The Bosh, The Bosh Pit
|Full name||Bryson Field at Cary C. Boshamer Stadium|
|Location||235 Ridge Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-5071, USA|
|Owner||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill|
|Operator||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill|
|Capacity||4,100 (standing room up to 5,000)|
|Field size||Left Field: 335 ft (102.1 m)|
Left Center Field: 370 ft (112.8 m)
Center Field: 400 ft (121.9 m)
Right Center Field: 355 ft (108.2 m)
Right Field: 340 ft (103.6 m)
|Opened||March 21, 1972|
|Construction cost||$25.5 million (expansion)|
|Structural engineer||LHC Structural Engineers (2008 expansion)|
|North Carolina Tar Heels (NCAA) 1972–2007, 2009–present|
Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Tournament (1973, 1975, 1981–1983)
The previous home of the Tar Heels had been a multi-use venue called Emerson Field, which sat some 2,400 people. The combination baseball/football field was opened in 1916 and had been named for a university benefactor best known as the inventor of Bromo-Seltzer. The football team left Emerson for Kenan Memorial Stadium in 1927. Emerson would continue as the home of the baseball team for another 45 seasons. Its site is now occupied by Davis Library.
Boshamer Stadium first opened on March 21, 1972, near the tail end of the 1972 season. It is named for Cary C. Boshamer (class of 1917), a textile industrialist from Gastonia whose donation made the new stadium possible. Although many Tar Heel players and fans speak of the stadium as "the Bosh", apparently the family survivors favor the "Boss-hammer" pronunciation.
The Tar Heels' on-field success during the mid-2000s coincided with the decision to rebuild the 35-year-old facility. Following the 2007 season, the stadium was almost completely demolished and rebuilt. UNC won their final game in the old Boshamer Stadium 9-4 over the University of South Carolina.
The rebuilt stadium first opened on February 2, 2009. At that time, the playing surface was formally renamed Bryson Field in honor of former first baseman Vaughn Bryson and his wife Nancy, both longtime supporters of the baseball program.
The entrance courtyard of the rebuilt stadium is named for the Steinbrenner family, as the result of a $1 million donation by New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, whose granddaughter graduated from UNC.
Since expansion, the stadium has a listed capacity of 4,100, but has standing room for up to 5,000. Before renovations, it seated 3,000 people from the end of one dugout to the other. Today, seating extends down both the 1st and 3rd base lines. Sections past the dugout on the 1st base line are now reserved for student seating, nicknamed "The Bosh Pit".
The field dimensions are as follows:
- Left Field: 335 ft (102.1 m)
- Left Center Field: 370 ft (112.8 m)
- Center Field: 400 ft (121.9 m)
- Right Center Field: 355 ft (108.2 m)
- Right Field: 340 ft (103.6 m)
The asymmetry of the field is partly the result of an inward bulge in the fence in right center.
Game action against University of Maryland, College Park on April 25, 2009.
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