Baum Stadium

Posted by KB | | Sunday 16 November 2008 12:13 am

1. The exterior of Baum Stadium.

Baum Stadium

Built 1994-1995
Opened April 13th, 1996
Closed Still Open
Torn Down Still Stands
Used by/for University of Arkansas Razorbacks (NCAA D1) 1996-Present
Location 1255 S Razorback Rd, Fayetteville, AR
Capacity 5,500 (1996), 8,500 (2004), 10,500 (Current, 8237 seats + berms)
Surface Artificial Turf (1996-2003), Grass (2004-Present)
AKA George Cole Field

2. A panoramic view of the stadium.

History:

Baum Stadium, officially known as Baum Stadium at George Cole Field, has been the home of the University of Arkansas Razorbacks since 1996.

The ballpark replaced the original George Cole Field, where the Razorbacks played from 1975-1995. The university’s softball team played there from 1996 to 2008, when the facility was torn down.

3. A view of the grandstand and luxury boxes.

The stadium is by far the largest ever built in Arkansas, despite it has never been used for professional baseball. Baum Stadium seats around 10,500, over 3,000 more than the second biggest, Arvest Ballpark, home of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals.

4. A view of the playing field at Baum Stadium.

Ground was broke on the facility on October 12th, 1994. When the ballpark opened on April 16th, 1996, the new $8.9 million dollar stadium had a capacity of about 5,500 and featured Astroturf artificial grass. But in 2003 and 2004, an additional 2,600 chair-back seats and 8 luxury boxes were installed, bringing the capacity up to about 8,500. Real Bermuda grass was also installed.

In 2006, another 1,500 seats and 20 luxury boxes were added putting the official capacity at 10,737. Total, the stadium has 9,200 chair-back seats with 34 luxury boxes.

4. The field crew at work.

Baum Stadium was designed by HOK Sport, an architectural group well known for the designing of several Major League stadiums. HOK Sport also designed Arvest Ballpark in Springdale, AR.

5. A view of the press box.

In the ballpark’s history, a total single game attendance of 10,000 or more has been reached 4 times. The largest single game attendance ever at Baum Stadium occurred on April 8th, 2009, when a reported 11,014 people came out to watch the #1 ranked Arkansas Razorbacks beat the #2 Arizona State Sun Devils 9-8.

6. The scoreboard at Baum Stadium.

Baum Stadium is here to stay for quite a while. It ranks among the top collegiate ballparks in the country, and in many cases, it has been named the countries best collegiate ballpark.

For more and larger photos of this ballpark, see the Baum Stadium Gallery.

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