Sewell-Thomas Baseball Stadium

   
Year Opened 1948
Seating Capacity 8,500 (including Right Field Terrace seating)
Dimensions LF: 325; LC: 365; CF: 395; RC: 365; RF: 320
First Game March 26, 1948 (Alabama 5, Bradley 2)
Largest Crowd 6,821 vs. Mississippi State (Saturday, April 1, 2006)

Sewell-Thomas Stadium is the home field of the University of Alabama baseball team. The stadium opened as Thomas Field on March 26, 1948, in honor of former Tide head coach Frank Thomas. The stadium originally had a seating capacity of 2,000.

In 1978, the stadium was renamed Sewell-Thomas Stadium, adding the name of former UA baseball standout and head coach Joe Sewell, who spent 14 years with the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees during his Hall of Fame baseball career. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in 1977. He is also a member of the College Baseball Foundation Hall of Fame and Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.

Currently referred to by many as "The Joe", Sewell-Thomas Stadium has been the home of Alabama's baseball team for 62 years, but has undergone many changes. The complex underwent two major renovations in 1996 and again in 2001 with a video board being added in 2007. The stadium went another set of renovations during the 2010 season as the Crimson Tide’s clubhouse, meetings rooms, coaches locker rooms and team room were completely renovated. In addition to the expanded clubhouse, meeting rooms and team rooms, the hallways and walls were lined with murals, depicting the deep history of Crimson Tide baseball.

Alabama spent the 2015 season away from Sewell-Thomas Stadium as the ballpark underwent its largest construction project to date. A full renovation of The Joe created what is now a brand new stadium for the Crimson Tide baseball program. The New Joe and all its features can be seen in-depth with the link above. The park is scheduled to officially open for the 2016 Alabama baseball season.

Milestone Wins
   
1 Alabama 5, Bradley 2 (March 27, 1948)
100 Alabama 20, Virginia Tech 5 (March 23, 1961)
200 Alabama 4, LSU 0 (May 9, 1970)
300 Alabama 5, Mississippi 4 (April 5, 1975)
400 Alabama 5, Mercer 0 (March 24, 1981)
500 Alabama 14, Ferris State 13 (March 4, 1986)
600 Alabama 8, Illinois State 7 (March 3, 1991)
700 Alabama 7, Arkansas 4 (May 7, 1995)
800 Alabama 6, Austin Peay 2 (March 2, 1999)
900 Alabama 4, Florida 1 (April 5, 2002)
1,000 Alabama 9, Mississippi 2 (March 26, 2006)
1,100 Alabama 7, Jacksonville State 3 (March 30, 2010)
1,150 Alabama 8, Mississippi State 7 (May 6, 2012)
Attendance Record

A Sewell-Thomas Stadium record crowd of 6,821 fans squeezed into the stadium to watch 16th-ranked Alabama defeated No. 1-ranked Mississippi State, 5-4, on Saturday, April 1, 2006, in the middle game of a three-game series in which the Crimson Tide took two games of a three-game series with the Bulldogs.

Impressive Attendance

Alabama has ranked in the top 10 nationally in attendance in 12 of the 13 years prior to the latest renovation project that moved the Crimson Tide away from Sewell-Thomas in 2015. The Crimson Tide was ninth in attendance in 2010 and has ranked among the nation's top-5 teams in average home attendance over the years, including second-place finishes in 2000, 2001 and 2002.

Year-By-Year Attendance
Year Games Attendance Average
1991 11 7,091 645
1992 32 18,251 570
1993 26 10,805 416
1994 25 13,310 532
1995 30 24,668 822
1996 36 80,363 2,232
1997 39 103,177 2,646
1998 33 120,331 3,646
1999 41 172,264 4,202
2000 34 211,331 6,216
2001 35 196,935 5,626
2002 39 202,615 5,195
2003 33 163,549 4,956
2004 33 150,724 4,567
2005 35 145,686 4,162
2006 39 177,690 4,556
2007 34 152,363 4,481
2008 28 124,740 4,455
2009 29 116,294 4,010
2010 27 111,940 4,145
2011 33 128,854 3,904
2012 31 107,222 3,458
2013 31 101,137 3,262
2014 32 116,578 3,643
Totals 769 2,762,956 3,593
Postseason History

Sewell-Thomas Stadium has hosted six NCAA Regional Tournaments and six SEC playoff series. The Tide used the home-field advantage in winning 13 straight post-season home games, securing a berth in the College World Series in 1996, 1997 and 1999.

Directions to the Facility

From Interstate 20/59 take Exit 73 on Highway 82 East (McFarland Boulevard). Continue on to the University Blvd. exit and turn right on to University Blvd. Continue on University Blvd. and immediately get in the left lane on to Paul W. Bryant Drive. Go past DCH Hospital on the left and into the University of Alabama campus. Sewell-Thomas Stadium is located on the left immediately before the main entrance to the Alabama Athletics Complex and directly across the street from the Bryant Museum. The street address of Sewell-Thomas Stadium is 241 Paul W. Bryant Drive in Tuscaloosa, AL, 35487.

     
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