FAYETTEVILLE – Rivals.com has named Baum Stadium its favorite collegiate baseball facility in the country this week in its online magazine.
Baum was the top facility mentioned in a list that includes parks from Rice, Nebraska, Florida St., Mississippi St., Texas, Baylor, Ole Miss, Auburn and Penn St. Rivals.com pointed toward not just the facility itself, but the atmosphere that goes along with Baum as well as Arkansas’ incredible fan base that supports the Razorbacks rain or shine.
The online site called Baum Stadium “the palace of college baseball stadiums” and mentioned that many schools who are building stadiums are attempting to catch Arkansas’ gem which was built in 1994 and has been renovated several times since its initial construction.
Baum Stadium is currently configured to hold more than 10,000 fans and has played host to four NCAA Regional Tournaments and a NCAA Super Regional. While Arkansas does not hold the record for most fans at a single event, that honor goes to Mississippi St. with 14,991, the Razorbacks did pack 10,581 into Baum for a single game during the 2007 season and have four games on the books where more than 10,000 fans were in attendance and 13 with more than 9,000.
Rivals.com currently has a poll on its site where registered members can vote on their favorite stadium. Early polling has Baum Stadium with a resounding 48.61% of the vote with Florida State’s Dick Howser Park coming in distant second with 16.67%.
The Razorbacks concluded fall practices earlier this month and are prepared to take the field to start the 2009 season on Feb. 20, when they host Washington St. at America’s top collegiate facility. For more information regarding Razorback baseball or University of Arkansas athletics please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.