Baseball Facility Tour
Known for its fan-friendly atmosphere and spacious accommodations, Cougar Field is the proud home of the University of Houston Baseball team. Reconstructed on February 22, 1995 and recently renovated with the installation of FieldTurf, Cougar Field became one of the nation's top college baseball stadiums. The Cougars enjoy a beautiful scaled-down version of a Major League park, attracting fans from across the state that want to share in the experience of a great college baseball environment.
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Cougar Field holds a seating capacity of 3,500 fans, but can accommodate up to 5,000 fans with a pair of grass berm areas located along the outfield lines. A canopy red roof covers the upper general admission seats, shading fans during the hot Houston months.
The stadium is equipped and handicapped accessible, providing 35 seating spaces for wheelchairs along the concourse level. Seating and access for handicapped fans are convenient with two wide ramps located on each side of the park. Netting encompasses the reserved seating, so fans can be close to the action, yet safe from foul balls.
Along with the superb playing surface, the Cougars can take advantage of one of the region's top indoor hitting facilities, located along the west end of the stadium. The practice facility is designed to allow hitting, pitching and infield practice. With a Major League style look, the Houston home bullpen is equipped with three dirt mounds and field turf surface throughout. The bullpen area provides the Cougars with a short-game practice area, while being fully lit for night time practice and workouts. .
Announced in April 2015, Daktronics will design, manufacture and install a brand new LED video display to be named Sanders-Gutierrez Scoreboard at Cougar Field.
According to Daktronics, the new outfield video display will be the largest at an on-campus baseball stadium in the country. It will measure roughly 27.5 feet high by more than 55 feet wide to provide more than 1,500 square feet of space for live video, instant replays, statistics and scoring information, graphics and animations, and sponsor messages. The display features a 15HD pixel layout for crisp, clear imagery with wide-angle viewing for a great view from every seat at the ballpark.
With the new dimensions set, the new display will measure twice as tall and more than three times as wide as the current display board in right-center field. Baseball fans in the city of Houston can see a similar display board at MLB's Minute Maid Park -- as both the Cougars and Astros will house the same manufactured product from Daktronics. Construction on the new video display will begin this season with the installation date still to be determined.
A 13-by-18-foot video board in right-centerfield that stands about 47 feet high and 60 feet wide was installed in 2007. The state-of-the-art project, which cost $450,000, funded by generous donations of Cougar Baseball fans and former players and built by Spectrum Corporation, provides fans with an in-depth look into the Cougar Baseball program with video highlights, replay, and player features during home games.
Cougar Field also houses the Cougars' clubhouse, which includes large, professional-style locker rooms and offices for the coaches. A training area for on-site sports therapy accompanies rooms for equipment, storage, video breakdown, and laundry are available for players, coaches, and team personnel.
Recent renovations in 2011 took place inside the Cougar clubhouse with newly installed wooden lockers, highlighting former players and donors to the program. Current players enjoy the luxury of flat screen televisions, a dining and lounge area for off-the-field comfort.
Visiting teams and umpires can enjoy the trip to Houston as both treated to separate quality locker room areas that house showers and dressing areas inside the visiting team dugout.
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Located on the upper deck behind home plate is one of the best college press boxes in the country. The press box features booths for radio and television, a 28-seat working press area for writers and ample room to operate the public address and scoreboard. Accommodating the media is an important criteria for Houston to host future NCAA Regional events.
RECENT RENOVATIONS About FieldTurf:
Cougar Field has undergone several renovations, enhancing the overall look and playing surface for players and fans. December 2013 marked the biggest renovation to date as Cougar Field underwent a complete overhaul with the installation of the baseball specific FieldTurf DoublePlay playing surface.
The DoublePlay product line is designed to be completely customizable to the needs of baseball clients by controlling the speed and pace of the baseball through innovative fiber and infill technology. Such customization allows for all baseball programs to get the field they want. With over 40 game fields currently in use at the NCAA D-1 level for baseball, the Cougars join an impressive list of baseball teams that play and/or practice on FieldTurf DoublePlay systems such as Oregon State University, Rutgers University, University of Illinois, Kent State University, University of Louisville and the University of Oregon, to name a few.
In time for the 2012 season, the outfield wall was redone, enhancing the look of the companies that sponsor Cougar Baseball with new and updated ads across the padded wall. A new railing in front of each dugout was installed, while new green safe padding was added to provide safety for players during game action. The bullpen was brought to life with a new UH windscreen facing the stadium seating. In 2010, the netting behind home plate was replaced; the red roof and dugouts were freshly painted with Houston Cougars across the tops, while the "Bring Back the Red" chairback campaign, allowed all the reserved-seating chairs to be replaced.
Cougar Field has hosted three NCAA Regionals, one Super Regional and two C-USA Championships over the last 13 years. The all-time best crowd of 4,519 came against Rice in the NCAA Regionals back in 2000. The year 2000 still remains one of the best years for attendance, as seven of the Top 10 all-time record attendance numbers came during that year alone.
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