Davenport Field - Baseball
On Feb. 16, 2002, the University of Virginia baseball program opened the doors on its sparkling new multi-million dollar facility and defeated Bucknell, 10-3, in the first contest at the new UVa Baseball Stadium. After undergoing a series of changes prior to and during the 2010 season, Davenport Field now features a seating capacity of 5,025 (fourth largest in the ACC) and field dimensions of 332-370-404-372-332 (left-right). The stadium ranks amongst the premier college baseball facilities in the nation.
Virginia has drawn more than 110,000 fans in each of the last four seasons and averaged a program-record 3,298 spectators per game in 2011. UVa has ranked in the top 20 nationally in attendance each of the last four years. The fan support gives UVa one of the nation's best home-field advantages; the Cavaliers have won 82 percent over their home games since 2004.
Virginia played host to an NCAA Regional for a ninth time in 2016 (2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016) and hosted five Super Regionals at Davenport Field (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015). Because of unprecedented ticket demand during regular-season play in 2010, 979 general admission bleacher seats were added down the right field line and an additional 600 seats were added in right field. UVA added 249 seats in right field in 2011.
The UVA Baseball Stadium has been through a series of improvements over its brief tenure as the home to the Virginia Cavaliers. In the summer of 2012, UVa installed a state-of-the-art playing surface, featuring a new irrigation/drainage system, sand-based field, FieldTurf collar behind home plate and synthetic warning track in foul territory. Virginia also replaced the grandstand bleachers with 939 new chairback seats, giving the stadium a total of 1,419 chairbacks. UVa added a new video board in 2013 as well, nearly tripling the size of the previous board. In 2010, Virginia debuted a new series of additions and enhancements to Davenport Field after a multi-million dollar renovation/expansion. The makeover included a expanded clubhouse and coaches' locker room, climate-controlled hitting facility, new visiting team and umpires' locker rooms, weight room, hall of fame room, meeting room and video room as well as an expanded training room. The new stadium enhancements provide the baseball program the opportunity to fulfill all of its baseball-related activities in one facility.
Virginia made the first steps in transforming its baseball program in 2002 with vast changes to its baseball facility. Improvements to the stadium include: a canopied grandstand with 1,500 seats; an additional 500 seats and a grass hillside to provide more seating; six sky boxes for lease by fans and corporate sponsors; stadium lights; new dugouts for the home and visiting teams; an on-site locker room and club house; a new press box, and a new concession area.
Representing a major athletic facility improvement, the University of Virginia installed a new grass playing surface at the then UVa Baseball Field in 1998. The Bermuda grass playing surface - known as Davenport Field - was dedicated on April 13, 2002 during Virginia's game against Wake Forest.
The field was named in honor of Thomas "Ted" Edward Davenport who served the University of Virginia as Executive Director and Secretary/Treasurer of the Virginia Student Aid Foundation (VSAF) from 1958 until 1988. He was a dear friend and avid fan of the University until his death in 2001. A 1953 graduate of the Curry School of Education, Davenport was instrumental in increasing the donations and donors to the annual fund and leading capital funding efforts for the athletics program during his tenure. He served the University in several capacities including head baseball coach and head golf coach.
Davenport Field - 434 Lannigan Lane
From the East/West: Take I-64 to exit 118B (Culpeper-Charlottesville). Take second exit (sign will say University of Virginia Information Center and Business 250 East) and bear right onto Ivy Rd. At second stoplight, turn left on to Copeley Rd. The baseball field is behind the track on the left and not visible from the road. Parking is in the University Hall parking lot on the right.
From the North: Take Route 29 south into Charlottesville (Emmet St.). Turn right at Massie Rd. Go to the next stoplight and turn left onto Copeley Rd. The baseball field is behind the track on the right and not visible from the road. Parking is in the University Hall parking lot on the left.
From the South: Take Route 29 to Business Route 250 East (sign will say University of Virginia Information Center) and bear right onto Ivy Rd. At second stoplight, turn left onto Copeley Rd. The baseball field is behind the track on the left and not visible from the road. Parking is in the University Hall parking lot on the right.
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