Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium
|Location||University of Arizona
|Owner||University of Arizona|
|Operator||University of Arizona|
|Field size||Left field - 360 ft (110 m)
Center field - 400 ft (122 m)
Right field - 360 ft (110 m)
|Surface||natural grass - (1967 - )|
|Arizona Wildcats - (NCAA) (1967-2011)|
Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium is a college baseball stadium in Tucson, Arizona, on the campus of the University of Arizona. Until 2011, it was the home field of the Arizona Wildcats of the Pac-10 Conference.
Opened in 1967 and originally called "Wildcat Field," the stadium was named after Frank Sancet (head coach from 1950–72) in 1986, and was renamed in 2004 to include former head coach Jerry Kindall. Beginning in the 2012 season, the Wildcat baseball team plays at Hi Corbett Field, a former spring training facility located about three miles southeast of campus; the Wildcat football program has been using Jerry Kindall Field as a football practice facility since the 2012 preseason, and the 2013 football spring game was held there, due to renovations at Arizona Stadium.
- Surface: The outfield is Bermuda, while the infield is a Tifgreen (said to be durable in hot weather, a factor during the baseball season in Tucson). The infield consists of Stabilizer Red dirt, and Stabilizer Clay is used around home plate and on the mound. A new irrigation system was installed in 2007 for the infield grass and dirt. The grounds crews overseeds the field in November with a Perennial Rye, Arnold Palmer II, to prepare it for the season. The area in front of the dugouts is AstroTurf.
- Field dimensions: 360 feet (110 m) down each foul line, 378 feet (115 m) to the power alleys and 400 feet (122 m) to center field.
- Through 2008, Arizona has posted a 32-year mark of 820-343-3 (.705) in more than 1,100 games at Sancet Stadium. UA has had just three losing records at Sancet Stadium and nearly reached perfection in 1974 with a 37-1 home campaign. The stadium has also been the site of four NCAA Regionals (1979, '80, '89 and '92).
- Ballpark traditions include the "Sixth Street Slam", when an Arizona player hits it over the right field fence and onto traffic on Tucson's 6th Street.
- The visitors' section of the stands is often occupied by members of the Hot Corner, the baseball contingent of the Zona Zoo, Arizona's athletics student section.
Changes to Sancet Stadium
The field was first modernized in 1975. In 1988, a $160,000 scoreboard, complete with a computerized message center, was purchased through advertising contracts with Gatorade and The Arizona Daily Star. Larger dugouts were added in 1990, and the stadium got its own "Green Monster" in 1995 with the installation of a wall designed to block traffic lights from adjacent Sixth Street during night games. A new, expanded press box was completed in 1997. Changes made in time for the 2006 season included an 11 x 20 ft videoboard, new batting cages and a lawn seating area (similar to those featured in some minor league, and major league spring training, ballparks); the protective wall in right field was turned into the "College World Series" wall, commemorating the Wildcat baseball program's fifteen appearances (to that date) in the CWS in Omaha, including three national championship titles in 1976, 1980, and 1986, all coached by Jerry Kindall. The Wildcats also won in 2012, their first year not at Sancet Stadium.
Media related to Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium at Wikimedia Commons
- Arizona Wildcats athletics website - Sancet Stadium