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Pitt Field
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Release:07/20/2011
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When the University of Richmond entered the Atlantic 10 Conference it brought one of the nation's finest baseball facilities. Pitt Field, located on the campus of the University of Richmond, offers players and fans a unique and enjoyable setting for America's pastime.

One of the most pristine diamonds in collegiate baseball sits in a quaint ballpark surrounded by large trees. The field sits on a hill overlooking Westhampton Lake, the most scenic part of the Richmond campus.

While a the University is developing plans for a complete renovation of Pitt Field to include new permanent seating, press box, concessions, restrooms and luxury suites, other cosmetic upgrades continue. A new scoreboard and sound system were added prior to the 2008 season. The master plan for Pitt Field also includes a right-field spectator deck.

The Spiders play on an infield of Bermuda grass with red clay and sand baselines. Modern drainage lines under each baseline have made the field easier to care for and help prevent standing water. The warning track in the outfield is covered with granite dust, while the padded eight-foot high outfield wall includes a 40-foot section that stands 10-feet tall in center field.

Pitt Field's left and right field lines measure 328 feet from home plate, while the power alleys are 350 feet. The 10-foot fence in center field is 380 feet from home plate.

Outside the playing field the stadium boasts newly redesigned turf bullpens and batting cages along the third base line, all of which is in future plans to be covered. Large newly built dugouts with storage areas flank the baselines and include fully functioning bathrooms.

Bleachers designed to accommodate 600 spectators and a two-story press box for local and visiting media provide an excellent setting for those who support and provide exposure for the Spiders. Many fans opt to sit on the embankment behind right and right-center field, providing a unique vantage point.

Thanks to those involved with the Spider Baseball Initiative several projects have been completed to update the facility. The outfield fence project as well as the right and left field boundary walls have recently been updated and now showcase rod-iron fencing and brick-capped pillars.

The Spiders also use indoor facilities which include a hitting and pitching training facility in Millhiser Gymnasium, adjacent to the Spider basketball arena, the Robins Center. The facility includes several batting cages, simulated bullpens, warm-up areas and tee-work stations. A Conference Room is also part of the indoor facility and is available for use by any of the team members.

The Spiders also have access to state-of-the-art strength & conditioning facilities in the Robins Center.

The Richmond baseball team has exclusive access to its spacious updated locker room which is second to none. Located in the Robins Center, it is equipped with individual lockers, showers and a video-viewing area. A separate locker room for the Spider coaches is also part of the locker room area.

Directions to Pitt Field

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From the north: 95 South to 64 West (Exit 79). Take Glenside Drive Exit (Exit 183A). At the fourth stoplight, turn left on Three Chopt Road. After approximately a half mile, turn right onto Boatwright Drive. Bear right at the bottom of the hill. The Robins Center and the Soccer/Track Complex are on the immediate left. Pitt Field is located next to the large parking lot adjacent to the Robins Center.

From the south: 95 North to 64 West. Take Glenside Drive Exit (Exit 183A). At the fourth stoplight, turn left on Three Chopt Road. After approximately a half mile, turn right onto Boatwright Drive. Bear right at the bottom of the hill. The Robins Center and the Soccer/Track Complex are on the immediate left. Pitt Field is located next to the large parking lot adjacent to the Robins Center.

From the east: Take 64 West. Take Glenside Drive Exit (Exit 183A). At the fourth stoplight, turn left on Three Chopt Road. After approximately a half mile, turn right onto Boatwright Drive. Bear right at the bottom of the hill. The Robins Center and the Soccer/Track Complex are on the immediate left. Pitt Field is located next to the large parking lot adjacent to the Robins Center.

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