Walter C. Latham Park

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Walter C. Latham Park
Latham Park
Full nameNewsome Field at Walter C. Latham Park
LocationBank of America Drive, Elon, NC, United States
Coordinates36°06′30″N 79°30′27″W / 36.108429°N 79.507499°W / 36.108429; -79.507499Coordinates: 36°06′30″N 79°30′27″W / 36.108429°N 79.507499°W / 36.108429; -79.507499
OwnerElon University
Capacity2,000
Record attendance1,873 (April 28, 2009 vs. East Carolina)
Field size317 ft. (LF), 360 ft. (LCF), 385 (CF), 380 ft. (RCF), 328 ft. (RF)
SurfaceFieldTurf (Infield),
Natural grass (Outfield)
ScoreboardElectronic
Construction
Opened2001
Renovated2005, 2010
Tenants
Elon Phoenix baseball (NCAA DI CAA)

Walter C. Latham Park is a baseball venue located in Elon, North Carolina, United States. It is home to the Elon Phoenix baseball team, a member of the Division I Colonial Athletic Association.[1] The venue has a capacity of 2,000 spectators.[2]

The venue is named for Walter C. Latham, an Elon alumnus and North Carolina educator and athletic coach. Newsome Field is the name of the baseball field itself at the facility. The field portion is named for Wilburn E. "Webb" Newsome, a member of the Elon Athletics Hall of Fame who participated in football, baseball, and boxing at the school.[1]

In 2005, lights were installed at the venue, allowing night games to be played for the first time.[1] In the summer of 2010, a donation by Bryan Latham, son of the late Walter C. Latham for whom the field is named, allowed for more renovations. A FieldTurf infield was installed, along with a new outfield drainage system and new fencing.[3]

A Latham Park attendance record was set on April 28, 2009. In front of 1,873 spectators, Elon defeated then-nationally ranked East Carolina 10-8. The venue's first crowd of over 1,000 people was April 29, 2006, with Elon defeating Georgia Southern 7-6.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d 2010 Elon Phoenix Baseball Media Guide at issuu.com, URL accessed July 1, 2010. Archived 07-01-10
  2. ^ 2009 Elon Phoenix Baseball Media Guide at google.com, URL accessed July 1, 2010. Archived 07-01-10
  3. ^ Latham Park to get several improvements this summer at elon.edu, URL accessed July 1, 2010. Archived 07-01-10