Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field

Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field is a baseball stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.[2] It is the home stadium of the Louisiana State University Tigers baseball team. The stadium section (and LSU's previous baseball stadium 200 yards to the north) were named for Simeon Alex Box, an LSU letterman (1942), Purple Heart and Distinguished Service Cross recipient, who was killed in North Africa during World War II. On May 17, 2013, prior to a game against Ole Miss, the field was named and dedicated in honor of former LSU head baseball coach and athletic director, Skip Bertman.[3]

Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field
Louisiana State University Baseball Stadium, Baton Rouge, Louisiana - panoramio (25).jpg
LocationGourrier Avenue
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803
 United States
Coordinates30°24′25″N 91°11′14″W / 30.40696°N 91.18731°W / 30.40696; -91.18731Coordinates: 30°24′25″N 91°11′14″W / 30.40696°N 91.18731°W / 30.40696; -91.18731
OwnerLouisiana State University
OperatorLSU Athletics Department
Capacity10,326
Record attendance12,844
(16 February 2018 vs. Notre Dame)[1]
Field sizeFoul lines: 330 ft
Power alleys: 365 ft
Center: 405 ft
Height of fence: 10 ft
Height of batters' eye: 40 ft
SurfaceNatural grass
Construction
Opened2009
ArchitectGrace & Hebert (architect); DLR Group (stadium design); Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company (playing field design)
Tenants
LSU Tigers baseball (NCAA)

A design team of Grace & Hebert, DLR Group, and Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company designed Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field which opened during the 2009 season. Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field was slated to hold 8,500 fans but the addition of left field seating from Alex Box Stadium brought capacity up to 9,200. Additional seating in right field was added before the 2010 season, bringing the total (official) capacity to 10,150. Construction of additional suites for the 2012 season brought the capacity to 10,326.

The first game of the new stadium was played February 20, 2009. LSU beat Villanova by a final score of 12–3 in front of a crowd totaling 9,054.[4] Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field was named the American Sports Builders Association Facility of the Year 2009.[5]

AttendanceEdit

In 2012, college baseball writer Eric Sorenson ranked the stadium as the second best big game atmosphere in college baseball behind Mississippi State's Dudy Noble Field.[6] Stadium Journey Magazine also listed Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field among the "101 Best Stadium Experiences of 2012", the only college baseball venue so honored.[7]

Total and Average attendanceEdit

In 2013, the Tigers ranked 1st among Division I baseball programs in attendance, averaging a record 11,006 per home game.[8]

As of the 2018 baseball season, LSU has finished No. 1 in the final college baseball total attendance rankings in 23 straight seasons. LSU posted a total attendance figure of 399,085 in 37 games.[9]

Additionally, as of the 2018 baseball season, LSU finished No. 1 in the final average attendance rankings for the 22nd time in 23 years (Arkansas finished No. 1 in average attendance in 2007). In 2018, LSU averaged 10,786 tickets sold per game.[9]

Total Attendance at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field [10]
Year Games Attendance Average
2009 42 403,056 9,596
2010 38 404,916 10,655
2011 37 390,595 10,557
2012 44 472,391 10,736
2013 43 473,298 11,006
2014 39 424,321 10,880
2015 39 421,771 10,815
2016 41 433,783 10,580
2017 39 418,291 10,725
2018 37 399,085 10,786
2019 40 425,377 10,634
Total 439 4,666,884 10,631

Top paid attendance figures at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman FieldEdit

