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Olsen Field

301 George Bush Drive College Station, Texas
College Station, TX 77845

(979) 845-4810

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The baseball facility at Texas A&M University, C.E. "Pat" Olsen Field, is second to none. The stadium was dedicated on March 21, 1978, and is named in honor of Mr. Pat Olsen, a 1923 graduate of Texas A&M. Upon graduation from A&M, Olsen became a member of the famed New York Yankees, playing with immortals Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. Mr. Olsen supports all levels of baseball and threw out the first pitch of the 1984 World Series in San Diego.

Olsen Field is located across from Kyle Field and has a permanent seating capacity of 7,053. Additional seating was completed prior to the 1994 season.

In 2002, the Aggies set several attendance records. The 5,140 average per game last year broke the old mark of 4,653 set in 1999. The 8,847 fans who attended the Texas game in 2003 established a new stadium record. In 1999, 8,452 fans poured through the turnstiles to watch a game versus Texas. With an additional 2,600 in Aggie Alley, the overflow crowd reached a record 11,052.

The Aggies have been ranked in the nation's Top 10 in attendance for several years and in 1999 A&M placed second in the nation with a total attendance of 195,440 for 42 home dates and in 2001 the Aggies finished third in the nation as 4,467 fans passed through the turnstiles per game. In 2003, Texas A&M finished ranked No. 5 in the nation with an average home attendance of 4,877.

Olsen Field has served as an NCAA regional site four times and each time has been a tremendous success. In Among the eight super regional sites in 1999, Olsen Field and Texas A&M ranked first with 22,833 fans entering the gates. The 1999 regional attendance was ranked second with 53,287 fans. The first regional tournament held at A&M was 1989.

One of the special features of Olsen Field is the Tifway Bermuda-grass which makes the diamond one of the best natural playing surfaces in the nation. George Toma, an expert on playing surfaces, commented on a visit to Olsen Field that the turf was as fine as any playing surface in the major leagues. The Texas A&M groundskeeper, Leo Goertz, was honored as the 1985 NCAA Division I Groundskeeper of the Year for his outstanding work at Olsen Field. Diamond Dry and Collegiate Baseball are co-sponsors of the award. 1985 was the first year for the honor to be awarded.

The dimensions of the field are 330 feet down the foul lines, 375 to the power alleys and 400 feet to centerfield. The wooden fences around the outfield measure eight feet in height with the exception of centerfield, where the height is 20 feet. Beneath the grandstands are dressing facilities for both teams, a separate dressing room for the umpires, a modern training room and a groundskeeper's storage room.

A new indoor hitting facility was built down the left-field line that features batting cages and bullpens for the Aggie baseball and softball teams to workout in inclement weather.

A new state-of-the-art scoreboard, featuring a LED video board was unveiled in 2000. The scoreboard was the first on-campus, college-baseball scoreboard of its type in the United States.

Other features include a major league metal halide lighting system. A 160-foot laminated vinyl tarpaulin covers the infield during inclement weather. Under the third base stands are the coaches' offices complete with a lounge area for players and families.

After losing the first three games ever played at Olsen Field, the Aggies won 16 straight and continue to play well at home. Since the stadium was opened, the Aggies have won over 75 percent of their games. (These figures do not include exhibitions and tournament games.)

To make attending games more convenient for the fans, a trailer park with water, electricity hookups and a dump station has been built. There are 40 hookups for recreational vehicles. The park complex was dedicated on October 3, 1982. The park honors Mr. Olsen's wife, Elsie Duncan Olsen.

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