arizona June 10, 2016 #14 NCAA On-Campus Record
#3 NCAA Super Regional Single-Game Record
15 12,708 Auburn April 24, 1993 #15 NCAA On-Campus Record
16 12,620 Clemson June 8, 2007 #16 NCAA On-Campus Record
#4 NCAA Super Regional Single-Game Record
17 12,360 Georgia April 6, 2002 #19 NCAA On-Campus Record
18 11,763 Auburn April 12, 2003
19 11,515 Ole Miss April 2, 2016
20 11,496 Florida State May 27, 1990
NCAA Regional Single-Game Record
21 11,201 Florida April 9, 2011
22 11,174 Florida April 13, 1991
23 11,127 South Alabama May 26, 2000
24 11,124 South Alabama June 1, 2013
25 11,102 Central Arkansas May 31, 2013
26 11,089 Tennessee April 17, 2010
27 10,958 Auburn April 9, 2005
28 10,832 Notre Dame May 28, 2000
29 10,688 Washington May 25, 1997
30 10,656 Cal State Fullerton June 5, 2016
31 10,619 Florida April 17, 2004
32 10,588 North Carolina May 28, 1989
33 10,555 Kentucky April 18, 2009
34 10,382 Florida April 25, 1987
35 10,371 Ole Miss April 13, 2014
36 10,351 Tennessee April 21, 2012
37 10,324 Kentucky March 31, 2007
38 10,284 Middle Tennessee St. May 30, 2003
39 10,226 Central Arkansas June 2, 2013
40 10,217 Texas Tech February 17, 2017
41 10,164 Ole Miss April 3, 2016
42 10,152 Ole Miss April 1, 2016
43 10,143 Auburn April 19, 2013
44 10,064 Vanderbilt March 22, 2014

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dudy Noble Field Ranked Fifth By Rivals.com Archived April 10, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. at mstateathletics.com, URL accessed May 5, 2010. Archived 5/5/10
  2. ^ http://www.hailstate.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=16800&ATCLID=206654961
  3. ^ http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2003/sioncampus/09/24/100_things0930/index.html
  4. ^ http://www.zinio.com/express3?issue=365161852&o=int&prev=si&pg=seo&p=61
  5. ^ Cutler, Tami (June 11, 2013). "2013 Division I Baseball Attendance - Final Report" (PDF). Sportswriters.net. NCBWA. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 20, 2013. Retrieved July 20, 2013. 
  6. ^ Sorenson, Eric (5 October 2012). "Distiller's Dozen - The "Hey, Nice Stadium" Edition". CollegeBaseballToday.com. Archived from the original on 15 December 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 

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