Jack Coombs Field

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Jack Coombs Field
Coombs Field
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Location Whitford Drive, Durham, North Carolina, USA
Coordinates 35°59′54″N78°56′39″W / 35.9983°N 78.9443°W / 35.9983; -78.9443 Coordinates: 35°59′54″N78°56′39″W / 35.9983°N 78.9443°W / 35.9983; -78.9443
Owner Duke University
Capacity 2,000
Field sizeLeft Field - 325 feet (99 m)
Left Center Field - 370 feet (110 m) (not posted)
Center Field - 400 feet (120 m)
Right Center Field - 375 feet (114 m) (not posted)
Right Field - 335 feet (102 m)
Surface AstroTurf GameDay Grass 3D 60H
Scoreboard Yes
Opened 1931
Renovated 2001, 2011
Duke Blue Devils college baseball (ACC)

Jack Coombs Field is a baseball stadium in Durham, North Carolina, USA. It is the on-campus home field of the Duke University Blue Devils college baseball teams. As of the 2011 season, Duke uses Coombs Field for all weekday games and Durham Bulls Athletic Park for weekend games. [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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Durham, North Carolina City in North Carolina, United States

Durham is a city in and the county seat of Durham County in the U.S. state of North Carolina. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated the city's population to be 251,893 as of July 1, 2014, making it the 4th-most populous city in North Carolina, and the 78th-most populous city in the United States. Durham is the core of the four-county Durham-Chapel Hill Metropolitan Area, which has a population of 542,710 as of U.S. Census 2014 Population Estimates. The US Office of Management and Budget also includes Durham as a part of the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Combined Statistical Area, which has a population of 2,037,430 as of U.S. Census 2014 Population Estimates.


The stadium holds 2,000 people. It was dedicated in 1951 for former Duke baseball coach Jack Coombs. [2] The field itself was first used in 1931. [1] The stonework on the grandstand exterior suggests the Neo-Gothic architectural design used with most of the West Campus buildings.

Jack Coombs American baseball player and coach

John Wesley "Jack" Coombs, nicknamed "Colby Jack" after his alma mater, was an American professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball as a pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics (1906–14), Brooklyn Robins (1915–18), and Detroit Tigers (1920). Coombs set a number of American League and World League records which still stand and, when he won 31 games while losing nine in 1910, he became one of only 13 pitchers to win 30 games in a season since 1900.

Gothic Revival architecture Architectural movement

Gothic Revival is an architectural movement popular in the Western World that began in the late 1740s in England. Its popularity grew rapidly in the early 19th century, when increasingly serious and learned admirers of neo-Gothic styles sought to revive medieval Gothic architecture, in contrast to the neoclassical styles prevalent at the time. Gothic Revival draws features from the original Gothic style, including decorative patterns, finials, lancet windows, hood moulds and label stops.

The ballpark stands in the western portion of the athletic complex on Duke's West Campus. It is bounded by Science Drive (northwest, left and center fields); Whitford Drive (southwest - left field, third base, and home plate); Krzyzewski Center (east, first base); and a service road (northeast, center and right fields). [3]


In 2001, an indoor hitting facility was added. [2]

Prior to the 2011 season, an AstroTurf surface was installed at the field, allowing for greater flexibility in the program's use of the venue. In addition, minor changes were made to the field's fences, lights, and dimensions. The stadium was custom fit with Promats Athletics wall padding, netting system, and foul poles. [1]

AstroTurf is an American subsidiary that produces artificial turf for playing surfaces. The original AstroTurf product was a short-pile synthetic turf. Since the early 2000s, AstroTurf has marketed taller pile systems that use infill materials to better replicate natural turf. The prime reason to incorporate AstroTurf on game fields is to avoid the cost of laying and maintaining natural turf and to maximize hours of usage. In 2016, AstroTurf became a subsidiary of German-based SportGroup, a family of sports surfacing companies, which itself is owned by the investment firm Equistone Partners Europe.

Other features include locker rooms, a sprinkler system, and offices. [2]

Fire sprinkler system sprinkler

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  2. 1 2 3 Jack Coombs Field at goduke.com, URL accessed December 22, 2010. Archived 12-22-2010
  3. "Duke Campus Map". Duke.edu. Archived from the original on 2011-12-20. Retrieved 20 December 2011.