Address: 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110
Capacity: 1,700 permanent chair back seats, with capabilities to expand to 3,000.
Field Dimensions: LF (312'), LC (370'), C (391'), RC (385'), RF (327').
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Fowler Park and Cunningham Field opened its doors on February 15, 2013, and serves as the state-of-the-art home to USD baseball team.
Fowler Park and Cunningham Field
The University of San Diego (USD) baseball team opened up the 2013 baseball season by showcasing their new state-of-the-art Fowler Park and Cunningham Field venue. The game, the first of three straight sold out contests with cross-town rival San Diego State, was televised nationally on Fox Sports, giving viewers across the country a glimpse of the ballpark's beauty, sightlines and intimate atmosphere.
The $13.8 million project was constructed in just 38 weeks, and was made possible by lead donors Ron and Alexis Fowler, along with more than 100 other donors. Fowler Park and Cunningham Field greatly enhances the architecture, facilities, amenities and overall baseball experience for the highly regarded USD Toreros, who have been one of the best programs on the West Coast during the past decade.
Highlights of the facility include a grand entry archway detailed in 16th century Spanish Renaissance architecture that connects the ballpark with nearby campus architecture. This leads fans onto the McGee Family Entry Deck which gives spectators a spectacular view of the entire ballpark, and once inside the park, fans never lose sight of the playing field.
Fowler Park has 1,700 permanent seat-backs, but can be expanded to hold 3,000 fans with designed temporary seating areas. The majority of seating sections have only 14 rows, providing fans with excellent and intimate sightlines no matter where they are in the ballpark. All seats are protected by a Dyneema Backstop Netting that is supported on wire from foul pole to foul pole and provides an unobstructed view for all spectators.
This, along with a 25'x16' digital ICG scoreboard, a state-of-the-art green Musco Lighting System with eight light standards, and sunken team dugouts, makes Fowler Park equipped to host NCAA Regionals and Super Regionals. The state-of-the-art clubhouse for players and coaches that rivals MLB standards, includes a spacious locker room, player study lounge, coaches' offices, athletic training room, conference room, soft-toss area and mud room.
Additionally, there are two luxury suites with high end finishes and indoor/outdoor seating, a press box area for radio/TV/game operations, public restrooms, concessions and ticket office. The Torero Deck, which sits on top of the clubhouse, has a synthetic turf miniature baseball field for kids to run around on during the contests. With views to the west of Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean, it is also a fabulous spot for receptions and group gatherings.
"Fowler Park and Cunningham Field is the cornerstone of our ongoing capital campaign. It is part of the continual upgrade of our facilities and designed to provide our student-athletes and fans with top line amenities and be able to host NCAA Championships," said San Diego's Executive Director of Athletics Ky Snyder. "In keeping with the campus architectural guidelines, we are convinced we have the only 16th Century Spanish Renaissance ballpark in the nation. It feels uniquely USD and San Diego, and our seating is set to put our fans right on top of the action."
Constructed with local and recycled materials, low-flow plumbing fixtures, and a sustainable site design, the project is designed to achieve LEED Silver Certification. Populous, the stadium's architect, and Turner Construction made Fowler Park's beautiful layout and design possible. Together, along with the team effort of USD staff members from athletics and the campus, the university was able to produce a facility that provides an atmosphere ideal for watching baseball.
In 2013 the Toreros more than doubled their average attendance with 21 of the 33 home games being played under the lights for the first time in program history.