Frank Eck Stadium

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Frank Eck Stadium
The Eck
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Full name Jake Kline Field at Frank Eck Stadium
Location South Bend, Indiana
Coordinates 41°41′46″N86°13′41″W / 41.696164°N 86.228192°W / 41.696164; -86.228192 Coordinates: 41°41′46″N86°13′41″W / 41.696164°N 86.228192°W / 41.696164; -86.228192
Type Stadium
Genre(s) Baseball
Capacity 2,500
Record attendance 3,927 (April 21, 2007)
Field sizeLeft field line330 ft (101 m)
Left center380 ft (116 m)
Center field400 ft (122 m)
Right center380 ft (116 m)
Right field line330 ft (101 m)
Surface Grass (1994–2013)
FieldTurf (2014–present)
Construction
Opened March 17, 1994;24 years ago (1994-03-17)
Construction cost $5.7 million
Tenants
Notre Dame Fighting Irish baseball (1994–present)
NCAA Regional: 1999, 2001

Frank Eck Stadium is a baseball stadium in Notre Dame, Indiana. It hosts the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish college baseball team. The stadium holds 2,500 people and was built in 1994. The stadium was named after Frank Eck, an alumnus, benefactor and advisor to the university. [1]

Baseball 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 objectives of the offensive team are to hit the ball into the field of play, and 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

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Notre Dame, Indiana Census-designated place in Indiana, United States

Notre Dame is a census-designated place north of South Bend in St. Joseph County, in the U.S. state of Indiana. It includes the campuses of three colleges: the University of Notre Dame, Saint Mary's College, and Holy Cross College. Notre Dame is split between Clay and Portage Townships. As of the 2010 census, its population was 5,973.

Contents

Since its construction, the stadium has hosted two NCAA Regionals, 1999 and 2001.

History

In June 1991, the university announced a decision to build a new baseball stadium southeast of the Joyce Center. Frank Eck, a wealthy benefactor and alumnus of the university, helped subsidize the cost of the new stadium with a sizable contribution; the total cost of the new stadium would be $5.7 million. Due to the donation, the new stadium would be named after Eck.

Edmund P. Joyce Center building in Indiana, United States

The Edmund P. Joyce Athletic & Convocation Center, often called the Joyce Center, formerly the Athletic & Convocation Center, is a 9,149-seat multi-purpose arena in Notre Dame, Indiana just north of South Bend. The arena opened in 1968. It is home to the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish basketball and volleyball teams. The main arena, Phillip J. Purcell Pavilion, is located in the southern portion of the facility. The northern portion housed a hockey rink until October 2011. It also houses the Castellan Family Fencing Center and Rolfs Aquatic Center in the rear of the building.

Construction on the new stadium would finish in Spring 1994, with the Irish's first game in the stadium being held on March 30, with a 7–6 win against Indiana. [2] Since its construction, Frank Eck Stadium has been renovated several times. These upgrades include, but are not limited to: a 9,000-square foot indoor hitting and pitching facility; a complete remodel of the locker rooms to include 36 brand new, 30-inch wood lockers, including four specially designed corner lockers for the catchers, as well as flat-screen, HD televisions and installation of FieldTurf for the entire field. [3]

Indiana Hoosiers baseball

The Indiana Hoosiers baseball team is the varsity intercollegiate athletic team of Indiana University Bloomington in Bloomington, Indiana, United States. The team competes in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I and are members of the Big Ten Conference. The team plays at Bart Kaufman Field, which opened for the 2013 season.

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FieldTurf

FieldTurf is a brand of artificial turf playing surface. It is manufactured and installed by FieldTurf Tarkett, a division of French company Tarkett Inc. FieldTurf is headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and its primary manufacturing facility is located in Calhoun, Georgia, United States. With a design intended to more accurately replicate real grass, the new product gained rapid popularity in the late 1990s, and changed the industry.

Features

The facility has a clubhouse and locker room, training area and team rooms, indoor and outdoor hitting cages, turf field, press box, lights for night play, bench and stadium chair seating, entry plaza, concessions and restrooms. [3]

Attendance

Year Total Yearly AttendanceAverage Attendance
2010 20,621 1,085 [4]
2011 7,927 417 [5]
2012 9,724 540 [6]
2013 9,296 516 [7]
2014 8,948 406 [8]
2015 13,390 582 [9]
2016 17,987 580 [10]
2017 11,518 426 [11]

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