Doug Kingsmore Stadium

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Doug Kingsmore Stadium
BTF, DKS, "The Doug"
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Clemson vs. South Carolina in 2006
Former namesBeautiful Tiger Field
(1970–2003)
LocationN. Silas Pearman Blvd.
(Perimeter Rd.)
Clemson, South Carolina
Coordinates 34°40′44″N82°50′56″W / 34.679°N 82.849°W / 34.679; -82.849 Coordinates: 34°40′44″N82°50′56″W / 34.679°N 82.849°W / 34.679; -82.849
OwnerClemson University
OperatorClemson University
Capacity 6,272
Record attendance6,524 (March 6, 2016)
Field sizeLeft Field - 320 ft (98 m)
Left-Center - 370 ft (113 m)
Center Field - 400 ft (122 m)
Right-Center - 375 ft (114 m)
Right Field - 330 ft (101 m)
SurfaceNatural grass
Construction
Opened1970;49 years ago (1970)
Renovated2003, 2008, 2015
Tenants
Clemson Tigers (NCAA ) (1970-present)
ACC Tournament (1976, 1977, 1978)
NCAA Regional: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2016, 2017, 2018
NCAA Super Regional: 2000, 2002, 2006, 2010
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Doug Kingsmore Stadium (known prior to 2003 officially as Beautiful Tiger Field) [1] is a baseball park in the southeastern United States, located in Clemson, South Carolina. It is primarily used for NCAA and is the home field of the Clemson Tigers of the Division I Atlantic Coast Conference.

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 its players to run the bases, having them 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.

Baseball park park used to play the game of baseball

A baseball park, also known as a ballpark or diamond, is a venue where baseball is played. A baseball park consists of the playing field and the surrounding spectator seating. While the diamond and the areas denoted by white painted lines adhere to strict rules, guidelines for the rest of the field are flexible.

Southeastern United States eastern portion of the Southern United States

The Southeastern United States is broadly, the eastern portion of the Southern United States, and the southern portion of the Eastern United States. It comprises at least a core of states on the lower East Coast of the United States and eastern Gulf Coast. Expansively, it includes everything south of the Mason–Dixon line, the Ohio River and the 36°30' parallel, and as far west as Arkansas and Louisiana. There is no official U.S. government definition of the region, though various agencies and departments use different definitions.

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Opened 49 years ago in 1970, it has a record single-game attendance of 6,524 (set on March 6, 2016, against South Carolina). Doug Kingsmore has ranked in the top 20 in attendance for 15 consecutive seasons. The Tigers have an .810 winning percentage in games played there all time and are 25–2 (.926) in NCAA Tournament games there since the NCAA changed its post-season format in 1999 (with a 39–8 (.830) record in NCAA Tournament games all time).

2016 South Carolina Gamecocks baseball team

The 2016 South Carolina Gamecocks baseball team represents the University of South Carolina in the 2016 NCAA Division I baseball season. The Gamecocks play their home games in Carolina Stadium. The team is coached by Chad Holbrook, who is in his fourth season as head coach at Carolina.

NCAA Division I Baseball Championship United States top collegiate-level baseball tournament

The NCAA Division I Baseball Championship is held each year from May through June and features 64 college baseball teams in the United States, culminating in the eight-team College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska. Vanderbilt is the 2019 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament champion, defeating runner-up Michigan 8-2 in Game 3 to win the 2019 College World Series championship finals.

The 1999 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament was played at the end of the 1999 NCAA Division I baseball season to determine the national champion of college baseball. The tournament was expanded to 64 teams for 1999, adding a Super Regional. The tournament concluded with eight teams competing in the College World Series, a double-elimination tournament in its fifty third year. Sixteen regional competitions were held to determine the participants in the final event, with each winner advancing to a best of three series against another regional champion for the right to play in the College World Series. Each region was composed of four teams, resulting in 64 teams participating in the tournament at the conclusion of their regular season, and in some cases, after a conference tournament. The fifty-third tournament's champion was Miami (FL), coached by Jim Morris. The Most Outstanding Player was Marshall McDougall of Florida State University.

