English Field

Last updated
English Field At Union Park
English Field.JPG
Location Blacksburg, Virginia
Owner Virginia Tech
Capacity 1,033 chair backed seats (estimated 4,000 after 2018 renovation)
Field sizeLeft Field - 330 ft
Center Field - 400 ft
Right Field - 330 ft
SurfaceAstroTurf GameDay Grass 3D
ScoreboardDaktronics
OpenedMarch 22, 1989
Tenants
Virginia Tech Hokies (NCAA College Baseball) (1989-present)

English Field is a baseball stadium in Blacksburg, Virginia. It is the home field of the Virginia Tech Hokies college baseball team. It was opened in 1989 and has a capacity of 1033 in chair back seats plus additional grass-covered bank seating along the left field line known as "The Hill". [1] English Field is currently undergoing an $18 million renovation, which should be completed by opening day, 2018. [2]

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.

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.

Blacksburg, Virginia Town in Virginia, U.S., site of Virginia Tech university

Blacksburg is an incorporated town in Montgomery County, Virginia, United States, with a population of 42,620 at the 2010 census. Blacksburg, as well as the surrounding county, is dominated economically and demographically by the presence of Virginia Tech.

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Naming

The stadium is named after Virginia Tech Outstanding Alumni Award winner E. R. "Red" English and his wife, Ruth, who were financial contributors to the university athletics program for over 50 years. [3] The home team dugout is named for American Baseball Coach Coaches Association Hall of Famer G. F. "Red" Laird who was head coach 1940–43 and 1948–1973. During the 2016 season, the park was renamed English Field At Union Park. [3]

History

Opening Day

On March 22, 1989, the Hokies defeated the baseball team from George Mason University 7-2 in the first game played in the stadium. [1]

Virginia Tech Hokies intercollegiate sports teams of Virginia Tech

The Virginia Tech Hokies are the athletic teams officially representing the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in intercollegiate athletics. The Hokies participate in the NCAA's Division I Atlantic Coast Conference in 19 varsity sports. Virginia Tech's men's sports are football, basketball, baseball, cross country, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and wrestling. Virginia Tech's women's sports are basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field and volleyball.

George Mason University public liberal arts and research university in Fairfax, Virginia

George Mason University is a public research university in Fairfax, Virginia. It was officially established in 1956 as a Northern Virginia branch of the University of Virginia and later became an independent institution in 1972. It has since grown to become the largest four-year public university in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The university is named after the founding father George Mason, a Virginia planter and politician who authored the Virginia Declaration of Rights, the basis for the U.S. Constitution's Bill of Rights. Mason operates four campuses in Virginia, with a fifth campus in Songdo, South Korea.

Home of Chuck Hartman's 1000th career victory

English Field was home to Chuck Hartman's 1,000th career victory with a Hokie defeat of Liberty University on April 27, 1992. With this win, Hartman became the 9th baseball coach in Division I history to win 1,000 games. [4]

Chuck Hartman was the head baseball coach at Virginia Tech from 1979 until 2006. He completed his 47-year coaching career as the fourth with the fourth most wins as coach in Division I baseball history. His record was 1,444-816-8, including a 961-591-8 mark in his 28 seasons at Tech. Coach Hartman was the second Virginia Tech baseball coach to be inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, in 2004. He is a member of 5 halls of fame including the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame, in which he was inducted in 2002.

Liberty University private Christian university in Lynchburg, Virginia

Liberty University (LU) is a private evangelical Christian university in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Host of first on-campus athletic event after shootings

On April 20, 2007, English Field hosted the first on-campus athletic event after the campus shootings of April 16th. [5] A record crowd of 3,132 watched the Hokies play against the Miami Hurricanes. [6] Coinciding with a statewide day of mourning, [7] the Virginia Tech baseball team debuted the first commemorative patch honoring student and professor victims [8] while the Miami players and coaches wore black wristbands. Additionally, Miami head coach Jim Morris presented a $10,000 check on behalf of the university to the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund. [9]

Miami Hurricanes baseball

The Miami Hurricanes baseball team is the college baseball program that represents the University of Miami.

2008 renovations

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English Field

In early 2008, "The Hill" along the left field line was reworked similar to an outdoor amphitheater. The layout provided seven foot sections between terraces and an expansion of handicap accessibility to the section. Additionally, this caused a reduction in foul territory in the outfield and moved the viewable area closer to the playing area. [10]

The second portion of the renovation is the construction of an indoor batting facility beyond the left-field fence which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2008. [10]

2008 Exhibition Game versus the New York Yankees

Announcement

Prior to their May 23, 2007 game against the Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees announced their commitment to play an exhibition game in Blacksburg during 2008 spring training as a way to aid in the healing process of the campus shootings and made a $1 million contribution to the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund. [11] On October 24, 2007, it was announced that English Field would be the site of an exhibition game between Virginia Tech and the New York Yankees on March 18, 2008. [12]

Pre-game activities

Upon arriving on campus, the Yankees' players and staff members visited the semicircle stone markers at the campus Drill Field memorial site for the victims. [13] Two ceremonial first pitches were thrown—one was in honor the school faculty by university Police Chief Wendell Flinchum and another by Virginia Tech Rescue Squad Captain Jason Dominiczak on behalf of the student body and 32 balloons were released for the victims. [14] Additionally, the university presented four nameplates engraved in Hokie Stone to the Yankees. [15]

The game

The starters for the game were left-handed sixth year senior captain Andrew Wells for the Hokies and right-handed Jeff Karstens for the Yankees. [15] [16] With Yankees manager Joe Girardi sitting in the stands with Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer in the first inning, Wells got Rodriguez to hit a short sacrifice fly to right field, then got Jason Giambi to ground into an inning-ending double play which emptied the Hokie dugout. Most of the Yankees starters came out during the fourth inning, after which Alex Rodriguez sat on the Hokies' bench and signed autographs. [15] [17] Nine different Hokie pitchers combined in walking 10 batters and allowed 10 hits while Jeff Karstens pitched four innings for the Yankees while allowing two hits and struck out two. [15] The final score was 11-0 in favor of the Yankees. [17]

Attendance

In 2013, the Hokies ranked 49th among Division I baseball programs in attendance, averaging 1,333 per home game. [18]

All Time Results by year for games played in English Field

YearWinsLossesTiesWinning %
198917700.708
199022500.815
199117900.654
199217310.850
199319400.826
199417600.739
199519600.760
199615500.750
199717600.739
199814810.636
199916600.727
200015910.625
200115700.682
2002181200.600
2003181000.643
2004181000.643
2005101000.500
2006141300.519
2008111600.407
2008161600.500
2009181100.621
201024700.774
2011141700.452
201223700.767
2013191100.633
Totals 423-221-3 (0.657)

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