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Bryson Field at Boshamer Stadium is a baseball stadium in Chapel Hill, North Carolinamarker. It is the home of the North Carolina Tar Heels baseball team.

History

The previous home of the Tar Heels had been a multi-use venue called Emerson Field, which sat some 2,400 people. The combination baseball/football field was opened in 1916 and had been named for a university benefactor best known as the inventor of Bromo-Seltzer. The football team left Emerson when they opened Kenan Memorial Stadiummarker in 1927. Emerson would continue as the home of the baseball team for another 45 seasons. Its site is now occupied by Davis Library.

Bryson Field at Boshamer Stadium opened in 1972. It was named for textile industrialist Cary C. Boshamer and the family of benefactor and former first baseman Vaughn Bryson.

The Tar Heels' on-field success during the mid-2000s coincided with the decision to replace the 35-year-old facility. Following the 2007 season, the stadium was demolished and rebuilt. The Tar Heels played their 2008 season at USA Baseball National Training Complexmarker in nearby Cary, North Carolinamarker.

The entrance courtyard of the rebuilt stadium is named for the Steinbrenner family, as the result of a $1 million donation by New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, whose daughter graduated from UNC.

Dimensions

The field dimensions are as follows:

  • Left Field: 335 ft (102.1 m)
  • Left Center Field: 370 ft (112.8 m)
  • Center Field: 400 ft (121.9 m)
  • Right Center Field: 355 ft (108.2 m)
  • Right Field: 340 ft (103.6 m)


The asymmetry of the field is partly the result of an inward bulge in the fence in right center.

Photos

File:BoshamerSteinbrenner.JPG|Entrance courtyard.File:BoshamerRF.jpg|The right field bulge.File:UNCbaseball.JPG|Game action against University of Maryland, College Parkmarker on April 25, 2009.

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