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Bart Kaufman Field
Bart Kaufman Field
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Bart Kaufman Field in Bloomington, Indiana
LocationBloomington, Indiana
Coordinates39°11?05?N 86°31?21?W / 39.184809°N 86.522539°W / 39.184809; -86.522539Coordinates: 39°11?05?N 86°31?21?W / 39.184809°N 86.522539°W / 39.184809; -86.522539
OwnerIndiana University
OperatorIndiana University
Capacity2,500 (seated)
Field sizeLeft field line - 330 ft (101 m)
Left center - 370 ft (113 m)
Center field - 400 ft (122 m)
Right center - 366 ft (112 m)
Right field line - 330 ft (101 m)[1]
SurfaceAstroTurf GameDay Grass 3D Xtreme[2]
Construction
Broke groundMay 7, 2012
OpenedMarch 20, 2013
Construction costUS$19.8 million
ArchitectBrowning Day Mullins Dierdorf[3]
Tenants
Indiana Hoosiers baseball (2013-Present)
Big Ten Conference Tournament (2017)
NCAA Regional: 2013, 2014

Bart Kaufman Field is a baseball field in Bloomington, Indiana. It is home of the Indiana Hoosiers baseball team.[4] The capacity of the facility is 2,500 spectators. It is named after Bart Kaufman, an alumnus who played in 1960-61-62. In 1961 he was the second-leading hitter (.452) in the Big Ten to longtime Detroit Tigers player Bill Freehan of the University of Michigan. Kaufman pledged $2.5 million to get the project going. Many teammates contributed to name the Indiana dugout after longtime baseball coach Ernie Andres. Much of the cost, reported to be in excess of $19 million including Andy Mohr Field for softball, was funded by proceeds from the Big Ten Network.

The stadium hosted an NCAA Regional in its first two years of existence; it marked the first two times the IU baseball program has played tournament games on campus. Bart Kaufman Field hosted its first Big Ten Baseball Tournament from May 24-28, 2017.[5]

History

Grandstands

On August 19, 2011, the Indiana University Board of Trustees approved plans for a new baseball-softball complex. These new fields would be located just north of Assembly Hall, near the intersection of the 45/46 bypass and Fee Lane. The new baseball field would replace Sembower Field, which had been the Hoosiers' home field since 1951.[6] On February 15, 2012, Indiana University announced that the new baseball field would be named after Bart Kaufman, CEO of the Indianapolis-based Kaufman Financial Corporation, and an Indiana baseball alumnus.[7] This announcement came after Kaufman pledged $2.5 million to the construction of a new stadium.[8]

Construction began on Bart Kaufman Field in May 2012, and was finished in March 2013; the stadium was formally dedicated on April 26 of that year.[9] The Hoosiers' first game in the stadium was March 20, 2013, with a 15-1 win over Miami University.[10]

On December 19, 2017, Indiana University Athletics announced plans to install an LED video scoreboard, beyond the outfield wall. The size of the new scoreboard is estimated to be 26.8 feet (8.16 m) high by 48.7 (14.84 m) feet wide. Installation of the new scoreboard was completed prior to the start of the 2018 season, with it being utilized for the Hoosiers' home opener on March 6, 2018, against Cincinnati.[11][12]

Features

The facility has a clubhouse and locker room, training area and team rooms, indoor and outdoor hitting cages, turf field, press box, lights for night play, bench and stadium chair seating, entry plaza, picnic area, concessions and restrooms.[13]

Attendance

Year Total Yearly Attendance Average Attendance
2013 35,800 1,704[14]
2014 68,715 2,749[15]
2015 55,185 2,207[16]
2016 49,479 1,979[17]
2017 49,399 2,058[18]
2018 49,446 1,902[19]

Pictures

Bart Kaufman - Left Field (2018) - New video scoreboard
Right Field from South stands
Home Plate from West stands
Bart Kaufman Field - 2017

See also

References

  1. ^ "An Additional Impact of Kaufman Field". Indiana Daily Student. 2013-03-20. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "Hoosiers Make History on the Diamond". AstroTurf. 2013-07-02. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "IU Athletics Receives Major Gift From Bart Kaufman, Will Name New Baseball Field In His Honor". 2012-02-15. Retrieved .
  4. ^ http://springtrainingonline.com/201109271546/news/arizona-state-to-share-new-cubs-training-complex.htm
  5. ^ "Bart Kaufman Field to host Big Ten Tournament". Indiana University Athletics. 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ "IU Trustees Approve Construction of Baseball/Softball Complex". Indiana University Athletics. 2011-08-19. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "IU Athletics Receives Major Gift From Bart Kaufman, Will Name New Baseball Field In His Honor". Indiana University Athletics. 2012-02-15. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "IU Baseball Field To Be Named After Donor Bart Kaufman". Indiana Public Media. 2012-02-15. Retrieved .
  9. ^ "Indiana University dedicating its new softball and baseball fields". IU News Room. 2013-04-16. Retrieved .
  10. ^ "Hoosiers Enjoy Spectacular Bart Kaufman Field Debut". Indiana University Athletics. 2013-03-20. Retrieved .
  11. ^ "Indiana Announces Video Board Installations for Bart Kaufman Field and Andy Mohr Field". Indiana University Athletics. December 19, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  12. ^ "Twitter - Thumbs up Emoji". Indiana University Athletics - Twitter page. March 6, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  13. ^ "Bart Kaufman Field - Facilities description". Indiana University Athletics. Retrieved .
  14. ^ Cutler, Tami (June 11, 2013). "2013 Division I Baseball Attendance - Final Report" (PDF). Sportswriters.net. NCBWA. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 20, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  15. ^ "D1 College Baseball Attendance Records- 2014" (PDF). Ncaa.org. 2015. Retrieved 2017.
  16. ^ "D1 College Baseball Attendance Records - 2015" (PDF). Ncaa.org. 2016. Retrieved 2017.
  17. ^ "D1 College Baseball Attendance Records - 2016" (PDF). Ncaa.org. 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  18. ^ "D1 College Baseball Attendance Records - 2017". Ncaa.org. 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  19. ^ "D1 College Baseball Attendance Records - 2018". Ncaa.org. 2017. Retrieved 2018.

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