Frank Eck Stadium

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Frank Eck Stadium
The Eck
NDU-frank-eck-stadium.jpg
Full name Jake Kline Field at Frank Eck Stadium
Location South Bend, Indiana
Coordinates 41°41′46″N 86°13′41″W / 41.696164°N 86.228192°W / 41.696164; -86.228192Coordinates: 41°41′46″N 86°13′41″W / 41.696164°N 86.228192°W / 41.696164; -86.228192
Type Stadium
Genre(s) Baseball
Capacity 2,500
Record attendance 3,927 (April 21, 2007)
Field size Left field line330 ft (101 m)
Left center380 ft (116 m)
Center field400 ft (122 m)
Right center380 ft (116 m)
Right field line330 ft (101 m)
Surface Grass (1994–2013)
FieldTurf (2014–present)
Construction
Opened March 17, 1994; 23 years ago (1994-03-17)
Construction cost $5.7 million
Tenants
Notre Dame Fighting Irish baseball (1994–present)
NCAA Regional: 1999, 2001

Frank Eck Stadium is a baseball stadium in Notre Dame, Indiana. It hosts the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish college baseball team. The stadium holds 2,500 people and was built in 1994. The stadium was named after Frank Eck, an alumnus, benefactor and advisor to the university.[1]

Since its construction, the stadium has hosted two NCAA Regionals, 1999 and 2001.

History[edit]

In June 1991, the university announced a decision to build a new baseball stadium southeast of the Joyce Center. Frank Eck, a wealthy benefactor and alumnus of the university, helped subsidize the cost of the new stadium with a sizable contribution; the total cost of the new stadium would be $5.7 million. Due to the donation, the new stadium would be named after Eck.

Construction on the new stadium would finish in Spring 1994, with the Irish's first game in the stadium being held on March 30, with a 7–6 win against Indiana.[2] Since its construction, Frank Eck Stadium has been renovated several times. These upgrades include, but are not limited to: a 9,000-square foot indoor hitting and pitching facility; a complete remodel of the locker rooms to include 36 brand new, 30-inch wood lockers, including four specially designed corner lockers for the catchers, as well as flat-screen, HD televisions and installation of FieldTurf for the entire field.[3]

Features[edit]

The facility has a clubhouse and locker room, training area and team rooms, indoor and outdoor hitting cages, turf field, press box, lights for night play, bench and stadium chair seating, entry plaza, concessions and restrooms.[3]

Attendance[edit]

Year Total Yearly Attendance Average Attendance
2010 20,621 1,085[4]
2011 7,927 417[5]
2012 9,724 540[6]
2013 9,296 516[7]
2014 8,948 406[8]
2015 13,390 582[9]
2016 17,987 580[10]
2017 11,518 426[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Notre Dame mourns passing of Frank Eck". University of Notre Dame. 2007. Retrieved June 22, 2017. 
  2. ^ "ND Baseball records - 1990-1999" (PDF). University of Notre Dame. Retrieved June 22, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Frank Eck Baseball Stadium (Baseball)". University of Notre Dame. Retrieved June 22, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Notre Dame - 2010 Season statistics". University of Notre Dame. 2010. Retrieved June 22, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Notre Dame - 2011 Season statistics". University of Notre Dame. 2011. Retrieved June 22, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Notre Dame - 2012 Season statistics". University of Notre Dame. 2012. Retrieved June 22, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Notre Dame - 2013 Season statistics". University of Notre Dame. 2013. Retrieved June 22, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Notre Dame - 2014 Season statistics". University of Notre Dame. 2014. Retrieved June 22, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Notre Dame - 2015 Season statistics". University of Notre Dame. 2015. Retrieved June 22, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Notre Dame - 2016 Season statistics" (PDF). University of Notre Dame. 2016. Retrieved June 22, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Notre Dame - 2017 Season statistics". University of Notre Dame. 2017. Retrieved June 22, 2017. 

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