Opening its gates in 2002, Cicerone Field at Anteater Ballpark, which arguably rates as one of the top collegiate baseball facilities on the West Coast, is home to the UC Irvine baseball team.
Anteater Ballpark’s most notable features include chair back seating and a festive-seating area on the grass berm. Affectionately dubbed “The Anthill”, this large inviting expanse provides an enjoyable fan experience for all ages. Additional features include a 52-foot LED scoreboard, and a press box to accommodate both writers and broadcasters covering the nationally-ranked Anteaters through live radio (KUCI 88.9FM), online streaming, and national telecasts.
Cicerone Field, named for Ralph J. Cicerone (UC Irvine’s Chancellor from 1998-2005) is comprised of GN-1 bermuda grass with the field dimensioning at 335’ down the foul poles, 380’ in the power alleys, and 405’ dead center; likewise, the big league feel of the park is enhanced twelve foot fence. Along the perimeter of the fences sits the Musco television quality stadium flood lights, 2000 sq ft dugouts, bullpens, and the spacious fully enclosed Mazzo Family batting cages.
Completed in 2007, Newkirk Pavilion, includes a player lounge and locker rooms, coaches’ offices and locker rooms, training and laundry facilities, and a multipurpose preferred viewing suite called the Anteater Room. The Anteater Room offers the University’s most prestigious donors a spectacular view of the field and is perfect for game-day hospitality, as well as any group event.
Completed in 2012, the Crain Family Umpires' Locker Room facility provides a convenient space for the games officials to congregate before and after the game. Located within the Newkirk Pavilion, this room includes a shower, lockers, changing space and restroom facilities for those in "blue".
Guest amenities at the ballpark are equally impressive and encourage spectators to spend less time waiting and more time watching their beloved Anteaters with an improved concession pavilion, restrooms, and merchandise booth.
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