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A Review of Packard Stadium (Stadium Journey, by Jason Bartel)

Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark, home of Arizona State baseball since 1974, is one of the nation's most beautiful collegiate ballparks.  Known for its wonderful aesthetic features, the outfield wall is lined with palm trees, and just beyond the right-field fence is the award-winning Karsten Golf Course.  In left field, sparkling Tempe Town Lake and the Tempe construction boom is visible.  In the distance, the Superstition Mountains offer a picturesque backdrop.  But for every bit of beauty that envelops the facility, there is an equal dose of tradition. 

The facility is the home of two national championship teams and 14 NCAA regional tournaments. Arizona State's all-time record at Packard is 894-257-1, for a winning percentage of .776.   Last season, ASU was 26-6 at home and over the last five seasons, ASU has won over 80% of its games at home. 

Dimensions of Packard are 338 feet down the lines, 368 feet in the power alleys and 395 to straightaway center. The fence is 10 feet high. Located five feet beyond the center-field wall is the "Green Monster," a 30-foot-high batting eye. Only 18 players have ever hit a home run over the Monster. 

With a capacity of over 4,000, Packard has more than 3,000 permanent seats in the main grandstand.  Field-level box seats are also available behind home plate. The remaining seats are located on popular grass berms, which run down the first-base and third-base line.  Berm seating offers outstanding views of the game and provides fans with a different way to watch and enjoy the game. 

The Packard Stadium press box, situated atop the grandstand directly behind home plate, includes booths for television and radio coverage, as well as ample space for print media.  Improve­ments were made to the press facility over the last four years, when statistic monitors were added to the radio booths, high speed internet was installed and live stats were produced over the Internet from the press box.  

In 1995, the Sports Turf Manager Association awarded groundskeeper Brian Johnson and Packard Stadium Field of the Year honors.  In addition, a 2003 coaches survey published in Baseball America ranked ASU's baseball facilities among the Top 15 in the nation. 

Over the years Packard has received numerous upgrades, including a practice infield (1997) and indoor hitting facility (1998).  The practice infield was donated by the Arizona Diamondbacks and offers a full size infield that is used for various defensive, bunting and baserunning drills.  The 6,000 square foot hitting facility was provided by a private donation and includes 5 batting cages and a separate area for speed and movement exercises.  A new Daktronics scoreboard was installed in left-center field in 1999 and is fully equipped for graphics, animation and messages on its matrix board.  

Just before the 2003 season, ASU installed a brand new playing surface featuring major league quality drainage and irrigation systems.  The playing surface consists of tiff green grass in the infield and Bermuda grass in the outfield. The dirt portion of the infield is crushed red brick, which can be found at many major league stadiums.  The playing surface is annually referred to as one of the nation's best. 

A new players' facility, opened in August 2004, includes a clubhouse and a state-of-the-art sports medicine facility.  The clubhouse also includes a video room, study area and meeting room.

They installed chair-back seating throughout the grandstands of Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark and increased alumni tributes located throughout the ballpark.  Among some of the honored jerseys pictured on the outfield wall include Reggie Jackson, Barry Bonds, and Jim Brock.

Packard's existence was made possible through a gift to Arizona State University from Guthrie and Peter Packard. Both are alumni of ASU, and the stadium is a tribute to their late father, William Guthrie Packard, a prominent member of the publishing industry for many years. Mr. Packard served the Shephard Company for 51 years, rising from sales representative to President and Chairman of the Board. He was also active in various community and church affairs in Colorado and Arizona.

 

 

 

 

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