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Dell Diamond is the home stadium of the Round Rock Express, the Triple-A Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Houston Astros major league baseball team. On April 16, 2000, the then-Double-A affiliate Express played their first home game at the stadium.[6]

Dell Diamond
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Location3400 East Palm Valley Boulevard
Round Rock, Texas 78664
Coordinates30°31′38″N 97°37′50″W / 30.5273°N 97.6305°W / 30.5273; -97.6305Coordinates: 30°31′38″N 97°37′50″W / 30.5273°N 97.6305°W / 30.5273; -97.6305
OwnerCity of Round Rock
OperatorRyan Sanders Baseball LP
Capacity11,631
Record attendance13,475 on June 16, 2006
Field sizeLeft field – 335 feet (102 m)
Center field – 400 feet (120 m)
Right field – 325 feet (99 m)
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Broke groundFebruary 26, 1999 (1999-02-26)[1]
OpenedApril 16, 2000 (2000-04-16)
Construction cost$25 million[2]
($36.4 million in 2018 dollars[3])
ArchitectHKS, Inc.
Project managerThe Madison Group, Ltd.[4]
Services engineerBlum Consulting Engineers, Inc.[5]
General contractorHensel Phelps
Tenants

Dell Diamond is built on 85 acres (344,000 m²) of former farmland on the east side of Round Rock, Texas,[7] a rapidly growing suburban city northeast of Austin. Nolan Ryan and his son Reid Ryan, part owners of the Express, originally wanted a stadium inside the city of Austin, but found a more attractive site in the City of Round Rock, with support from the city leadership. The city of Round Rock contributed $7.35 million to the $25 million cost of the facility. The city owns the ballpark and gave the Express a 38-year lease. Local-based computer technology company Dell contracted for naming rights in a deal that will cost the company $2.5 million over 15 years.

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EventsEdit

The stadium has also hosted several college games, including some early-season University of Texas contests in 2007 while the Longhorns' home field, UFCU Disch-Falk Field, had been undergoing a major renovation project. A showcase neutral-site game was played on February 21, 2012, between the Baylor Bears and Texas State Bobcats.[8] Dell Diamond is also the designated site for the University Interscholastic League state baseball tournament. On February 13, 2016, the stadium hosted a rugby union match between Canada and USA Rugby, as part of the Americas Rugby Championship.

On June 25, 2007, Manny Parra, pitcher for the visiting Nashville Sounds, pitched a perfect game against the Round Rock Express at the ballpark.[9]

In October 2016, the stadium hosted the Traxxas Monster Truck Destruction Tour during the period prior to the field being resurfaced for the first time.

From September 2017 to mid-March 2018, the stadium was transformed into a set used for the fourth season of television's Fear the Walking Dead.[10] As a result, the field had to be resurfaced again because vegetables had been planted on it and the grass killed with chemicals to attain a post-apocalyptic look.

Rugby unionEdit

Date Visiting Score Home Competition Event Attendance
February 13, 2016   Canada 22-30   United States World Rugby ARC -
February 23, 2019   Brazil TBD   United States World Rugby ARC -

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Davenport, Christian (February 27, 1999). "Nolan Ryan Breaks Ground from the Mound". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved September 16, 2012.
  2. ^ Knight, Graham. "The Dell Diamond". Baseball Pilgrimages. Retrieved September 22, 2011.
  3. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  4. ^ "Past Projects". The Madison Group, Ltd. Retrieved September 22, 2011.
  5. ^ "Leisure-Recreation Facilities". Blum Consulting Engineers. Archived from the original on September 2, 2010. Retrieved September 22, 2011.
  6. ^ Jacobs, Janet (January 14, 2000). "Dell Roots, Roots, Roots for the Home Team". Austin American-Statesman. p. A1.
  7. ^ "Ballpark Profile". Minor League Baseball. January 12, 2010. Retrieved February 20, 2014.
  8. ^ Pirtle, Krista (February 23, 2012). "Baseball Takes Down Texas State with Four-Run Inning". The Baylor Lariat. Baylor University. Retrieved March 9, 2014.
  9. ^ "Nashville vs. Round Rock - June 25, 2007 - Box". Minor League Baseball. June 25, 2007. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  10. ^ Maun, Tyler (May 10, 2018). "Round Rock promo rises from the grave". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved May 1, 2018.

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