Doak Field

Coordinates: 35°47′14″N 78°40′46″W / 35.78722°N 78.67944°W / 35.78722; -78.67944
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Doak Field
The Doak
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Full nameDoak Field at Dail Park
LocationRaleigh, North Carolina
Coordinates35°47′14″N 78°40′46″W / 35.78722°N 78.67944°W / 35.78722; -78.67944
OwnerNorth Carolina State University
OperatorNorth Carolina State University
Capacity3,000 (2,500 chairback seats)
Field sizeLeft Field – 320 ft (98 m)
Center Field – 400 ft (120 m)
Right Field – 330 ft (100 m)
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Opened1966
Renovated2004
Tenants
North Carolina State University (NCAA baseball)
ACC Tournament, 1974, 1980
Raleigh RedWolves (CPL) 1997

Doak Field (or The Doak) is a baseball venue in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. It opened in 1966 and is home to the North Carolina State University Wolfpack college baseball team of the NCAA's Division I Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).[1] It is named for Charles Doak, who was the head coach of the NC State baseball team from 1924 to 1939.[2] The stadium is located on NC State's West Campus, behind Lee and Sullivan residence halls.[3] The diamond is in the north/northwest corner of its block, which is bounded by Thurman Drive (third base, north/northeast); Dail Park and the residence halls (left field, east/southeast); Sullivan Drive (right field, south/southwest); and Varsity Drive (first base, west/northwest). Its seating capacity is 2,500 spectators, with an overflow capacity of 3,000. The largest crowd at Doak Field since its 2004 renovation was 3,109 on April 28, 2007, in a series finale between NC State and its rival UNC.[4] Doak Field hosted the Atlantic Coast Conference baseball tournament in both 1974 and in 1980. NC State won the championship in 1974, while Clemson won in 1980.[5]

Prior to 1966, the Wolfpack played their home games at Riddick Stadium, which was primarily a football facility.[6]

Doak Field at Dail Park

In 1997, Doak Field hosted the Raleigh RedWolves, a collegiate summer baseball team of the Coastal Plain League.[7]

In May 2004, the stadium underwent a $6 million renovation which included leveling the playing field, a new drainage system, new grandstands, a new press box, and new concessions and bathroom facilities.[5]

Since the renovation was completed in 2004, the dimensions at Doak Field are asymmetrical at 320 feet down the left-field line, 370 feet to the left-field power alley, 400 feet to straightaway center field, 375 feet to the right-field power alley, and 330 down the right-field line. The wall from the left-field line to deep left-center field is 16 feet high, then drops to eight feet high all the rest of the way around to right field.[8]

In 2013, the Wolfpack ranked 33rd among Division I baseball programs in attendance, averaging 1,994 per home game.[9] In 2014, the Wolfpack ranked 45th in attendance, averaging 1,344 per home game.[10]

The student section of the grandstands along the third base line is known as Avent's Army. It is named for NC State baseball coach Elliott Avent.[11]

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  1. ^ Reichard, Kevin (March 10, 2009). "Doak Field at Dail Park". Ballpark Digest. August Publications. Retrieved August 19, 2011.
  2. ^ "2012 NC State Baseball Yearbook". PackYearbooks.com. NC State Sports Information. Archived from the original on October 8, 2013. Retrieved July 2, 2012.
  3. ^ "Central Campus Precinct Map". NCSU. Retrieved August 19, 2011.
  4. ^ "North Carolina Rides Six-Run Eighth Inning To 9–3 Win Over NC State". GoPack.com. NC State University Athletics. April 28, 2007. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Doak Field at Dail Park". GoPack.com. NC State University Athletics. Archived from the original on May 18, 2012. Retrieved August 19, 2011.
  6. ^ "Riddick Stadium". NCSU.edu. Archived from the original on July 2, 2012. Retrieved June 2, 2012.
  7. ^ "Raleigh RedWolves Roster". CoastalPlain.com. Coastal Plain League. Archived from the original on January 9, 1998. Retrieved December 29, 2022. Home Field: Doak Field
  8. ^ "Doak Field". projects.ncsu.edu. Retrieved August 12, 2018.
  9. ^ Cutler, Tami (June 11, 2013). "2013 Division I Baseball Attendance – Final Report" (PDF). Sportswriters.net. NCBWA. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 28, 2014. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
  10. ^ "2014 Division I Baseball Attendance" (PDF). sportswriters.net. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  11. ^ "Sign Up for Avent's Army". GoPack.com. NC State University Athletics. Archived from the original on November 12, 2013. Retrieved August 16, 2011.

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