College baseball: 13 must-visit stadiums to catch a game at
We started with a list of five college baseball stadiums every road-tripping fan should visit. For those looking for more venues to check off the bucket list, here are 13 more parks to hit across the nation:
Eddy D. Field Stadium | Pepperdine
Located just off the Pacific Coast Highway, Pepperdine’s Eddy D. Field Stadium offers one of the best scenic views in all of college baseball.
Opened in 1973, the Waves’ Malibu ballpark sits 1,800 fans who have a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean and palm trees in the outfield backdrop. Pepperdine has a rich history of success including a national championship in 1992 and 18 West Coast Conference championships since it began playing at Eddy D. Field.
Nothing beats the beach and baseball in the spring and summer, so what better way to combine the two by spending the day at any of the Malibu beaches and catching a game at night?
More views and information about the history of Eddy D. Field Stadium can be found here.
Smith’s Ballpark | Utah
Much like Eddy D. Field Stadium, Utah’s Smith’s Ballpark also offers a breathtaking backdrop. Located in downtown Salt Lake City, the Utes’ home stadium sits at the base of the 11,000-foot peaks of the Wasatch Mountain Range.
Smith’s Ballpark holds a capacity of 14,511 with stands stretching down to the outfield on both the first-base and third-base line with suite levels offering one of the best views in college baseball. Utah set its single-game attendance in 2016 on the final day of the regular season when it clinched the Pac-12 championship.
In addition to hosting the Utes, Smith’s Ballpark also serves as the home park for the Salt Lake Bees, who are the Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Goodwin Field | Cal State Fullerton
Not only does Cal State Fullerton have one of the best teams in college baseball year in and year out, Goodwin Field offers good food in addition to good baseball.
According to StadiumJourney.com, Goodwin Field offers one of the most diverse food spreads for any college stadium in the sport. In addition to the traditional ballpark staples, entrees such as pulled pork quesadillas and Barcelona Paella Bowls are served. Make sure to save some room for dessert, too, as you can divulge into deep fried Oreos, funnel cake, churros and various smoothies.
Goodwin Field opened in 1992 has seen numerous renovations and currently holds 3,500 people.
More photos can be seen here.
Eck Stadium at Tyler Field | Wichita State
While Wichita State recently became a national name because of its basketball team’s success, Shockers baseball was a powerhouse and a regular in the NCAA tournament almost every season from 1980-2010.
Eck Stadium, which opened in 1985, has a capacity of 7,851 with chairback seats behind home plate and down both the first- and third-base foul lines. Since then, the ballpark has seen some incredible upgrades with the installation of AstroTurf as well as the additions of the Bledsoe Plaza, Plaza, All-American Club and Coleman Hill.
Want to go behind the scenes of the ballpark? Take a virtual tour of Eck Stadium:
Boshamer Stadium | North Carolina
Located in the heart of North Carolina’s Chapel Hill campus, Boshamer Stadium provides one of nicest settings in all of college baseball. While the original Boshamar opened in 1972, the Tar Heels completely rebuilt a new state-of-the-art facility in 2007 and re-opened the park in 2009.
With a new capacity of 5,000, Boshamer’s new look features a new video board, Hall of Honor, picnic tables and a grass area on the first-base line to still give the stadium an old-school feel.
Additionally, the players have access to a video room, bating cages, a 6,200-square foot indoor facility and a players lounge where members of the team can hang out or finish their school work.
Founders Park | South Carolina
If you think the city of Columbia just cares about football Saturdays, you'd be mistaken. Unveiled in 2009, South Carolina's Founders Park is among the elite when it comes to college baseball atmospheres.
The stadium can hold 8,242 spectators, including more than 6,000 permanent chairback seats. For those looking to wander around and enjoy a unique dining experience, its picnic terrace beyond left field provides the perfect location.
Founders Park is player-friendly as well, providing four different indoor batting tunnels and 3,900 square feet worth of weight room space. With those accomodations, it's no coincidence the Gamecocks won back-to-back championships in 2010 and 2011.
Haymarket Park | Nebraska
Comfort is key when attending baseball games, especially in the dog days of summer. Nebraska addressed that when it opened Haymarket Park, the first college baseball stadium to use a heating and cooling system on the premises year-round.
