Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium

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Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium
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Former namesSeminole Stadium (1983–1988)
Dick Howser Stadium (1988–2005)
LocationChieftain Way, Tallahassee, Florida, United States
Coordinates 30°26′26″N84°18′15″W / 30.440589°N 84.304064°W / 30.440589; -84.304064 Coordinates: 30°26′26″N84°18′15″W / 30.440589°N 84.304064°W / 30.440589; -84.304064
Owner Florida State University
Operator Florida State Athletics
Capacity 6,700
Field sizeLeft Field - 340 ft
Center Field - 400 ft
Right Field - 320 ft
Right Field Fence - 315 ft
SurfaceNatural grass
Construction
OpenedMarch 28, 1983
Construction cost $14 million (including renovation) [1]
Tenants
Florida State Seminoles baseball (NCAA)

Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium is a baseball venue located in Tallahassee, Florida, United States, located adjacent to Doak Campbell Stadium on the campus of Florida State University. It is the home field of the Florida State Seminoles baseball team of the NCAA Division I Atlantic Coast Conference. It opened in 1983 and was renovated in 2004. The two-year, $12 million renovation project expanded the seating capacity to 6,700. [2]

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History

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In 1988, the stadium portion of the venue was named after Florida State's first baseball All-American, Dick Howser, also a former head baseball coach of the program. The stadium was originally called Seminole Stadium. In 2005, the field itself was dedicated to current Florida State head coach Mike Martin. [2]

Dick Howser American Major League Baseball manager, college baseball coach

Richard Dalton Howser was an American Major League Baseball shortstop, coach, and manager who was best known as the manager of the Kansas City Royals during the 1980s and for guiding them to the franchise's first World Series title in 1985.

Mike Martin (baseball coach) American college baseball coach

Michael David Martin Sr. is the former head baseball coach of the Florida State Seminoles baseball team. Martin is the all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division I college baseball. Upon the completion of his career, Martin had compiled a record of 2,029 wins, 736 losses and four ties over 40 seasons of collegiate coaching. On May 5, 2018, Martin reached 1,976 career wins, surpassing legendary coach Augie Garrido.

The stadium has played host to 35 NCAA Regional Tournaments since opening in 1983. [3] In 2012, college baseball writer Eric Sorenson ranked the facility as the third best big game atmosphere in Division I baseball [4] and, in 2014, the stadium was rated as one of the top 100 best stadium experiences across all sports in the United States and Canada.

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.

Mike Loynd Tradition Room

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Florida State's baseball program has had many outstanding players and has enjoyed much success throughout the decades. To commemorate their storied baseball program, they have built a large tradition room to honor players, coaches, and the University program as a whole. The Mike Loynd Tradition Room is located next to the Griffin Family Clubhouse under the first base stands. The trophy room as stated above showcases the stories of the great players in Florida State baseball history telling of their stories and successes. The room holds awards, plaques, championships, and more. Inside of the tradition room is a lounge area with multiple televisions that continually broadcast historic moments that have occurred within the baseball program throughout the years. On the walls of the tradition room there are tributes to the Seminole teams that made twenty-one appearances to the College World Series, and appeared in seventeen conference championship games. In addition to team awards certain individuals were signaled out and awarded for their excellence. The individual awards are showcased in glass cases; they include the four Golden Spikes Awards (an award given to the best NCAA division one player in the country)won by, Mike Loynd, Mike Fuentes, J. D. Drew, and Buster Posey. Additionally other individual awards that are on display include the coveted Gold Glove Award, an award that honors the best defensive player in the country at their given position. Buster Posey most notably won both the Golden Spikes Award and the Golden Glove Award. He was the first Seminole baseball player to be presented with the award in only its second year of being given as an award. [5]

Michael Loynd was a Major League Baseball pitcher with the Texas Rangers.

Mike Fuentes is a former Major League Baseball player. He attended Florida State University, where he was the 1981 recipient of the Golden Spikes Award.

J. D. Drew American baseball player

David Jonathan "J. D." Drew is an American former Major League Baseball right fielder. He is a left-handed hitter, and began his major league career in 1998 with the St. Louis Cardinals. He is the brother of two other major league players, Stephen and Tim.

The Mike Loynd Tradition Room was built as a part of the nearly twelve million dollar two year renovation project that ended in 2004 giving rise to the Dick Howser Stadium we see today. The room was built in large part because of a generous donation by former Golden Spikes Award winner Mike Loynd.

Section B Animals

The Section B Animals of Florida State baseball [6] is a tradition for the Seminoles. Existing since 1977 the animals are a group of Florida State baseball fans that come to the games and cheer on the Seminoles. Some old fans believe that they evolved out of a fan group that existed even before that time and was organized around supporting an individual player, a first baseman. That group carried a paddle with the player's picture on it and waved it during games. The reason for their name Section B Animals is because when Dick Howser Stadium opened in 1983 they took accustom to section B. The name animals came when a man would bring bad doughnuts to the games and eventually the group of fans threw the doughnuts at the man who brought the doughnuts and they were called animals, so the name stuck. The Animals consist of students, alumni, business people, families, public servants, and anyone else who has a passion for Florida State Baseball. [7] The animals job is to use cheers and songs to pump up the crowd and intimidate the opposing team. They strategically serenade the opposition by choosing songs from their official 63-song “Animals of Section B” songbook. Section B does unusual things like displaying the Canadian flag and singing "O Canada" in the bottom of the fifth inning. [7] The Animals have been featured on ESPN, Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News Online, Seminole Uprising, The Mike Martin Show, WTXL 27, WCTV 6, Fox SportsSouth, The Tallahassee Democrat, The Florida Times Union, FSView, The Last Word, Gainesville Sun, Durham Herald Sun and Wakulla Digest. The Section B Animals have worked hard to establish a reputation of originality, positive energy,and of the #1 cheering section in college baseball. [8] In recent years, the Animals website, Section B Online has begun generating hundreds of thousands of hits per month and is the premier source of Florida State Baseball on the Internet.

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Attendance

The stadium annually ranks among the top 10 nationally in attendance and set records in 2003 for total and average attendance. [2]

Records

The single-game attendance record of 6,789 spectators was set on April 19, 2008, when Florida State defeated then-No. 1 Miami 9-5. During the week of April 14–20, 2008, 30,179 fans watched Florida State play a total of five games against intrastate competition, the (Florida Gators, North Florida Ospreys, and Miami Hurricanes). The series record is 19,062, set in that week's Miami series.[ citation needed ]

The following is a list of the ten highest single-game attendance figures in the venue's history, as of the 2019 season. [9]

No.OpponentDateAttendance
1. Miami April 19, 20086,789
2.MiamiApril 18, 20086,756
3. Florida April 15, 20086,737
4.FloridaApril 10, 20126,730
5.FloridaApril 9, 20136,719
6.MiamiApril 15, 20066,715
7.MiamiApril 14, 20066,700
8.FloridaApril 14, 20156,634
9.MiamiMarch 1, 20146,593
10.FloridaApril 18, 20076,574

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2019 Florida State Seminoles baseball team

The 2019 Florida State Seminoles baseball team, variously Florida State or FSU, represented Florida State University during the 2019 NCAA Division I baseball season. The Seminoles played their home games at Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They were led by head coach Mike Martin, in his 40th and final season at Florida State.

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