Alfred A. McKethan Stadium
|Former names||Perry Field (1950–1988)|
|Owner||University of Florida|
|Operator||University Athletic Association|
|Field size||Left Field: 329 feet|
Left Center: 365 feet
Center Field: 400 feet
Right Center: 375 feet
Right Field: 325 feet
|Opened||1988 (current stadium facility) 2019 (new facility)|
|Construction cost||$16.5 million $45.8 million (2019 facility estimate)|
|Florida Gators baseball (NCAA)|
Alfred A. McKethan Stadium at Perry Field is the college baseball stadium of the University of Florida, and serves as the home field for the Florida Gators baseball team. McKethan Stadium is located on the university's Gainesville, Florida campus, in close proximity to the university's indoor sports arena, the Stephen C. O'Connell Center, and its football stadium, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
The stadium facility is named for Alfred A. McKethan, a University of Florida alumnus and successful Florida banker, businessman and politician who contributed significant funds for the reconstruction and expansion of the stadium. McKethan donated nearly three million dollars for the reconstruction and improvement of the stadium in the 1980s and 1990s.
The playing field is named for Carl E. "Tootie" Perry, a former Florida Gators football player who was the Gators' first All-Southern selection in 1920 and 1921 and team captain in 1921. Perry's family formerly owned the land on which the baseball stadium was built, and donated the land to the university.
The current stadium facility is a concrete structure that seats approximately 5,500 fans, and includes a press box, concession stands, locker rooms for the Gators and visiting teams, and coaching staff offices. The University Athletic Association rebuilt the press box in 1996, added bleachers on the left field line and behind the left field fence in 1997, and added another 1,000 seats down the left baseline and upgraded to the locker rooms and baseball offices in 2007.
The stadium is lighted for night games and features a natural grass and clay playing surface.
Tootie Perry, namesake of Perry Field
In 2013, the Gators ranked tenth among Division I baseball programs in total attendance with 126,421 persons attending 36 games, and ranked 12th in average attendance with 3,511 persons per home game. The record for highest attendance in a single game at McKethan Stadium was set on April 9, 2016; a total of 6,244 fans watched the Gators lose game 2 of a 3-game series to Mississippi State, 10-4.
On October 9, 2017, it was reported that The University Athletic Association had submitted a project plan to the University of Florida outlining a new baseball stadium that is expected to be completed by the end of 2019. Construction is expected to begin in August 2018 and the expected price tag sits at an estimated $50 million.
According to the plan, the new stadium will increase chairbacks from 2,408 to approximately 5,000 with a stadium capacity of 10,000 and have a 360-degree concourse, shade canopy and open air seated grandstand.
The new facility will be located on the Southwest part of campus utilizing 13.63 acres of land previously occupied by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences (UF/IFAS). UF/IFAS facilities on this property will be relocated to a different part of campus nearby.
- About the stadium
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- Alfred A. McKethan Stadium – Stadium description at official website of the Florida Gators.