Sewell-Thomas Baseball Stadium

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Sewell-Thomas Stadium

Year Opened 1948
Seating Capacity 6,571
Dimensions LF: 325; LC: 365; CF: 400; RC: 365; RF: 325
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 has undergone two major renovations in 1996 and again in 2001. A video board was added in 2007.

The most recent additions came during the 2010 season as the Crimson Tide clubhouse, meetings rooms, coaches locker rooms and team room were completely renovated, giving Alabama one of the finest clubhouses in college baseball. In addition to the expanded clubhouse, meeting rooms and team rooms, the hallways and walls are lined with murals, depicting the deep history of Crimson Tide baseball.

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)

Recent Additions
Further project renovations included extending the grandstand down the right-field line and the addition of 2,000 seats, which brought the seating capacity to 6,571. Two "hawker" stands were added for concession sales in the grandstand, as well as an elevator to the press box. Ticket booths, restrooms and concession stands on the main level were also included. The most recent expansion included the addition of three indoor batting cages, pitching machines, a meeting room, a training room, an equipment room and coaches' offices.

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 last 13 years. 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
Totals 703 2,540,203 3,613

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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