Klein Field at Sunken Diamond

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Klein Field at Sunken Diamond
Klein Field at Sunken Diamond 2015.JPG
The field in July 2015
Former names Sunken Diamond
Location Stanford University
Stanford, California
Coordinates 37°25′55″N 122°09′32″W / 37.432°N 122.159°W / 37.432; -122.159Coordinates: 37°25′55″N 122°09′32″W / 37.432°N 122.159°W / 37.432; -122.159
Owner Stanford University
Operator Stanford University
Capacity 4,000
Field size Left Field: 335'
Center: 400'
Right Field: 335'
Surface Natural grass
Opened 1931, 86 years ago
Stanford Cardinal (NCAA DI Pac-12)

Klein Field at Sunken Diamond is a college baseball stadium on the campus of Stanford University in Stanford, California. It is the home field of the Stanford Cardinal of the Pac-12 Conference.

The stadium was built 86 years ago in 1931 and has a seating capacity of 4,000.[1] When the adjacent football stadium was originally built in 1921, dirt was excavated from the site of the future baseball stadium, which created a "sunken" field a decade later.

Originally just known simply as Sunken Diamond, the field was renamed in 2008 to honor Stanford athlete and donor Bud Klein (1927–2011) and his family.[2][3][4]

In 2013, the Cardinal ranked 39th among Division I baseball programs in attendance, averaging 1,747 per home game.[5]

In 2012, college baseball writer Eric Sorenson ranked the facility as the fourth best setting in Division I baseball.[6]

The playing field at Sunken Diamond is oriented in an unorthodox configuration, with the batter and catcher facing south. The recommended orientation of a baseball diamond is east-northeast.[7]

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  1. ^ About Klein Field at Sunken Diamond Archived 2009-10-24 at WebCite at gostanford.com, URL accessed October 24, 2009. Archived 10/24/09
  2. ^ "Stanford To Play Non-Conference Game At No. 18 California Tuesday" (Press release). Stanford Department of Athletics. March 4, 2008. Archived from the original on January 18, 2012. Retrieved June 4, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Long-time supporter Bud Klein passes". Go Stanford. May 6, 2011. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  4. ^ Fawthrop, Wendy Jalonen (September 2011). "Thank him for coolers". Stanford Alumni Magazine. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  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. 
  7. ^ "Objectives of the Game - rule 1.04". Major League Baseball. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 

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