Doak Field

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Doak Field
The Doak
Doak Field.jpg
Full nameDoak Field at Dail Park
Location Raleigh, North Carolina
Coordinates 35°47′14″N78°40′46″W / 35.78722°N 78.67944°W / 35.78722; -78.67944 Coordinates: 35°47′14″N78°40′46″W / 35.78722°N 78.67944°W / 35.78722; -78.67944
Owner North Carolina State University
OperatorNorth Carolina State University
Capacity 3,000 (2,500 chairback seats)
Field sizeLeft Field - 320 ft (98 m)
Center Field - 400 ft (120 m)
Right Field - 330 ft (100 m)
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Opened1966
Renovated2004
Tenants
North Carolina State University (NCAA baseball)
Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Tournament (1974, 1980)

Doak Field (or The Doak) is a baseball venue in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. It opened in 1966 and is home to the North Carolina State University Wolfpack college baseball team of the NCAA's Division I Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). [1] It is named for Charles Doak, who was the head coach of the NC State baseball team from 19241939. [2] The stadium is located on NC State's West Campus, behind Lee and Sullivan residence halls. [3] The diamond is in the north/northwest corner of its block, which is bounded by Thurman Drive (third base, north/northeast); Dail Park and the residence halls (left field, east/southeast); Sullivan Drive (right field, south/southwest); and Varsity Drive (first base, west/northwest). Its seating capacity is 2,500 spectators, with an overflow capacity of 3,000. The largest crowd at Doak Field since its 2004 renovation was 3,109 on April 28, 2007, in a series finale between NC State and its rival UNC. [4] Doak Field hosted the Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Tournament in both 1974 and in 1980. NC State won the championship in 1974, while Clemson won in 1980. [5]

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Prior to 1966, the Wolfpack played their home games at Riddick Stadium, which was primarily a football facility. [6]

Riddick Stadium was a college football stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina, and home to the North Carolina State University Wolfpack football team. When the stadium was first opened, it was referred to as "New Athletic Park". Later it was named Riddick Field and then Riddick Stadium, after W. C. Riddick, N.C. State football coach during the 1898 and 1899 seasons. The Wolfpack baseball team also played its home games in the stadium prior to moving to Doak Field.

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Doak Field at Dail Park

In May 2004, the stadium underwent a $6 million renovation which included leveling the playing field, a new drainage system, new grandstands, a new press box, and new concessions and bathroom facilities. [5]

Press box Section of a sports stadium reserved for journalists

The press box is a special section of a sports stadium or arena that is set up for the media to report about a given event. It is typically located in the section of the stadium holding the luxury box and can be either enclosed or open to the elements. In general, newspaper writers sit in this box and write about the on-field event as it unfolds. Television and radio announcers broadcast from the press box as well. Finally, in gridiron football, some coaches prefer to work from the press box instead of from the sideline. For college and professional basketball, a "press row" along the sideline across the way from the scorer's table is setup instead for broadcasters and statisticians, while most writers work from a traditional press box position.

Since the renovation was completed in 2004, the dimensions at Doak Field are asymmetrical at 320 feet down the left-field line, 370 feet to the left-field power alley, 400 feet to straightaway center field, 375 feet to the right-field power alley, and 330 down the right-field line. The wall from the left-field line to deep left-center field is 16 feet high, then drops to eight feet high all the rest of the way around to right field. [7]

In 2013, the Wolfpack ranked 33rd among Division I baseball programs in attendance, averaging 1,994 per home game. [8] In 2014, the Wolfpack ranked 45th in attendance, averaging 1,344 per home game. [9]

The student section of the grandstands along the third base line is known as Avent's Army. It is named for NC State baseball coach Elliott Avent. [10]

Elliott Avent baseball coach

Elliott Avent is the head baseball coach of the NC State Wolfpack. After 22 years of coaching the Wolfpack, Avent has compiled both the most wins and most losses of any head baseball coach in NC State history.

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The 2013 NC State Wolfpack baseball team represented North Carolina State University in the 2013 NCAA Division I baseball season. The Wolfpack was coached by Elliott Avent, in his seventeenth season, and played their home games at Doak Field.

The 2015 NC State Wolfpack baseball team represented North Carolina State University during the 2015 NCAA Division I baseball season. The Wolfpack played their home games at Doak Field as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They were led by head coach Elliott Avent, in his 19th season at NC State.

The 2018 NC State Wolfpack baseball team represented North Carolina State University during the 2018 NCAA Division I baseball season. The Wolfpack played their home games at Doak Field as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They were led by head coach Elliott Avent, his 22nd season at NC State. The Wolfpack finished the season 2nd in the ACC's Atlantic Division with a record of 42–18, 19–11 in conference play. They qualified for the 2018 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Tournament, and were eliminated in pool play. They were invited to host the Raleigh Regional in the 2018 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament. They lost in the regional final to Auburn.

The 2019 NC State Wolfpack baseball team represented North Carolina State University during the 2019 NCAA Division I baseball season. The Wolfpack played their home games at Doak Field as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They were led by head coach Elliott Avent, his 23rd season at NC State. The Wolfpack finished the season 2nd in the ACC's Atlantic Division with a record of 42–19, 18–12 in conference play. They qualified as the three seed for the 2019 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Tournament, winning group C, and were eliminated in the semi-finals by Georgia Tech. They were invited to the Greenville Regional in the 2019 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament where they were eliminated by East Carolina.

The 2019 NC State Wolfpack football team represents North Carolina State University during the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Wolfpack play their home games at Carter–Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina and compete in the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They are led by seventh-year head coach Dave Doeren.

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