Russ Chandler Stadium

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Russ Chandler Stadium

Russ Chandler Stadium is the home of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets baseball team. It was originally constructed in 1930 and reconstructed in 1985 and 2002. It is currently located at 255 Fifth Street in Atlanta, Georgia. The stadium is next to the Ford Environmental Science and Technology Building and across the street from the Klaus Advanced Computing Building. Russ Chandler Stadium is one of the premier collegiate ball parks in America, and is visited by thousands of fans every year.

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History

The original Russ Chandler Stadium was constructed in 1930 then rebuilt in 1985. The original field is a part of a sporting complex that held the baseball field and football practice fields. This complex was surrounded by a concrete wall along Fowler Street. Parts of this wall are still intact today. Rose Bowl Field was the name of the original field because it was built with proceeds from the 1929 Rose Bowl game. The stadium built in 1985 featured bleacher seating, concessions,dugouts, press boxes, and restrooms. It was named after A. Russell Chandler the 3rd; who donated the funds necessary for the construction of the stadium.

Nicknamed the "Rusty C" and "Ole Rusty",[1] this stadium had a seating capacity of 2,500 people. The original Russ Chandler Stadium was home to some of the greatest baseball players in Georgia Tech history such as Kevin Brown, Nomar Garciaparra, and Jason Varitek all of which are in the Georgia Tech Athletic Hall of Fame. Russ Chandler Stadium was also the site of the 1985 Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament, 1987 NCAA Northeast Regional, the 1993 NCAA Atlantic Regional, the NCAA Atlanta Regionals in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009 ,and 2010, and the NCAA Atlanta Super Regionals in 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2006. During the 1996 Olympics held in Atlanta, Georgia, Russ Chandler Stadium was used as a training facility for the baseball teams competing in the Olympic games.

Amenities

The Russ Chandler Stadium features many amenities, from seating to locker rooms, that make it one of the top ballparks in America. Russ Chandler Stadium has a seating capacity of 5,157 seat in which 1,100 are backed. Ticket windows are located along the first and third base sides of the stadium along with a concession area located outside of the main entrance on the third base side. The press box and luxury suites also provide plenty of room for television and radio crews. The press box has a main seating area of 30 people, three auxiliary booths, and two enclosed luxury suites. This area allows broadcasters and writers cover the games in comfort. There are six additional suites located on both sides of the press box. The field itself features three covered batting cages and pitching mounds. For the players, there are locker rooms which includes a player's lounge, a video room, a room for the coaching staff, and a weight room.[2]

Field Dimensions

Russ Chandler Stadium

Left Field Line: 328 feet

Left Center Field: 391 feet

Straight Away Center Field: 400 feet

Right Center Field: 353 feet

Right Field Line: 334 feet[3]




Renovations

Tearing down of the original metal bleachers.[4]

In January 2001, the Alexander-Tharpe Fund and the Georgia Tech Athletic Association announced their plan to renovate the athletic facilities for a total of $70 million. This plan included the expansion of Bobby Dodd Stadium to go from a seating capacity of 46,000 to 55,000 seats, and the construction of a new baseball stadium. The ground-breaking for the new stadium was in early June 2001, and the construction began a few weeks later. These renovations took eight months and $7 million to complete.


The new stadium was designed by the architectural firm HOK. HOK also deisgned several other prestigious ballparks arcoss America such as Oriole Park in Balitmore, Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Pacific Bell Park in San Francisco, and Coors Field in Denver.[5] The renovations included more seating and improved amenities. The seating capacity was increased to five thousands seats in which the 1,100 seats behind home plate were to be backed. In the original stadium, the seating wasn't level with the field which made it difficult for fans to easily watch the game.

The renovations changed this aspect of the stadium allowing every seat to have a good view of the field. The improved amenities include press boxes, suites, locker rooms, a player's lounge, an equipment room, and a training room. Lights and a new scoreboard were also added. These improvements allowed more fans to watch the Yellow Jackets whether in the stadium or at home. However, due to the cost of the renovations the season ticket prices had to rise from $75 to $100. The field itself was also changed in the process of reconstruction. Home plate was moved outward 20 feet, the field was rotated clockwise, and a padded outfield wall was built. The renovations were completed before the first pitch of the 2002 season.[6]

Several members of the Georgia Tech community were not supportive of these renovations to Russ Chandler Stadium. They wanted to preserve the historic aspect of the stadium. However, once the construction was done, the renovations to the field drastically improved the experience of attending baseball games at Russ Chandler Stadium. Even with the increasing ticket prices, the fan base for the Jackets grew.

References

  1. "Russ Chandler Stadium." Georgia Tech Athletics. Web. <http://ramblinwreck.cstv.com/genrel/062101aaa.html>.
  2. "Russ Chandler Stadium." Georgia Tech Athletics. Web. <http://ramblinwreck.cstv.com/genrel/062101aaa.html>.
  3. "Russ Chandler Stadium." Georgia Tech Athletics. Web. <http://ramblinwreck.cstv.com/genrel/062101aaa.html>.
  4. "Destruction of familiar walls sparks memories of games, records and regionals past at Baseball’s Russ Chandler Stadium." Technique 87.3 (2001): 16. Web. 3 Oct 2010.<http://smartech.gatech.edu/bitstream/1853/7865/5/sports-2001-06-29.pdf>.
  5. "The $7 million reconstruction, which was completed in only eight months, has given the Rambling Wreck a top-notch baseball facility." Technique 87.22 (2002): 32. Web. 3 Oct 2010. <http://smartech.gatech.edu/bitstream/1853/7900/5/sports-2002-02-08.pdf>.
  6. "Destruction of familiar walls sparks memories of games, records and regionals past at Baseball’s Russ Chandler Stadium." Technique 87.3 (2001): 16. Web. 3 Oct 2010.<http://smartech.gatech.edu/bitstream/1853/7865/5/sports-2001-06-29.pdf>.

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