Liberty Baseball Stadium

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Liberty Baseball Stadium
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Liberty Baseball Stadium in 2015
Location Campus of Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia, United States
Coordinates 37°21′23″N 79°10′39″W / 37.356456°N 79.177507°W / 37.356456; -79.177507Coordinates: 37°21′23″N 79°10′39″W / 37.356456°N 79.177507°W / 37.356456; -79.177507
Owner Liberty University
Operator Liberty University
Executive suites 3
Capacity 2,500
Record attendance 3,983 (April 10, 2015 vs. Campbell University)
Surface AstroTurf
Scoreboard Electronic with video board
Construction
Built 2012–2013
Opened February 23, 2013 (2013-02-23)
Construction cost $9 million+
Tenants
Liberty Flames baseball (NCAA DI Big South) (2013–present)

Liberty Baseball Stadium is a baseball venue in Lynchburg, Virginia. It is the home field of the Liberty Flames baseball team, a member of the NCAA Division I Big South Conference. The stadium opened in February 2013 and has a capacity of 2,500 spectators. It hosted the 2013 Big South Tournament.

History[edit]

In August 2011, Liberty University announced plans for a new baseball venue, which would be built next to Williams Stadium, the school's football venue. The venue was planned to replace Al Worthington Stadium, the Liberty baseball program's home field since the 1979 season.[1] When the venue was initially announced, it was planned to have a capacity of roughly 3,000 spectators and construction costs of roughly $5 million.[2] Construction on the venue began in 2012.[3] It was completed in February 2013, immediately before the start of the 2013 season, with a capacity of 2,500 spectators and construction costs of more than $9 million.[4][5]

The stadium's first game was played on February 23, 2013. Liberty defeated Penn State, 4-1, and a then stadium-record 2,565 spectators attended the game.[6][7] Liberty won its first seven games in the venue, with the team's first loss coming against William & Mary on March 5. Liberty's regular season home record in 2013 was 20-9.[8]

Features[edit]

The stadium features an AstroTurf field.[9] Its capacity of 2,500 spectators consists of chairback seats, berm seating, and standing room. It has a press box, three private suites, a concourse, concession stands, and an electronic scoreboard and video board. Practice areas and player lounges were also built with the stadium.[5][10]

Events[edit]

The stadium hosted the 2013 Big South Tournament from May 21–25.[10] Liberty, the fifth seed, won the tournament. Liberty was the first host school to win the Big South Tournament since 1992.[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Liberty Announces Plans for New Baseball Stadium". Liberty.edu. August 10, 2011. Archived from the original on July 8, 2013. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ "New Liberty University Baseball Stadium Approved". Ballpark Business. August 11, 2011. Archived from the original on July 8, 2013. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Baseball Stadium Construction Update". Liberty.edu. June 25, 2012. Archived from the original on July 8, 2013. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ Schaerr, Rachel (February 20, 2013). "Liberty Baseball Team Getting New Stadium". WSET.com. Archived from the original on July 8, 2013. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Saunders, Tim (March 4, 2013). "New Baseball Stadium Part of Major Construction at Liberty University". WDBJ-7. Archived from the original on July 8, 2013. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Flames Open Liberty Baseball Stadium with WIn". Liberty.edu. February 23, 2013. Archived from the original on July 8, 2013. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  7. ^ Feldkamp, Justin (February 23, 2013). "Liberty Opens New Baseball Stadium with a Victory". WSET. Archived from the original on July 8, 2013. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  8. ^ "2013 Liberty Flames Baseball Schedule". Liberty.edu. Archived from the original on July 8, 2013. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Liberty Athletics Facilities Overview". Liberty.edu. Archived from the original on July 8, 2013. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Wilmer, Brian (May 17, 2013). "New Liberty Baseball Stadium to Host Big South Tournament". StadiumJourney.com. Archived from the original on July 8, 2013. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Liberty Wins Big South Title; Tribe Falls in CAA Championship Game". TimesDispatch.com. May 26, 2013. Archived from the original on July 8, 2013. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 

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