Russ Chandler Stadium

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Russ Chandler Stadium
at Rose Bowl Field
"The Rusty C"
Russ Chandler Stadium.jpg
Former namesRose Bowl Field (1930-1985)
Location255 Ferst Drive, N.W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30318
Owner Georgia Tech
OperatorGeorgia Tech Athletic Association
Capacity Chairback Seats: 1,100
Bench Seats: 3,057
Total Seats: 4,157
Field sizeLeft Field - 328 ft (100 m)
Left Center Field - 391 ft (119 m)
Center Field - 400 ft (122 m)
Right Center Field - 353 ft (108 m)
Right Field - 334 ft (102 m)
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Opened1930
Renovated1985, 2002
Construction cost$9,700,000 USD (2002 renovation)
ArchitectHellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum (HOK)
Tenants
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets baseball (Atlantic Coast Conference)
ACC Tournament (1985)

Russ Chandler Stadium is a college baseball stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. It has been the home field of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets college baseball team since 1930. [1] The current stadium opened in 2002. [1]

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 it 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

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.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets intercollegiate sports teams of the Georgia Institute of Technology

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets is the name used for all of the intercollegiate athletic teams that represent the Georgia Institute of Technology, located in Atlanta, Georgia. The teams have also been nicknamed the Ramblin' Wreck, Engineers, Blacksmiths, and Golden Tornado. There are eight men's and seven women's teams that compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I athletics and the Football Bowl Subdivision. Georgia Tech is a member of the Coastal Division in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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History

Rose Bowl Field

The original stadium was built in 1930, using the payoff from the football team's participation in the 1929 Rose Bowl. The entire complex, which included three football practice fields, was named Rose Bowl Field. The complex stood behind a stone wall along 5th and Fowler streets.

The 1929 Rose Bowl was a college football bowl game and the 15th annual Rose Bowl Game. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets defeated the California Golden Bears by a score of 8–7. The game was notable for a play in which California All-American Roy Riegels scooped up a Georgia Tech fumble and ran towards his own goal line. The two-point safety on the ensuing punt proved to be the margin of victory. Riegels' teammate Benny Lom, who attempted to tackle Riegels on the run, was named the Rose Bowl Player Of The Game when the award was created in 1953 and selections were made retroactively.

In 1971, the permanent grandstand was torn down to make way for the extension of 5th Street. Lights were added in 1983.

Original stadium

The stadium existed with only bleacher seats until 1985, when A. Russell Chandler, III (BSIE '67) funded construction of a new grandstand that opened in time for Tech's centennial year. [1] Fans of Georgia Tech baseball affectionately called it "The Rusty C" due to its extensive use of aluminum as a construction material.

Current stadium

The stadium was completely rebuilt in 2002. The new stadium features more brick and less aluminum in its construction materials than the previous one, but "Beesball" fans still affectionately refer to it as "The Rusty C." The stadium is located on the Georgia Tech campus in the heart of Atlanta's midtown area and offers fantastic views of the Atlanta skyline. [2] On April 9, 2008, the stadium set an attendance record of 4,609 for the Yellow Jackets versus the Georgia Bulldogs game held that night. The crowd totally eclipsed previous marks for both post-season (4,468 vs. Southern California on June 2, 2000) and regular-season games (4,264 vs. Georgia on March 27, 2002). One ranking of college baseball stadium experiences ranks it three [3]

Description

Russ Chandler Stadium during a game against Ohio State. Russ Chandler vs OSU.JPG
Russ Chandler Stadium during a game against Ohio State.

Field

Field Dimensions:

Due to the asymmetric shape of the field, the deepest point is actually 409 feet and lies just to the left of center field.

The fence height is a uniform 10 feet.

Seating

Seating capacity: 4,157

This figure includes 1,100 chairback seats (mostly behind home plate, but also the front rows along the first and third baselines and several "open-air" skybox areas) and over 3,000 bleacher seats. There is room for additional expansion of the bleacher sections along the third base line that will bring the total seating capacity to over 5,000 seats, and there is ample spectator room adjacent to the bullpen along the first base line. [1]

Seating capacity number of people who can be seated in a specific space, in terms of both the physical space available, and limitations set by law

Seating capacity is the number of people who can be seated in a specific space, in terms of both the physical space available, and limitations set by law. Seating capacity can be used in the description of anything ranging from an automobile that seats two to a stadium that seats hundreds of thousands of people. The largest sporting venue in the world, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, has a permanent seating capacity for more than 235,000 people and infield seating that raises capacity to an approximate 400,000.

In 2013, the Yellow Jackets ranked 42nd among Division I baseball programs in attendance, averaging 1,525 per home game. [4]

Facilities and features

The facility has a clubhouse and locker room, training area and team rooms, indoor and outdoor hitting cages, press box, lights for night play, bench and stadium chair seating, suites, entry plaza, concessions and restrooms. [5]

Parking

There are no dedicated parking facilities for Russ Chandler Stadium. Recommended surface lots on the Georgia Tech campus in the vicinity of the stadium include the adjacent Klaus College of Computing Parking Deck, Peters Parking Deck, and the Alexander Memorial Colliseum lot. Limited street parking may be available on campus, but those parking along Fowler Street past the right field fence and wall could be subject to damage from long home runs. The O'Keefe lot and others nearby (Architecture and Van Leer Electrical Engineering lots) are no longer available due to construction or other campus projects. Consult The Georgia Tech Athletic Association, Rusty C, or Beesball.com website links provided in the "External links" section below for maps and more detailed information on recommended parking.

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 The Official 2006 Georgia Tech Baseball Media Guide
  2. Przygocki, Al (2002-02-08). "The New Russ Chandler Stadium: Flashy beginning for baseball". The Technique . Retrieved 2007-09-15.[ dead link ]
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-05-29. Retrieved 2014-07-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. Cutler, Tami (June 11, 2013). "2013 Division I Baseball Attendance - Final Report" (PDF). Sportswriters.net. NCBWA. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 20, 2013. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
  5. "Russ Chandler Stadium - Facilities description". Georgia Tech University Athletics. Retrieved 12 April 2017.

Coordinates: 33°46′39″N84°23′41″W / 33.777491°N 84.394771°W / 33.777491; -84.394771