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Turchin Stadium
Greer Field at Turchin Stadium
TurchinStadium.jpg
LocationBen Weiner Drive
New Orleans, LA 70118
Coordinates29°56?47?N 90°06?56?W / 29.94640°N 90.11568°W / 29.94640; -90.11568Coordinates: 29°56?47?N 90°06?56?W / 29.94640°N 90.11568°W / 29.94640; -90.11568
OwnerTulane University
OperatorTulane University
Capacity5,000
Record attendance5,215
(April 26, 2016, vs. LSU)
Field sizeFoul Lines: 325 feet (99 m)
Center Field: 400 feet (122 m)
Power Alleys: 370 feet (113 m)
Outfield fence height: 8 feet (2 m)
Center Field fence height: 12 feet (4 m)
SurfaceFieldTurf
Construction
Broke ground1990
OpenedMarch 11, 1991 (1991-03-11)
Renovated2005–2007
Construction cost$12 million
$10.5 million (renovation)
Tenants
Tulane Green Wave (NCAA) 1990–present
Greer Field at Turchin Stadium

Greer Field at Turchin Stadium is a baseball stadium in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is the on-campus home the Tulane University Green Wave college baseball team.

From 1893 to 1989, Tulane's home ballpark was Tulane Diamond, which was located about 100 feet south of Turchin Stadium's current location.[1]

History

The stadium was named for Robert Turchin, a World War II veteran and 1943 graduate of Tulane, and his wife, Lillian Turchin, who headed the drive in 1990 to build it.

The stadium was in the midst of significant renovations following the 2005 season, but Hurricane Katrina nearly destroyed the facility, forcing the project to start over.[2] Tulane had hoped to move into the renovated Turchin for the 2006 season but played the entire 2006 season at Zephyr Field in nearby Metairie. It was scheduled to be completed in April 2007, but heavy rain during the winter of 2007 pushed back the opening to the 2008 season.[3]

As the University spent $1.5 million before Katrina and was projected to spend $7.5 million after, the final renovation cost was estimated to be about $9 million,[4] but by the end of construction the entirely new stadium had cost $10.5 million to build.[5]

Shortly after construction commenced, the Tulane University Athletics Department "expanded the scope" of the Tulane Athletics Brick Campaign. This mode of fundraising, in which fans could buy commemorative bricks to be placed at the entry of the new stadium, generated unexpected levels of interest, warranting the expansion.[6]

In 2008, at the official reopening, "Greer Field" was added to the name in honor of Phil Greer, chair of the Board of Tulane.[7] The newly renovated Greer Field at Turchin Stadium reopened for the 2008 baseball season on February 22 with a 6–0 win over Illinois-Chicago in front of a sellout crowd of 5,093 fans.[7] Turchin hosted the Conference USA baseball tournament that season.[8]

From 2011-14, Turchin has hosted the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class 5A (top classification) state tournament.

Tulane has won over 75% of its games in Turchin since its opening.[9] In 2013, the Green Wave ranked 31st among Division I baseball programs attendance, averaging 2,080 per home game.[10]

Attendance records

Single game

Attendance Game Date Notes
5,215 Tulane vs. LSU April 26, 2016 2016 Regular Season
5,131 Tulane vs. LSU April 5, 2011 2011 Regular Season
5,093 Tulane vs. UIC February 22, 2008 2008 Regular Season Opener
5,063 Tulane vs. LSU March 6, 2012 2012 Regular Season
5,017 Tulane vs. LSU April 22, 2008 2008 Regular Season
4,987 Tulane vs. LSU April 1, 2009 2009 Regular Season
4,708 Tulane vs. Rice June 13, 2005 2005 NCAA Super Regional
4,700 Tulane vs. LSU May 18, 2010 2010 Regular Season
4,653 Tulane vs. Rice June 12, 2005 2005 NCAA Super Regional
4,602 Tulane vs. Rice June 11, 2005 2005 NCAA Super Regional

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Year-by-year

Season Average Attendance Total Attendance Games
1999 1,283 41,070 32
2000 1,839 55,182 30
2001 2,660 127,670 48
2002 3,150 97,663 31
2003 2,414 86,913 36
2004 3,032 93,982 31
2005 3,720 145,084 39
2006 2,888 106,862 37
2007 2,786 103,070 37
2008 3,600 140,402 39
2009 2,938 99,882 34
2010 2,832 110,432 39
2011 2,759 96,577 35

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Tournaments hosted

C-USA Tournament (3): 1997, 2003, 2008[8]
Metro Tournament (1): 1992
NCAA Regional Tournament (2): 2001, 2005
NCAA Super Regional (1): 2005

See also

References

  1. ^ "Greer Field at Turchin Stadium". tulanegreenwave.com. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ "Tulane Resumes Stadium Expansion on Campus," Archived 2006-09-11 at the Wayback Machine New Wave. July 3, 2006.
  3. ^ "Completion of Tulane's Turchin Stadium Pushed Back," Tulane Athletics Department. April 5, 2007.
  4. ^ "Tulane University To Re-Start Major Expansion At Turchin Stadium". tulanegreenwave.cstv.com. 30 June 2006. Retrieved .
  5. ^ a b "Greer Field at Turchin Stadium". tulanegreenwave.cstv.com. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "Loyal Fans Leave Their Mark on Campus". tulane.edu/newwave. 25 June 2007. Retrieved .[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ a b "New Ballpark Scores With Players, Fans," Archived 2008-02-29 at the Wayback Machine New Wave. February 25, 2008
  8. ^ a b "Site to Change for 2007 C-USA Baseball Championship". conferenceusa.cstv.com. 5 April 2007. Retrieved .
  9. ^ "Glancing at the NCAA Hosts, Part I of II". SouthernCollegeSports.com. 30 May 2005. Retrieved .
  10. ^ Cutler, Tami (June 11, 2013). "2013 Division I Baseball Attendance - Final Report" (PDF). Sportswriters.net. NCBWA. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 20, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  11. ^ Tammy Nunez. "LSU freshman pitcher Aaron Nola stymies Tulane Green Wave hitters as Tigers win 5-0". nola.com. Retrieved .
  12. ^ Tami Cutler. "2011 Division I Baseball Attendance" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on December 20, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  13. ^ "NCAA Baseball Attendance". NCAA. Archived from the original on 2012-04-01. Retrieved .

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