Top 20 Paid† Attendance Figures at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.[10]
Rank Attendance Opponent Date Winner, Score
1. 12,844 Notre Dame Feb. 16, 2018 LSU, 7-6
2. 12,727 † South Carolina Apr. 27, 2013 USC, 4-2
3. 12,472 New Orleans Feb. 14, 2014 LSU, 2-0
4. 12,373 Maryland Feb. 15, 2013 LSU, 1-0
5. 12,313 Alabama Apr. 17, 2010 LSU, 9-7
6. 12,223 Notre Dame Feb. 17, 2018 ND, 10-5
7. 12,193 Ole Miss May 17, 2013 LSU, 5-4
8. 12,164 Ole Miss Mar. 14, 2015 OM, 5-3
9. 12,153 †† Oklahoma Jun. 8, 2013 LSU, 11-1
10. 12,085 Sam Houston St. Jun. 1, 2013 LSU, 8-5
11. 12,076 Florida Mar. 18, 2011 UF, 5-4
12. 12,070 Wake Forest Feb. 18, 2011 LSU, 15-4
13. 12,042 Texas A&M Apr. 24, 2015 LSU, 9-6
14. 12,038 Texas Feb. 24, 2018 LSU, 10-5
15. 12,007 Oklahoma Jun. 7, 2013 LSU, 2-0
16. 11,976 Stony Brook Jun. 10, 2012 SB, 7-2
17. 11,906 Cincinnati Feb. 19, 2016 LSU, 6-5
18. 11,838 Louisiana Jun. 2, 2013 LSU, 5-1
19. 11,836 Mississippi St. Jun. 10, 2017 LSU, 4-3
20. 11,827 Arkansas Apr. 8, 2017 LSU, 10-8
† The regular-season record for actual attendance is 10,246 set April 27, 2013,
against South Carolina (L, 4-2).
†† The LSU record for actual attendance at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field is 11,401, which was
set June 8, 2013, in the NCAA Super Regional game 2 against Oklahoma (W, 11-1).

Tournaments HostedEdit

NCAA Regional Tournaments : 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019
NCAA Super Regional Series : 2009, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019

LSU Record at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman FieldEdit

2009–Present [10]
Year Games W-L-T Win Percentage
2009 42 33–9 .786
2010 38 30–8 .790
2011 37 28–9 .757
2012 44 35–9 .796
2013 43 39–4 .907
2014 39 31–7–1 .808
2015 39 33–6 .846
2016 41 28–13 .683
2017 39 32–7 .821
2018 37 29–8 .784
2019 40 30–10 .750
Totals 439 348-90-1 .794

Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field v. Alex Box StadiumEdit

Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field v. Alex Box Stadium[11]
Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field Section Alex Box Stadium
10,326 Seating 7,760
3,878 Grandstand (Under Roof) 2,800
6,272 Bleachers 4,522
9,274 sq ft (861.6 m2) Restrooms 2,000 sq ft (190 m2)
5,000 sq ft (460 m2) Concessions 2,200 sq ft (200 m2)
500 sq ft (46 m2) Arcade N/A
8,588 sq ft (797.9 m2) Suites N/A
1,800 sq ft (170 m2) Club Lounge N/A
9,380 sq ft (871 m2) Team Area 3,000 sq ft (280 m2)
2,000 sq ft (190 m2) Press Area 250 sq ft (23 m2)

GalleryEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Alabama vs LSU (Apr 17, 2010)". www.lsusports.net.
  2. ^ "TigerBait.com - Bertman has impacted all of college baseball". 14 May 2013.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Seth Landry (2013-05-17). "On Bertman's Night, LSU Uses Homer for Win". LSUsports.net. Retrieved 2013-06-03.
  4. ^ "Record Crowd Watches Win, Opening of Alex Box Stadium - LSUsports.net - The Official Web Site of LSU Tigers Athletics". www.lsusports.net.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-08-29. Retrieved 2013-05-16.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Sorenson, Eric (5 October 2012). "Distiller's Dozen - The "Hey, Nice Stadium" Edition". CollegeBaseballToday.com. Archived from the original on 15 December 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
  7. ^ Journey, Stadium. "Stadium Journey Announces 101 Best Stadium Experiences of 2012". PRLog.
  8. ^ 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 July 20, 2013.
  9. ^ a b "SEC baseball programs lead the way in national attendance". lsusports.net. p. 17. Retrieved June 9, 2019.
  10. ^ a b c "Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field - LSUsports.net - The Official Web Site of LSU Tigers Athletics". www.lsusports.net.
  11. ^ "Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field - LSUsports.net - The Official Web Site of LSU Tigers Athletics". www.lsusports.net.

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