Boshamer Stadium

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Bryson Field at Boshamer Stadium
The Bosh, The Bosh Pit
Boshamer Stadium 2013.jpg
Full nameBryson Field at Cary C. Boshamer Stadium
Location235 Ridge Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-5071, USA
OwnerUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
OperatorUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Capacity 4,100 (standing room up to 5,000)
Field sizeLeft Field: 335 ft (102.1 m)
Left Center Field: 370 ft (112.8 m)
Center Field: 400 ft (121.9 m)
Right Center Field: 355 ft (108.2 m)
Right Field: 340 ft (103.6 m)
SurfaceNatural grass
Construction
Built1970–1972
OpenedMarch 21, 1972
Renovated2007–2009
Construction cost$25.5 million (expansion)
Architect Populous (expansion)
Structural engineerLHC Structural Engineers (2008 expansion)
Tenants
North Carolina Tar Heels (NCAA) 1972–2007, 2009–present
Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Tournament (1973, 1975, 1981–1983)

Coordinates: 35°54′23.36″N79°2′34.71″W / 35.9064889°N 79.0429750°W / 35.9064889; -79.0429750

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Cary C. Boshamer Stadium is a baseball stadium in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. It is the home of the North Carolina Tar Heels baseball team.

Baseball team sport

Baseball is a bat-and-ball game played between two opposing teams who take turns batting and fielding. The game proceeds when a player on the fielding team, called the pitcher, throws a ball which a player on the batting team tries to hit with a bat. The objective of the offensive team is to hit the ball into the field of play, allowing it to run the bases—having its runners advance counter-clockwise around four bases to score what are called "runs". The objective of the defensive team is to prevent batters from becoming runners, and to prevent runners' advance around the bases. A run is scored when a runner legally advances around the bases in order and touches home plate. The team that scores the most runs by the end of the game is the winner.

Stadium Place or venue for (mostly) outdoor sports, concerts, or other events

A stadium is a place or venue for (mostly) outdoor sports, concerts, or other events and consists of a field or stage either partly or completely surrounded by a tiered structure designed to allow spectators to stand or sit and view the event.

Chapel Hill, North Carolina town in Orange County, North Carolina, United States

Chapel Hill is a town in Orange, Chatham, and Durham counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Its population was 57,233 in the 2010 census, making Chapel Hill the 15th-largest city in the state. Chapel Hill, Durham, and the state capital, Raleigh, make up the corners of the Research Triangle, with a total population of 1,998,808.

History

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Boshamer Stadium before 2007

The previous home of the Tar Heels had been a multi-use venue called Emerson Field, which sat some 2,400 people. The combination baseball/football field was opened in 1916 and had been named for a university benefactor best known as the inventor of Bromo-Seltzer. The football team left Emerson for Kenan Memorial Stadium in 1927. Emerson would continue as the home of the baseball team for another 45 seasons. Its site is now occupied by Davis Library.

Bromo-Seltzer

Bromo-Seltzer, was a brand of antacid to relieve pain occurring together with heartburn, upset stomach, or acid indigestion. First produced by inventor Isaac E. Emerson's drug company of Baltimore, Maryland, in 1888, Bromo-Seltzer was sold in the United States in the form of effervescent granules which were to be mixed with water before ingestion.

Kenan Memorial Stadium stadium

Kenan Memorial Stadium is located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and is the home field of the North Carolina Tar Heels. It is primarily used for football. The stadium opened in 1927 and holds 50,500 people. It is located near the center of campus at the University of North Carolina.

