J.O. Christian Field (Stadium Road, Storrs campus)
The University of Connecticut baseball team plays its home games at J.O. Christian Field, one of the finest collegiate baseball facilities in the region.
Named for the longtime baseball coach (1936-61) and athletic director (1950-66), J. Orlean Christian, the field’s dimensions, changed for 2008, are currently 337’ down the left field line, 400’ to straight-away centerfield and 325’ down the line in right field. Regrading, resurfacing and irrigation of the outfield was completed in the fall of 2001.
The infield at J.O. Christian Field is made of Crimson Stone. A new drainage system with electric pumps was installed in 1999. In addition, padded fencing completely surrounds the field and within the perimeter, a crushed stone warning track. There is also a tarpaulin for rain protection.
J.O. Christian Field features permanent bleacher seating behind home plate and along the first and third base lines. Crowds at J.O. Christian Field have been in excess of 2,000 fans.
The spring of 1997 saw the opening of the University of Connecticut Batting/Pitching Facility. The 40-foot by 80-foot indoor pitching and batting facility is located adjacent to J.O. Christian Field. The building, heated, well-lighted and available for year-round use by Husky players, provides two pitching and batting tunnels with ample space for working and coaching.
J.O. Christian Field also features a fully electronic scoreboard in right field. A permanent press box along with new and extended bleacher seating were added to the facility before the 1993 season.