Brooks Field (Wilmington)

Brooks Field is a stadium in Wilmington, North Carolina on the campus of UNC-Wilmington. Brooks Field is the home of the UNC Wilmington Seahawks baseball team and has hosted the Colonial Athletic Association Baseball Tournament a number of times (1989–90, 1993, 2004–11, 2014, 2017).[1][2][3] The ballpark has a capacity of 3,500 people and first opened in 1989.[4] In 2014 UNCW broke the 2009 record attendance of 3,608 (vs North Carolina) with 3,826 people (vs. #1 Virginia).[5]

Brooks Field
Full nameBill Brooks Field
LocationRegel Road, Wilmington, NC, USA
Coordinates34°13′19″N 77°52′24″W / 34.221942°N 77.873301°W / 34.221942; -77.873301Coordinates: 34°13′19″N 77°52′24″W / 34.221942°N 77.873301°W / 34.221942; -77.873301
Capacity3,500
Record attendance3,826 (2014 vs #1 Virginia)
Field size340 ft. (LF, RF)
380 ft. (CF)
ScoreboardYes
Opened1989
Tenants
UNC Wilmington Seahawks baseball (CAA) (1989–present)
Port City Roosters (SL) (1995–1996)
Wilmington Waves (SAL) (2001)
CAA Tournament (1989–90, 1993, 2004–2011, 2014, 2017)

NameEdit

The stadium is named after UNCW legend Bill Brooks. He started the athletic program when UNCW was a junior college and served past the school becoming a Division I program and joining the Colonial Athletic Association. Brooks served 40 years at the school, 27 as the baseball coach, with a career win-loss record of 574–292–5. His name, with the number 574, is on the wall in left field at Brooks Field.

Stadium design and featuresEdit

Brooks Field is a symmetric park where it is 340 feet from home plate to the foul poles and is 380 feet to deep center field. Seating consists of a main set of seats that extends from roughly the third base line to the first base line. There are two sets of bleachers on each side of the main seating area. There is also a berm located behind the left field fence, which fans can also sit at. The stadium has one concession stand and a small team store behind the away dugout. A simple electronic scoreboard sits in right-center field.

Minor League historyEdit

The ballpark was home to the Southern League's Class AA Port City Roosters in 1995 and 1996 and the South Atlantic League's Class A Wilmington Waves in 2001.[6]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Baseball Championships". CAA Sports. Archived from the original on June 2, 2010.
  2. ^ "2012 CAA Baseball Championship". JMU Sports. Archived from the original on March 10, 2012. Retrieved February 12, 2012.
  3. ^ "Baseball Record Book" (PDF). NMN Athletics. Colonial Athletic Association. pp. 6–10. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 18, 2012. Retrieved February 18, 2012.
  4. ^ Brooks Field Archived July 17, 2011, at the Wayback Machine at uncwsports.com, URL accessed October 21, 2009.
  5. ^ "Baseball: Record crowd packs Brooks Field for Hughes Brothers Challenge". StarNews Online. Eric Detweiler. Retrieved April 7, 2014.
  6. ^ http://mysite.verizon.net/charliesballparks/stadiums/uncw.htm