Meiklejohn Stadium

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Meiklejohn Stadium
Former names Murphy Field (2000-2006)
Location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
Coordinates 39°56′37″N 75°11′38″W / 39.9437°N 75.1938°W / 39.9437; -75.1938Coordinates: 39°56′37″N 75°11′38″W / 39.9437°N 75.1938°W / 39.9437; -75.1938
Owner University of Pennsylvania
Capacity 850
Field size

Left - 330 ft.
Center - 380 ft.

Right - 330 ft.[1]
Surface Grass
Construction
Built 1999
Opened March 23, 2000
Construction cost USD $2,000,000
Tenants
Pennsylvania Quakers (Ivy League) (2000-present)

Meiklejohn Stadium is a ballpark in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is on the University of Pennsylvania campus and is the home field for the University of Pennsylvania Quakers varsity baseball team.

The field is near Franklin Field along the eastern edge of the university's campus, along the Schuylkill River. The ballpark is tucked away near the intersection of the Schuylkill Expressway and University Avenue. The CSX railroad tracks run behind home plate and are still in use. I-76 (the Schuylkill Expressway) runs parallel to the outfield wall with exit 41 visible from home plate. The right field foul line is kept tight by a large power plant that has two rising cooling tanks and a fence around its perimeter.[2] When it opened, the dimensions were reported to be 289 feet to the left field foul pole, 317 feet to the right field foul pole, and 385 feet to dead center field. The first game was played on March 23, 2000, against St. Joseph's University;[3] Penn beat St. Joe's 13-12.[4] The ballpark does not have lights, so all games are played during the day.

The stadium opened in 2000 and was originally called Murphy Field after the athletic fields on which the ballpark was built. The university referred it to as "Penn Stadium at Murphy Field" in Athletic Department publications.[5] These fields were named for Mike Murphy, an early Penn track coach (1896-1901 and 1905-1913) who won eight intercollegiate track championships at Penn.[6] It was renamed Meiklejohn Stadium in 2006 to honor Penn-donor William Meiklejohn, a 1942 graduate of the Wharton school and his wife, Louise. Their contributions to the University included $10 million in 2005 to help renovate the baseball field including the addition of a new scoreboard. The field was officially renamed on April 1, 2006, prior to a double-header against Brown University.[7]

Penn baseball had previously played at Bower Field which was known to be a pitchers' ballpark. Bower was 330 feet down the line in left field, 340 feet down the line to right, 410 feet to dead-center, and had a 25-foot high fence extending from left-center to right-center.[8] Franklin Field served as Penn's home baseball field early in its history. Records show that the Penn varsity baseball team played at Franklin Field from 1895[9] until at least 1924[10] if not later.

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  1. ^ "Meiklejohn Stadium". University of Pennsylvania. 2004-07-01. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  2. ^ "Murphy field keeps dream alive for Temple baseball". The Temple News. 2000-04-20. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  3. ^ Kelly, Ryan (2000-03-09). "Taking to the field: Baseball welcomes the opening of Penn's new stadium at Murphy Field". The Daily Pennsylvanian (University of Pennsylvania). Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  4. ^ Nagle, Jay (2000-03-24). "Quakers break in new park". Philadelphia Inquirer. 
  5. ^ "University of Pennsylvania: Athletic Facilities" (PDF). Ivy League Sports. 2003–2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 23, 2007. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  6. ^ D.L. Reeves (sporting editor, Philadelphia Public Ledger) (1913-06-22). "Michael C. Murphy As Known By An Intimate Acquaintance". Anaconda Standard. 
  7. ^ Bernstein, David (2006-03-31). "Field to be renamed at ceremony tomorrow". The Daily Pennsylvanian (University of Pennsylvania). Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  8. ^ Hynd, Noel (March 1999). "The Boys of Spring: Don't miss this year's baseball team". The Pennsylvania Gazette (University of Pennsylvania). Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  9. ^ Woods, Michael T. (August 2005). "Penn Baseball in the 1800s: 1895 Varsity Team". University of Pennsylvania: University Archives. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  10. ^ "PENN BEATS YALE IN STRAW HAT GAME; Ten Thousand Baseball Fans, Many in Summer Head Dress, See Favorites Win, 8-5.". New York Times. 1924-05-24. pp. S2. Retrieved 2009-04-17. 

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