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Located behind the Broyhill Center on the Appalachian State University campus, Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium has been the home of Appalachian State baseball since 2007. Construction on Smith Stadium began in fall of 2006 and was completed in three phases. The Beaver Field playing surface, along with team dugouts and the indoor hitting and pitching facility, were completed in the spring of 2007, allowing the Mountaineers to host 12 games at its new home that season — including a 6-1 victory over Gardner-Webb in the first contest ever played at the facility on April 10, 2007. Smith Stadium’s lights also allowed for night baseball to be played on Appalachian State’s campus for the first time in ‘07.
Prior to the 2008 campaign, the stadium’s 1,000 permanent seats were erected and the Mountaineers played their entire home slate at the ballpark, posting a 13-11 mark at home. The squad capped their first full season at Smith Stadium with wins in eight of their final nine home contests of the season, including a three-game sweep of first-place Furman in May.
Construction wrapped up at the sparkling new baseball palace prior to the 2009 season, giving Appalachian State one of the nation’s finest collegiate baseball facilities for both players and fans. The new digs have proved to provide the Mountaineers with one of the nation’s top home-field advantages, as they are 117-62-1 (.652) all-time at the facility, including a a string of 19-straight wins from March 22, 2009-March 20, 2010 that was the nation’s longest home winning streak until it was snapped nearly a full year after it began. Appalachian was also a stellar 24-2 at home in 2012.
Amenities of the $5 million ballpark include:
• BEAVER FIELD, a state-of-the art FieldTurf playing surface that allows for consistent play the same no matter the weather conditions and for games to be contested following weather that would leave most natural surfaces unplayable.
• BEAVER CLUBHOUSE, which features:
• a roomy players locker area with lockers and showers for 35 players, two televisions and state-of-the art surround sound system.
• coaches offices and locker room, each of which also include televisions.
• a full-service training room, complete with hydro-therapy station and television.
• the Tomikaze Lounge, named in honor of former Mountaineer Tom Prosser, which includes leather furniture and flat-screen television for players and guests.
• DON AND PAT PHILLIPS INDOOR HITTING AND PITCHING FACILITY, which recently underwent a full renovation and includes two batting cages and pitcher’s mounds, multiple individual hitting and pitching skills stations and video analysis equipment to allow for year-round training.
• CHAIRBACK SEATING FOR 827 INSTALLED PRIOR TO THE 2015 SEASON, which added to the fan experience by eliminating bleachers in Smith Stadium’s permanent seating areas. Grass seating can accommodate hundreds more fans down the right-field line.
• PRESS BOX, CONCESSIONS AND SOUVENIRS BUILDING that also doubles as a grand entrance to the stadium complex from the parking level.
• DAKTRONICS SCOREBOARD AND MESSAGE CENTER AND STATE-OF-THE-ART CRESTRON SOUND SYSTEM to keep players and fans informed and entertained before, during and after the game.