Populous-Designed Fowler Park at University of San Diego to Open Feb. 15
(Feb. 6, 2013) – The University of San Diego’s Division I men’s baseball team, the Toreros, will hold their inaugural game at the new Fowler Park on Feb. 15. The Populous-renovated ballpark will seat 1,700, with the ability to expand to 3,000 for NCAA playoff events.
“Fowler Park is an important addition to the University of San Diego’s athletic facilities and will further elevate the Torero’s men’s baseball program, aid in recruiting efforts and provide players and fans alike with a world-class experience,” said Pat Tangen, a Principal at Populous and Project Manager for Fowler Park. “The ballpark was designed with these goals in mind and incorporates renovations that position the team and the university for continued success.”
The $13.8 million stadium renovation included creating an iconic entry plaza in the 16th Century Spanish Renaissance style that connects the ballpark with the existing architecture on campus. Populous created five levels at the ballpark to incorporate necessary programmatic elements – an entry level with plaza space, a suite and press level, the main concourse, the Torero Zone and the team clubhouse. The updated venue also includes a renovated playing field, new home and visitor dugouts and renovated batting and practice tunnels. In addition, Fowler Park will debut a new, 6,800 square foot team clubhouse that includes reception, coaches offices, a player locker room, equipment room, lounge space and a training room, providing major league amenities to Torero players.
“Fowler Park brings a premium college baseball venue to San Diego for the first time, which is an integral step for the university in our continued quest for athletic excellence,” said Ky Snyder, Executive Director of Athletics at the University of San Diego. “This ballpark is something that everyone involved can be proud of and is sure to be one of the premier facilities in college baseball for years to come.”
With offices around the world, Populous is a global architecture firm that specializes in arenas, stadiums, ballparks and convention centers. The firm has completed work for more than 130 colleges and universities on projects including football stadiums, arenas, ballparks, training facilities and athletic master plans.
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