Aug. 18, 2004
In May 2004, NC State completed an approximately $6 million renovation
of Doak Field, the university's on-campus baseball facility. The
renovation of Doak Field was a complete rebuilding of the facility,
which first opened in 1966. Phase one of the project included leveling
the playing surface, which used to have a severe drop in elevation from
home plate to the right-field corner. A new state-of-the-art drainage
and irrigation system was installed, and the field then was topped with
a new playing surface.
Phase two of the project involved replacing the old stadium structure
with a new grandstand with all chairback seats; a baseball operations
building; a new, modern press box that includes three broadcast booths
and seating for up to 40 media members; two concessions stands; and
modern, comfortable and spacious rest rooms. The operations building
includes locker rooms for the team, coaches and umpires; an equipment
room, a players' lounge, coaches' offices, and a reception area. The
players locker room is accessible through the home team's dugout. An
indoor batting case was erected in the right-field corner, adjacent to
the operations building.
Because of its size, the new grandstand forced home plate to be moved
15 feet down the third-base line towards left field. The dimensions of
the park now are 20 feet shorter down the left-field line, 10 feet
shorter in left-center and right-center, and five feet shorter down the
right-field line. The left-field fence is 16 feet in height, compared to
eight feet throughout the rest of the outfield.
Capacity at Doak Field is 2500. The seating bowl is just as close to
the action as the old grandstand, and because the seating bowlk is lower
in height than the old grandstand, the front-row seats are even closer
to the action than ever.