History

Renaming

Former Clemson baseball player and Board of Trustees Emeritus Doug Kingsmore gave the Clemson athletic department a $1 million gift towards renovation of Clemson's baseball stadium, formerly known as Tiger Field. George Bennett, former executive director of IPTAY, made the announcement in 2000. Bennett also announced that the facility would be called Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

Postseason

The stadium has hosted three Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Tournaments (1976, 1977, 1978), 13 NCAA regionals (1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2016, 2017, 2018), and four NCAA super regionals (2000, 2002, 2006, 2010).

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 1976 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Tournament was held at Tiger Field in Clemson, SC from April 22nd through April 25th. Clemson won the tournament and earned the Atlantic Coast Conference's automatic bid to the 1976 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament.

The 1977 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Tournament was held at Beautiful Tiger Field in Clemson, SC from April 24th through April 21st. Wake Forest won the tournament and earned the Atlantic Coast Conference's automatic bid to the 1977 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament.

Renovations

Renovations to Doug Kingsmore Stadium began in the summer of 2002. The design was done by HOK Sport (now Populous) and construction by Yeargin Potter Shackelford Construction. The stadium has a brick facade that surrounds every entrance. A green roof that covers much more of the stands and a press box that is twice as large adds to the comfort of fans attending the game and the media covering it. The press box, which is accessible by elevator, includes four large booths for broadcasting and a separate media center that accommodates 13 writers.

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.

There is also a patio area outside the press box that is above the existing stands along the first and third-base lines. It is used for receptions and other events throughout the year.

Two ticket booths, concession stands with an adjoining picnic area, and enlarged restrooms make the facility easily accessible and fan-friendly. Reserved seats were also added to the grandstand. A grand stairway leading from the McFadden parking lot to the main entrance is an added feature from a convenience and aesthetic aspect.

The players also realize improvements, as four batting cages have been constructed beyond the right-field fence. The dugouts have been almost doubled in length and width. And the players have a newly renovated locker room and lounge.

Prior to 2005, PawVision, the giant replay screen that was used in the football stadium (1997–2004), was moved to Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

Memorial Stadium (Clemson) architectural structure

Frank Howard Field at Clemson Memorial Stadium, popularly known as "Death Valley", is home to the Clemson Tigers, an NCAA Division I FBS football team located in Clemson, South Carolina. Built in 1941–1942, the stadium has seen expansions throughout the years, with the most recent being the West Zone, which began in 2004 and was completed in 2006.

The facility is also equipped with a "Super-Sopper," which cuts down on rainouts. Clemson is one of a few schools with this machine that removes water from the field. [2]

New Stadium Features:

The diamond has an unorthodox southerly alignment (home plate to center field); the recommended orientation is east-northeast. [3] The elevation of the field is approximately 600 feet (185 m) above sea level.

Attendance

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Doug Kingsmore Stadium

In 2013, the Tigers ranked seventh among Division I baseball programs in attendance, averaging 4,751 per home game. [4]

The attendance record for Doug Kingsmore Stadium was set on March 6, 2016, when 6,525 watched the Tigers defeat South Carolina 4–1. [5]

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References

  1. "Doug Kingsmore Stadium / Clemson University Tigers Vanderbilt launching point into the post season". Ballpark Digest. November 29, 2008. Archived from the original on 2011-03-11. Retrieved March 14, 2011.
  2. "Doug Kingsmore Stadium". Archived from the original on 2011-07-08. Retrieved March 14, 2011.
  3. "Official Baseball Rules: 2.01 Layout of the Field" (PDF). Major League Baseball. 2018. p. 2.
  4. Cutler, Tami (June 11, 2013). "2013 Division I Baseball Attendance - Final Report" (PDF). Sportswriters.net. NCBWA. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 28, 2014. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
  5. http://www.tigernet.com/story/baseball/Eubanks-Tigers-shut-Gamecocks-win-series-14647