Red McEwen Field
"The Red"
Former namesUSF Baseball Field (1967-1977)
LocationTampa, FL
Coordinates28°03′34″N 82°24′17″W / 28.059391°N 82.404751°W / 28.059391; -82.404751Coordinates: 28°03′34″N 82°24′17″W / 28.059391°N 82.404751°W / 28.059391; -82.404751
OwnerUniversity of South Florida
Capacity2,500
Field size340 ft. (lines), 340 ft. (gaps), 400 ft. (CF)
Construction
Built1967
Expanded1976, 1982, 1997
ClosedMay 2010
DemolishedJune 2010
Tenants
USF Bulls (NCAA) (1967–2010)
Tampa Yankees (FSL) (1994–1995)

Red McEwen Field was a baseball venue located on the campus of the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, United States. It opened in 1967 and had a capacity of about 2,500. "The Red" was home to the South Florida Bulls baseball team from 1967 to 2010.[1] Besides hosting USF baseball for over 40 years, Red McEwen Field was the temporary home of the Class-A minor league Tampa Yankees, who played their first two seasons there in 1994 and 1995 while their permanent home at Legends Field was under construction.[2]

Red McEwan Field was demolished after the Bulls' 2010 baseball season and the new USF Baseball Stadium was built at the same location in time for their 2011 season.[3]

History

The field was built in 1967, after the Bulls played their first season of baseball (1966) at Al Lopez Field. South Florida lost their first game at the facility 8-6 to Rollins College on March 4, 1967. On March 18, 1967, the Bulls recorded their first win at the field, a 7-3 victory against St. Andrews College.[1]

The ballpark was known as simply the "USF Baseball Field" until March 30, 1977, when it was renamed in honor of James M. "Red" McEwen, who was an early booster of the university's athletic program and the brother of Tampa Tribune sports editor Tom McEwen.

A decade after its 1967 construction, a lighting system donated by New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner was installed, along with new seating. The field's first night game was played on February 25, 1977, a victory against the University of Tampa. New concessions and restrooms were built in 1982, and a press box followed in 1983. In 1997, a new lighting system was installed.[1]

On March 26, 2010, Bulls pitcher Randy Fontanez threw a no-hitter at the field.[4]

The Bulls played their final game at McEwen Field on May 16, 2010, losing to the UConn Huskies 10-3.[5] Former USF players and coaches participated in a pregame ceremony honoring the field.[4]

Following the 2010 season, Red McEwen Field was demolished and construction began on a new baseball stadium complex. The new facility, USF Baseball Stadium, stands on the same site as McEwen Field, though its alignment was changed to accommodate a concourse area.[3]

References

  1. ^ a b c Red McEwen Field at gousfbulls.com, URL accessed December 21, 2009. Archived 12/21/09
  2. ^ Red McEwen Field at ballparkreviews.com, URL accessed December 21, 2009. Archived 12/12/09
  3. ^ a b Brian Foley (December 4, 2009). "South Florida Set for New Stadium". College Baseball Daily. Archived from the original on 2011-03-20. Retrieved March 20, 2011.
  4. ^ a b Scott Carter (May 13, 2010). ""The Red" Had Its Moments for USF Baseball". The Tampa Tribune. Archived from the original on 2011-03-20. Retrieved March 20, 2011.
  5. ^ USF Sports Information (May 16, 2010). "Bulls Fall in Finale at Red McEwen Field". gousfbbulls.com. Archived from the original on 2012-03-14. Retrieved March 20, 2011.