Riddle–Pace Field

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Riddle-Pace Field
Riddle Pace Field 9.jpg
Location Troy, Alabama
Coordinates 31°47′56″N 85°57′12″W / 31.798899°N 85.953362°W / 31.798899; -85.953362Coordinates: 31°47′56″N 85°57′12″W / 31.798899°N 85.953362°W / 31.798899; -85.953362
Owner Troy University
Operator Troy University
Capacity 2,000
Field size Left Field: 340 ft.
Left Center: 375 ft.
Center Field: 400 ft.
Right Center: 350 ft.
Right Field: 310 ft.
Outfield Fence Height: 10 ft.
"Black Monster" Height: 30 ft.
Surface ProGrass
Construction
Broke ground 1931
Opened 1931
Renovated 2008
Tenants
Troy Trojans baseball (NCAA DI Sun Belt)


Riddle–Pace Field is a baseball venue in Troy, Alabama, United States, home to the Troy Trojans baseball team. The field was open for play in 1931. Before 1931, all Troy home baseball games were played on the quad in front of Shackelford Hall. The change in venue was due to the number of windows being broken in Shackelford. The field is partly named after Chase Riddle, who coached the Troy baseball team from 1979–1990, winning five conference titles and two Division II national championships. He finished with a record of 436-147-2 (.747) while at Troy.

Renovations[edit]

The field was heavily renovated in 1991 when the infield was dug up, leveled, and rebuilt with new sod and a complete state-of-the-art irrigation system.

Riddle-Pace Field entrance at Troy University.


In 2002, the stadium was renovated by adding a new brick plaza at the entrance, a new 2,000 seat grandstand with chair-back seating in the center of the grandstand. A new three-story press box tower was also built.

In 2008, Riddle–Pace Field went through a $4.7 million renovation to meet NCAA Regional hosting requirements. Home plate was moved up 8 feet. Left field was extended to 340 feet and center was extended to 400 feet. The length of right field stayed the same at 310 feet, but a 27-foot wall with a built-in scoreboard/video-reply screen replaced what was previously an 8-foot wall. The original grass and dirt turf was replaced with artificial turf, although the track in the foul territories are still made of dirt. A two-story building called the Lott Complex was built along the left field line that houses offices, training rooms, video rooms and a players’ lounge, along with 42 major league-size lockers. The home dugout was extended in length and was connected to the new Lott Complex. The original stadium lighting was also replaced with Musco Sports Lighting. A media/television deck was also erected in center field for television purposes.

There are plans to add additional seating along the right field line, extend the visitor dugout and add more luxury suites in the future.

Attendance[edit]

Game[edit]

The "Black Monster" wall and scoreboard/video board in right field.
The Lott Baseball Complex, which houses coaches offices, player lounge and locker rooms, and indoor batting cages.


The following is a list of single-game attendance records at the venue.

Attendance Opponent Year
3,323 Alabama 2017
3,243 Alabama 2016
2,936 Alabama 2012
2,586 Auburn 2010
2,413 Alabama 2009
2,395 Auburn 2007
2,197 Auburn 2005
2,159 Alabama 1998
2,011 Auburn 2011
1,942 Alabama A&M 2013

Season[edit]

In 2012, the Trojans ranked 49th among Division I baseball programs in attendance, averaging 1,204 per home game.[1]

Gallery[edit]

Pictures of Riddle-Pace Field
Main entrance to Riddle-Pace Field. 
Full view of the "Black Monster." 
Exterior view of the outfield walls. 
Main concourse beneath the grandstand. 
Main concourse beneath the grandstand with the Troy Baseball Hall of Fame. 
View of the grandstand from the outfield fence. 

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Foley, Brian (13 June 2012). "2012 NCAA Baseball Attendance Report". CollegeBaseballDaily.com. Archived from the original on 2012-06-14. Retrieved 14 June 2012.