Monday, September 28, 2009

Home Sweet Home

Southeastern Louisiana baseball has called Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field home since February 14, 1992 when they opened the stadium with an 8-6 victory over Grambling State University.

The stadium is named in honor of all Southeastern Alumni and was dedicated to Hall of Fame coach Pat Kenelly on February 19, 2006. “The Pat” has a capacity of 2,630 with box seats at field level, an elevated grand stand with chair back seats and backed bleachers, as well as two sections of bleachers down the foul lines. In the right field corner you will find the “Green Tent” which is home to the Diamond Club’s cookouts. In the left field corner its not unusual to see Lil’ Lion Fans playing a pick-up game of wiffle ball as they attend “Birthdays at the Ballpark“.

Alumni Field has undergone some aggressive makeovers through the years, as Southeastern continues to make sure it remains one of the finest fields in college baseball. A new scoreboard featuring a LED message center and wireless console was installed, along with upgrading the outfield fence, and placing new foul poles down the foul lines prior to the 2003 season. With a complex drainage system installed in the outfield after the 2003 season, rainouts are infrequent, as the playing surface can drain in 20 minutes.

The most extensive upgrades occurred prior to the 2008 season when the old grass was replaced with new Bermuda Tifway 419 sod. Concrete was poured and a protective fence was put up in front of the dugouts. The dugouts were built up with new brick facing that matched the new brick wall fencing down the foul lines. Also new handcrafted permanent wood benches were installed in both dugouts.

Alumni Field has played host to the 1992 Trans America Athletic Conference Tournament as well as the 2004 Southland Conference Tournament. “The Pat” has been home to crowds in excess of 3,500 for recent match ups with nationally ranked opponents such as LSU, Tulane, Southern Miss, and UL-Lafayette.

Lion fans have put Southeastern baseball at the top of the Southland Conference attendance charts. Over the last three years Alumni Field has seen over 56,000 fans pass through its gates, helping create an electric home field advantage. During this time the Lions have compiled a 61-28 (.685 winning%) record at home including a 21-8 record (.724 winning%) during the 2009 season.

In its first 18 years the Lions own a 314-219 record (.589 winning%) at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field.

Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field

Capacity - 2,630
Surface - Grass (Bermuda Tifway 419)
Dimensions - 320 down the lines, 400 straight away center, 365 power alleys

Click the link below to take a photo tour of Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field

No comments: