Turchin Stadium Quick Facts
Dedicated: March 11, 1991
(Tulane 11, Notre Dame 4)
Re-Opened: February 22, 2008
(Tulane 6, UIC 0)
Surface: AstroPlay Field Turf
The crown jewel of Tulane University's athletic facilities, Greer Field at Turchin Stadium will serve as home for the Green Wave baseball team.
The brand new, state-of-the-art facility opened in 2008 and was built for a cost of $10.5 million and is named in honor of Philip Greer and Robert and Lillian Turchin - the namesake of the old Turchin Stadium.
A pro-style stadium with a capacity of 5,000, Greer Field at Turchin Stadium features a grandstand design of structural steel, which increases the number of chair-back seats from 900 to over 2,700. In addition the facility also features private suites, an open-air club suite, a partially covered seating area and a new press box. The Green Wave's facility also features a different playing surface in FieldTurf - the same surface used by several Major League Baseball and NFL stadiums. The FieldTurf replaces the natural-grass surface that the old Turchin Stadium had since its opening in 1991. The entire field, with the exclusion of the pitcher's mound, is FieldTurf, which all but eliminates the possibility of inclement weather making the field unplayable.
Four private suites flank the breezeway on the first- base line and include air-conditioned kitchenette and restroom facilities. Suites are sold on multi-year leases and are accessible via elevator, which also provides access to the press box. For the first time, the press box includes individual broadcast booths, Ethernet capability and expanded space for the print media. An updated sound system, a new padded outfield wall, concession stands, restrooms and an expanded merchandise sales area make the facility one of the finest in the nation.The lighting system, the line-score portion of the scoreboard and the Theresa Sofio Hitting Facility are the lone holdovers from the old Turchin Stadium, and nearly every other area of the stadium has been replaced as part of the construction.
The exterior of the stadium is more fan-friendly, as well, as the fans enter the stadium via Goldring Plaza.
The Plaza features commemorative bricks purchased in a fundraising drive by Tulane's die-hard fans. Inside, a new video board was installed above the scoreboard in left field, which will allow Green Wave fans to enjoy video clips, in-game replays and updated statistics of the teams playing that day. Along with the esthetics of Goldring Plaza, the corridors of Greer Field at Turchin Stadium feature oversized images of some of the Green Wave’s most memorable moments on the diamond.
The Mickey Retif Memorial Clubhouse, located on the second floor of the James W. Wilson, Jr. Center, also underwent a complete overhaul and now features 40 wooden lockers, nine flat-screen television sets, DVD and VCR players, and a CD/Stereo system. The clubhouse also features a keypad entry system that gives the student-athletes unlimited access, a player’s lounge, shower facilities and a locker room for the coaching staff.
Since moving to its current location for the 1991 season, Tulane's home field has been a true advantage as the Green Wave sports a .750 winning percentage in games played within its friendly confines. The old Turchin Stadium has played host to the 1992 Metro Conference Tournament and the 1997 and 2003 C-USA Tournaments as well as the 2001 and 2005 NCAA New Orleans Regionals and the 2005 NCAA New Orleans Super Regional.
Home-field advantage came into play in all six tournaments with the Green Wave winning the 1992 league championship and all three NCAA events while advancing to the semifinals in 1997 and the finals in 2003.
The Green Wave baseball team has played in the current vicinity for more than 40 years. The ballpark was originally named Tulane Diamond and was located about 100 feet south of its current location,
Up until 1985, the dimensions were 347 and 353 to the power alleys in left and right field, respectively. The new park measures 325 down the lines, 370 to the power alleys and 400 feet to straightaway center. The old outfield wall will be replaced with a new padded wall to help ensure the safety and well being of both the home and visiting teams' student-athletes.
Lights were originally added in 1991 with eight banks of between 22 and 30 lights illuminating Turchin Stadium. Also new to the stadium in 1991 was the addition of permanent seating, a luxury box, a press box and a state-of-the-art computerized scoreboard.
2001 New Orleans Regional
2005 New Orleans Regional