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Alexander Field (Purdue University)

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Alexander Field
Full nameJohn and Anna Margaret Ross Alexander Field
LocationMcCormick Road and Cherry Lane, West Lafayette, IN, USA
Coordinates40°26′14″N 86°56′30″W / 40.437312°N 86.941646°W / 40.437312; -86.941646
OwnerPurdue University
OperatorPurdue University
Capacity1,500 (expandable to 2,500)
Field sizeLeft Field - 340 feet
Left Center - 368 feet
Center Field - 408 feet
Right Center - 368 feet
Right Field - 330 feet
SurfaceNatural grass
ScoreboardElectronic
Construction
Broke ground2011
Built2011–2012
Opened2013
ArchitectCooke Douglass Farr Lemons
Tenants
Purdue Boilermakers baseball (NCAA DI Big Ten) (2013-present)

Alexander Field is a baseball venue in West Lafayette, Indiana, United States. It is home to the Purdue Boilermakers baseball team of the NCAA Division I Big Ten Conference. The field hosted its first game in spring 2013. The venue has a capacity of 1,500 spectators that is expandable to 2,500 spectators. It is named for John and Anna Margaret Ross Alexander, Purdue alumni and the parents of former Purdue head baseball coach Dave Alexander[1]

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Hi I'm Josefina Estrada welcoming you to another addition of Boiler Bytes. In recent years Purdue's athletic department has been focused on improving and upgrading all the university's athletic facilities. Two years ago the first pitch was thrown out the new baseball stadium, Alexander Field. This past March saw the opening of the new softball stadium. If you're a collegiate baseball fan or just a baseball or softball fan, can't imagine a better place to watch a game. When you drive up to it, with the brick facade and everything -- it's got the wow factor. Purdue did a phenomonal job building the stadium. With our field now, people will be excited to come play here. It's just exciting to be able to call it home. Our excitement is just so above and beyond. Look at what we get to play on. Well the old baseball field was Lambert, and I actually I really really enjoyed it. Lambert field, I mean it is near and dear to our hearts because it was great playing surface. It just didn't have a lot of the amenities you know for fans and the players. We didn't have a locker room. Obviously some of the things that were lacking were stadium feel. It was kinda just some bleachers and a lot of fans standing along the side. My freshman year we actually packed it pretty much every game. We set like a new attendance record. The last season to played at Lambert field wound up being the season we won the Big Ten championship. Which was the first time for Purdue since 1909. Lambert field in its day was very nice, but it was outdated certainly. We got approval in May of 2010. So shortly thereafter we broke ground on that, moved into it in the fall of 2012, played our first game there in the spring of 2013. So currently in year three. The new stadium is a little bit more off campus then the old stadium. It's a beautifully area out there with four facilities out there, plus the cross country course. So it's kinda become a second hub of Purdue Athletics. Alexander field is the name of our new stadium, and Dave Alexander was the former coach here at Purdue. And it's got an awe factor. I think with the concourse and the brick press box -- it's big. and so it does have a little bit of awe factor I think when you walk in. I mean we're really just humbled by being able to play in that stadium; really want the best playing surfaces that I've ever been involved with. Its'a sand base field so it plays very smooth. The locker room is awesome. Everything there was state-of-the-art. They got a huge TVs in there for us, couple couches, chairs. We have the Madia Training Facility that has hitting cages, in an indoor mound for our players to work out right there on site. The dugouts are much bigger than Lambert. Lambert's dugouts were probably the smallest in the Big Ten. time It's had a huge impact in recruiting. The fact that you have a nice stadium I think shows your school is supportive of your sport. There is an investment in your program. We didn't set out to have the biggest. We wanted it to be Purdue contemporary -- that's a kinda of the term we use throughout. I think you'd be hard pressed to find a better facility, certainly in the midwest, for collegiate baseball. In comparing it to the Big Ten we were needing a new field and a new complex. There were no bathrooms, concession stands, locker rooms. That type of stuff. It didn't have the atmosphere -- the stands, or the stadium, or the locker rooms. The softball press box was down the third base line. You had to look out two windows to see if a ball hit to left field was was fair or foul. It was time time, and thankfully the right people here at Purdue were able to get We got approval on softball in April of 2013. Broke ground soon after and by this past March we'd moved in. The new stadium is out by the baseball and soccer fields. We're all one little cluster out there together and it's beautiful. It's going to be the nicest field we play at and we play at a lot of nice fields, big stadiums. We're all very excited for the locker rooms, obviously. Before, we'd have to go to practice, and drive to our locker room. And so it can be really nice and convenient to have the locker room right next to the field. And then that indoor hitting facility. That's a huge bonus for us. Here at Purdue they haven't had that before. To have that right next to your field is wonderful. This stadium has a punctuation mark we can take it to the next level and that's helping us with recruiting. You see a beautiful campus, great academic school, great athletic program, and a beautiful stadium. It really seems like the whole package. Like baseball, I think you'd be hard pressed to find any collegiate softball stadium, in this region, perhaps even the country that's any finer. The fans love it. It's certainly a great place to watch a game. You got great concession stands. If you're a suite holder, you got the suites -- all the amenities you'd want from a fan standpoint. I think people felt, pardon the expression, hit a home run with both of them. Congratulations to pitching ace Lily Fecho who broke the single-season strikeout record this past season. And to former Boilermaker catcher Kevin Plawecki, a member the 2012 Big Ten Championship team, who made his major league debut with the New York Mets this past April. For more information about Purdue's baseball and softball teams please visit the web address below.

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History

Construction began following the 2011 season, and the venue was scheduled to be completed for the start of the 2012 season. However, construction delays pushed back the field's completion to spring 2013. Due to the delays, Purdue, which was selected to host a regional in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, had to host the regional at U.S. Steel Yard in nearby Gary.[2][3]

It replaced Lambert Field as the home of the Boilermakers.

Features

The stadium features a press box, clubhouse, indoor hitting facility, suites and stadium lighting.[1]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Alexander Field". PurdueSports.com. Purdue Sports Information. 30 September 2011. Archived from the original on 2012-06-09. Retrieved 17 July 2012.
  2. ^ Peloza, Brian (26 May 2012). "NCAA Baseball Tourney Could Be Coming to Gary". The Post Tribune. Archived from the original on 3 February 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2012.
  3. ^ DiPrimio, Pete (29 May 2012). "Purdue to Host NCAA Baseball Regional - In Gary". News-Sentinel.com. Archived from the original on 2013-01-29. Retrieved 17 July 2012.

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