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Russ Chandler Stadium

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Surface  Grass
Opened  2002
Russ Chandler Stadium
Former names  Rose Bowl Field (1930-1985)
Location  255 Ferst Drive, N.W. Atlanta, Georgia 30318
Operator  Georgia Tech Athletic Association
Capacity  Chairback Seats: 1,100 Bench Seats: 3,057 Total Seats: 4,157
Field size  Left 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)
Address  255 5th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308, USA
Owner  Georgia Institute of Technology
Team  Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets baseball
Construction cost  9.7 million USD (2002 renovation)
Similar  McCamish Pavilion, Bobby Dodd Stadium, Georgia Tech Campus, Brittain Dining Hall, Neely Nuclear Research

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. The current stadium opened in 2002.

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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.

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. 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. 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

Field

Field Dimensions:

  • Left Field: either 328 or 329 feet (~100m), depending on whether you believe the official media guide or the foul line post.
  • Left Center: 391 feet (119 m)
  • Center Field: 400 feet (122 m)
  • Right Center: 353 feet (108 m)
  • Right Field: 334 feet (102 m)
  • 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.

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

    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.

    References

    Russ Chandler Stadium Wikipedia


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