The Huskers' home field opened in 2002 and fits approximately 8,000 visitors between its 4,500 permanent seats and ample grass field seating areas beyond the foul poles. Among the family-friendly accomodations located at the park include a children's playground and plenty of concession stand options. No matter where you sit or walk around the stadium, the game is always in view and you feel on top of the action.
If it sounds like Haymarket Park has a minor league stadium vibe, that's because it does. The stadium also plays host to the Lincoln Saltdogs, of the Independent League. When construction first began, features from other minor league stadiums like Oklahoma City's Bricktown Ballpark were incorporated. That can be seen in Haymarket Park's brick exterior.
Check out more photos of the stadium here.
UFCU Disch-Falk Field | Texas
Unlike some of the aforementioned two stadiums — which are relatively new — UFCU Disch-Falk Field has been Texas' home for four decades. The field was last renovated in 2009, however, resulting in a more modern gameday atmosphere for fans.
The renovations included adding field-level seats, a state-of-the-art sound system and a new lighting system, in addition to improved facilities for student-athletes. One year prior, the playing surface was changed to FieldTurf, giving the park a unique look.
UFCU Disch-Falk Field holds about 8,000 fans. But its largest crowd is believed to be nearly 10,000, when spectators squeezed in to see a 1977 exhibition game between Texas and the Texas Rangers.
McKethan Stadium | Florida
With a capacity of 5,500, McKethan Stadium has been the friendly confines for the Gators since 1988. And it's been extremely friendly — Florida has a win percentage over .700 at home since the park's opening.
A mixture of Florida's consistency as a program and Gainesville's beautiful location has made McKethan Stadium a hot spot for NCAA Regional games. It has played host to 13 Regionals, six Super Regionals and one SEC tournament in its three decades of operation.
Competitive SEC play, Florida weather and a rowdy fan atmosphere makes the Gators' home a must-visit by the end of the season.
Jackie Robinson Stadium | UCLA
As you can tell by its name, Jackie Robinson Stadium exudes history. Named after the first African American Major Leaguer and former four-sport Bruins star, the facility opened its doors in 1981 thanks to the private gift by Robinson's former classmate Hoyt Pardee.
A bronze statue of Robinson was erected in the concourse level in 1985. In addition, you can find a "42" statue, in honor of Robinson's jersey number, outside the Jackie Robinson Athletics and Recreation Complex on campus.
Jackie Robinson Stadium is the smallest park in the Pac-12, holding only 1,250 fans in permanent seats. But there is still a winning atmosphere and the seating arrangements provide a great vantage point for the game. Surrounding the stadium is a great view of southern California's natural landscape.
Doug Kingsmore Stadium | Clemson
Doug Kingsmore Stadium has the perfect mix of tradition and modernism, having originally opened in 1970 before undergoing a series of renovations since. Fans walking into the top-notch facility will notice a brick facade around each entrance, creating the feel of an old-time Major League park.
Inside, fans can choose from 4,500 permanent seats and plenty of additional options. Out beyond the left field foul pole, spectators can watch from a comfortable grassy hill. Nearby down the third base line, children can play and watch from a newly-introduced berm. There are terraces available for receptions and large groups, and premium seating was added right behind home plate in 2015.
Liberty Baseball Stadium | Liberty
Liberty knocked it out of the park with its unveiling of its new stadium in 2013. Layered with AstroTurf and seating 2,500 fans plus standing room and berm seating, the Flames' home is perfect for anyone looking to experience the best of Big South baseball.
Among the amenities are four luxury suites, concession stands and shops and four indoor batting tunnels for student-athletes. Oh, and fans can stay warm by the beautifully-crafted stone firepits down the first base line. Talk about ambience.
TD Ameritrade Park | College World Series
We can't talk about college baseball stadiums to visit without mentioning the mecca in Omaha, Nebraska.
Omaha has been home to the College World Series for all but three of its years since starting in 1947. TD Ameritrade Park, holding a capacity of 24,000 fans, began its rein as host in 2011. It features a "The Road to Omaha" bronze statue outside the front gate, giant video boards in the outfield and an abundance of unusually large and creative snacks. We've got you covered on the best concessions of the bunch to try out.