Washington Trust Field and Patterson Baseball Complex

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Washington Trust Field and Patterson Baseball Complex
Location Spokane, Washington
Coordinates 47°39′47″N 117°23′56″W / 47.663°N 117.399°W / 47.663; -117.399Coordinates: 47°39′47″N 117°23′56″W / 47.663°N 117.399°W / 47.663; -117.399
Owner Gonzaga University
Operator Gonzaga University
Capacity 1,300 Permanent
Field size Left - 328 ft (100 m)
Center - 400 ft (122 m)
Right - 328 ft (100 m)
Surface Grass
Construction
Broke ground June 6, 2006
Opened March 15, 2007 (2007-03-15)
9 years ago
Construction cost $7-$8 Million
Architect ALSC Architects
Tenants
Gonzaga Bulldogs - (NCAA)
(2007-present)

Washington Trust Field and Patterson Baseball Complex is a college baseball stadium on the campus of Gonzaga University on Spokane, Washington. Opened in 2007, it is the home venue of the Gonzaga Bulldogs of the West Coast Conference.

Designed by architect ALSC Architects, Washington Trust Field and Patterson Baseball Complex has 1,300 fixed seats in the main seating bowl and a total capacity of 2,300. The complex includes field lighting, home and visitors locker rooms, baseball offices, laundry, training and equipment facilities, batting cages, a natural grass field, modern restrooms and concession stands for the convenience of the fans, and an electronic information board and a stone marker welcoming visitors.[1] The elevation of the playing field is just under 1,900 feet (580 m) above sea level.

Patterson Baseball Complex is named after the family of Michael Patterson (class of 1969), chairman of Gonzaga's Board of Trustees and a major contributor to the project. Washington Trust Field is named after Washington Trust Bank in which, Pete Stanton, the chairman and CEO of Washington Trust Bank, and Jack Heath, president of Washington Trust Bank, were the major forces behind the field naming. The Bulldogs played on campus from 1968 through 2003 at August/ART Stadium and Pecarovich Field, which was displaced by the construction of McCarthey Athletic Center, home of the Gonzaga basketball teams.[2] After ground was broken in April 2003, the baseball team played off-campus in Spokane's minor league venue, Avista Stadium, while the new GU baseball facility was being planned and constructed.

A few hundred yards south of the old field, ground was broken for the facility in June 2006,[3] and it opened nine months later on March 15, 2007, a 9-4 victory over Rider University.[4][5] The first night game was played April 17, a 7-4 defeat to Washington State University.[6] The dedication game was played April 20, a 6-3 conference victory over Saint Mary's College.[7][8]

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  1. ^ "Ground Broken For Baseball Stadium:Patterson Baseball Complex, Washington Trust Field launched". GoZags.com. June 6, 2006. Retrieved March 12, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Ground broken for new Gonzaga arena". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Associated Press. April 25, 2003. p. 6B. 
  3. ^ Breeze, Somer (June 7, 2006). "New era for Gonzaga". Spokesman-Review. p. C1. 
  4. ^ "Bulldogs win in new stadium". Spokesman-Review. March 16, 2007. p. C3. 
  5. ^ "Zags Open New Ballpark With Win: Gonzaga downs Rider 9-4". GoZags.com. March 15, 2007. Retrieved March 12, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Zags Fall 7-4 In First Night Game: Washington State takes 2-1 season series advantage". GoZags.com. April 17, 2007. Retrieved March 12, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Harmon Throws Zags To 6-3 Victory: Zags down Saint Mary's in front of record crowd". GoZags.com. April 20, 2007. Retrieved March 12, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Facilities: Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field". GoZags.com. 2007. Retrieved March 12, 2010. 

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