Radford Baseball Stadium

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Radford Baseball Stadium
Former names Radford Baseball Field (1986-2011)
Location University Drive, Radford, VA, United States
Coordinates 37°08′13″N 80°32′21″W / 37.136911°N 80.539165°W / 37.136911; -80.539165Coordinates: 37°08′13″N 80°32′21″W / 37.136911°N 80.539165°W / 37.136911; -80.539165
Owner Radford University
Operator Radford University
Capacity 700
Field size Left Field: 330 ft
Left Center Field: 375 ft
Center Field: 400 ft
Right Center Field: 375 ft
Right Field: 330 ft
Surface Tuckahoe bluegrass
Scoreboard Electronic
Construction
Opened 1986
Renovated 2009, 2011
Project manager Carolina Green Corp. Athletic Field Construction (2009 field facelift)
General contractor Branch & Associates (2011 renovations)
Tenants
Radford Highlanders baseball
(1986-present)

Radford Baseball Stadium is a baseball venue on the campus of Radford University in Radford, Virginia, United States. It is home to the Radford Highlanders of the NCAA Division I Big South Conference. The field opened in 1986 and underwent extensive renovations in 2011. Its capacity is 700 spectators.[1]

Other uses of the stadium include baseball camps[2] and high school baseball tournaments.[3]

History[edit]

The facility opened in 1986.[1] In July 2007, head coach Joe Raccuia assumed control of the program with plans for facility upgrades.[4]

Renovations beginning in 2008 led to reconstruction of the field.[1] In 2008, a new backstop was installed. Dugouts were enlarged and the playing surface improved in 2009.[5]

In 2011, the venue's name was changed from Radford Baseball Field to its current name, due to major renovations.[1] Branch and Associates, Inc. led a project to rebuild the stadium.[6] A seating structure with 700 chair-backed seats was added, in addition to a new concourse, press box, and PA system. New stadium lighting allowed night games to be played.[1] The construction project, which cost $800,000, was the first in Radford athletics history to use only private funding.[7]

Construction was completed during the 2011 season. The new stadium was officially opened for the program's first-ever home night game, on April 8, 2011, against VMI.[8][9][10]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Radford University Baseball Stadium". RU Highlanders. Archived from the original on 2011-08-25. Retrieved 25 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Radford University Highlanders: Joe Raccuia Baseball Camps". College Baseball Camps. Archived from the original on 2011-08-25. Retrieved 25 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "VHSL Baseball Championship Info". Virginia High School League. Archived from the original on 2011-08-25. Retrieved 25 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Staff Directory: Joe Raccuia". RU Highlanders. Archived from the original on 2011-08-25. Retrieved 25 August 2011. 
  5. ^ Altizer, Chuck (December 10, 2010). "RU to Transform Baseball Stadium". The Roanoke Times Online. Archived from the original on 2011-08-25. Retrieved 25 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Building on Success at Radford University - Baseball Field Bleachers Additions". News. Branch & Associates, Inc. April 22, 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-08-25. Retrieved 25 August 2011. 
  7. ^ Halberg, Matt (February 8, 2011). "RU Baseball Builds for Future". The Tartan. Radford University. Archived from the original on 2011-08-25. 
  8. ^ "Wednesday's Baseball Game Against Longwood Washed Out". RU Highlanders. March 30, 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-08-25. Retrieved 25 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "Baseball Contest Between Radford an VMI to Resume Saturday at 1 PM". RU Highlanders. April 8, 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-08-25. Retrieved 25 August 2011. 
  10. ^ "Radford Baseball Set for Stadium Opening, VMI Series". RU Highlanders. April 7, 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-08-25. Retrieved 25 August 2011. 

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