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Auburn University, Samford Stadium – Hitchcock Field at Plainsman Park

Previously hailed by Baseball America as the best collegiate baseball facility in the country, Samford Stadium – Hitchcock Field at Plainsman Park was designed to incorporate modern amenities yet respect the character of its campus context and the traditions of the sport. A vocabulary of exposed steel trusses and columns, arched red brick façade, metal roofing, wrought iron fencing and slatted seats creates the feel and character of an old-time ballpark. This material selection also discretely blends with adjacent campus structures.

Completed in 3 phases (1996, 2002 and 2003 respectively) and laid out in a configuration that brings fans close to the action, the ballpark seats 4,096 in the grandstands and press box, and an additional 250 on Tiger Hill, a tiered lawn area along the left field line.

Stadium amenities include full press and broadcast facilities, public concessions and restrooms, a home team clubhouse, meeting rooms, a ticket booth, VIP seating, an indoor batting cage and two exterior batting cages. Renovations have updated the fan amenities, added new bullpens in right-center field and expanded the stadium complex with a two-story Strength and Rehabilitation Center, adjacent to the Auburn clubhouse. The Strength and Rehabilitation Center features a weight room on the first floor, and the second floor is occupied by HealthSouth and the Alabama Sports Medicine Institute, led by world-renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews.

Phase I Joint Venture with McKee & Associates

Photography by John O’Hagan

+ is a dynamic team working together

jesseJesse Browning, Electrical Engineer
cdflCDFL, Architect
“…Plainsman Park succeeds better than the rest at providing a cozy, old-time setting for a game, along with the comforts of modernity and terrific sight lines.”

– Josh Pahigian, Author of “101 Baseball Places to See Before
You Strike Out”

In a snapshot

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Fun Fact:

Players who have passed through Samford Stadium on their way to great baseball careers include Bo Jackson, Tim Hudson, Gregg Olson, Scott Sullivan and Frank Thomas.