Boshamer Stadium first opened on March 21, 1972, near the tail end of the 1972 season. It is named for Cary C. Boshamer (class of 1917), a textile industrialist from Gastonia whose donation made the new stadium possible. Although many Tar Heel players and fans speak of the stadium as "the Bosh", apparently the family survivors favor the "Boss-hammer" pronunciation. [1]

Gastonia, North Carolina City in North Carolina, United States

Gastonia is the largest city in and county seat of Gaston County, North Carolina, United States. It is also the second largest satellite city of the Charlotte area, behind Concord. The population was 71,741 at the 2010 Census. In 2016, the population had increased to 75,536. Gastonia is the 13th largest city in North Carolina. It is part of the Charlotte metropolitan area, officially designated the Charlotte Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). Gastonia has experienced steady growth, with a population increase between 2000 and 2010 of nearly 8.2%, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

It has hosted five Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Tournaments, in 1973, 1975, 1981, 1982, and 1983. North Carolina won the 1982 and 1983 tournaments. [2]

Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Tournament

The Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Tournament, sometimes referred to simply as the ACC Tournament, is the conference championship tournament in baseball for the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). In 2014, the event adopted a modified ten-team pool play format. The winner receives the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament.

The 1973 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Tournament was the inaugural Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) baseball tournament. It was held in Chapel Hill, NC from April 19 – April 22, 1973. NC State won the tournament and earned the ACC's automatic bid to the 1973 NCAA University Division Baseball Tournament.

The 1975 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Tournament was held in Chapel Hill, NC from April 24th through April 27th. NC State won the tournament and earned the Atlantic Coast Conference's automatic bid to the 1975 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament.

The Tar Heels' on-field success during the mid-2000s coincided with the decision to rebuild the 35-year-old facility. Following the 2007 season, the stadium was almost completely demolished and rebuilt. UNC won their final game in the old Boshamer Stadium 9-4 over the University of South Carolina. [3]

University of South Carolina University in Columbia, South Carolina

The University of South Carolina is a public research university in Columbia, South Carolina. It has seven satellite campuses throughout the state and its main campus covers over 359 acres (145 ha) in downtown Columbia not far from the South Carolina State House. The university is categorized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as having "highest research activity." It has been ranked as an "up-and-coming" university by U.S. News & World Report, and its undergraduate and graduate International Business programs have ranked among the top three programs in the nation for over a decade. It also houses the largest collection of Robert Burns and Scottish literature materials outside Scotland, and the world's largest Ernest Hemingway collection.

2008 renovations

Due to extensive renovations to Boshamer, the Tar Heels played their 2008 season at USA Baseball National Training Complex in nearby Cary.

The rebuilt stadium first opened on February 2, 2009. At that time, the playing surface was formally renamed Bryson Field in honor of former first baseman Vaughn Bryson and his wife Nancy, both longtime supporters of the baseball program.

The entrance courtyard of the rebuilt stadium is named for the Steinbrenner family, as the result of a $1 million donation by New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, whose granddaughter graduated from UNC.

Since expansion, the stadium has a listed capacity of 4,100, but has standing room for up to 5,000. Before renovations, it seated 3,000 people from the end of one dugout to the other. Today, seating extends down both the 1st and 3rd base lines. Sections past the dugout on the 1st base line are now reserved for student seating, nicknamed "The Bosh Pit".

Attendance

In 2013, the Tar Heels ranked 32nd among Division I baseball programs in attendance, averaging 1,998 per home game. [4]

Dimensions

The field dimensions are as follows:

The asymmetry of the field is partly the result of an inward bulge in the fence in right center.

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2011 North Carolina Tar Heels baseball team

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2018 North Carolina Tar Heels baseball team

The 2018 North Carolina Tar Heels baseball team are representing the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the 2018 NCAA Division I baseball season. Head Coach Mike Fox is in his 20th year coaching the Tar Heels. They play their home games at Bryson Field at Boshamer Stadium and are members of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

2007 North Carolina Tar Heels baseball team

The 2007 North Carolina Tar Heels baseball team represented the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the 2007 NCAA Division I baseball season. They play their home games at Bryson Field at Boshamer Stadium and are members of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

2019 North Carolina Tar Heels baseball team College baseball season

The 2019 North Carolina Tar Heels baseball team represents the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the 2019 NCAA Division I baseball season. Head coach Mike Fox is in his 21st year coaching the Tar Heels. They play their home games at Bryson Field at Boshamer Stadium and are members of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

2006 North Carolina Tar Heels baseball team

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References

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