Doug Kingsmore Stadium
Doug Kingsmore Stadium, located on Silas Pearman Boulevard, (Perimeter Rd.) on the Clemson campus, first opened in 1970. It has a natural grass surface. It has hosted NCAA College Baseball (1970-present), and was the site of the NCAA Regional in 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2009, as well as the NCAA Super Regional in 2000, 2002 and 2006. The capacity is 5,617 with 3,500 seated. Its dimensions are: Left Field - 320 ft (97.5 m); Left-Center - 370 ft (113 m); Center Field - 400 ft (122 m); Right-Center - 375 ft (114 m); and Right Field - 330 ft (100.5 m).
Doug Kingsmore Stadium (known prior to 2003 officially as Beautiful Tiger Field and still known as that to many Clemson fans) is a stadium in Clemson, South Carolina. It is primarily used for NCAA college baseball, and is the home field of the Clemson Tigers. It opened in 1970 and has a record attendance of 6,480 set on March 7, 2004 vs. South Carolina Gamecocks. Doug Kingsmore is known as one of the top collegiate baseball facilities in the nation (ranking in the top 20 in attendance for 15 consecutive seasons) and the Tigers have enjoyed a decided home field advantage playing within its confines as Clemson sports an .810 winning percentage in games played there all time and are 25-2 in NCAA Tournament games there since the NCAA changed its post-season format in 1999 (with a 39-8 record in NCAA Tournament games all time).
Former Clemson baseball player and Board of Trustees Emeritus Doug Kingsmore gave the Clemson athletic department a $1 million gift towards renovation of Clemson's baseball stadium, formerly known as Tiger Field. George Bennett, former executive director of IPTAY, made the announcement in 2000. Bennett also announced that the facility would be called Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
Renovations to Doug Kingsmore Stadium began in the summer of 2002. The stadium has a brick facade that surrounds every entrance. A green roof that covers much more of the stands and a press box that is twice as large adds to the comfort of fans attending the game and the media covering it. The press box, which is accessible by elevator, includes four large booths for broadcasting and a separate media center that accommodates 13 writers.
There is also a patio area outside the press box that is above the existing stands along the first and third-base lines. It is used for receptions and other events throughout the year.
Two ticket booths, concession stands with an adjoining picnic area, and enlarged restrooms make the facility easily accessible and fan-friendly. Reserved seats were also added to the grandstand. A grand stairway leading from the McFadden parking lot to the main entrance is an added feature from a convenience and aesthetic aspect.
The players also realize improvements, as four batting cages have been constructed beyond the right-field fence. The dugouts have been almost doubled in length and width. And the players have a newly-renovated locker room and lounge.
The facility is also equipped with a "Super-Sopper," which cuts down on rainouts. Clemson is one of a few schools with this machine that removes water from the field.
New Stadium Features:
- Ornamental metal fence
- Plaza area
- Overhanging roof
- Enlarged & temperature-controlled press box
- Patio areas above the stands
- Ticket booths
- Enlarged concession stands
- Enlarged restrooms
- Chair-back seats
- Left-field grandstand
- Grand stairway entrance with Hall of Fame area
- Indoor batting cages
- Enlarged dugouts
- V.I.P. parking lot and drop-off
- "PawVision" giant replay screen
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