Dan Law Field Gets a Much Needed Facelift
When hearing that Dan Law Field, where the Red Raider baseball team plays, was getting renovated, the song "At Last" came to mind. Other baseball fields in the Big 12 have been renovated or are brand new, so the renovation to the Law is long overdue.
The $5 million renovation will add a lot of things to make "The Law" one of the best on campus facilities in the country. Surprisingly enough, all the funding came completely from private donations.
The current suites and press box, which can be described as metal sheds, will be removed and 10 new luxury suites , each sitting 12, will be added. Those will go along with a new club level with outdoor seating for 75 fans, and a new press box will be added with complete radio and T.V. areas. I hope they don't forget the air conditioning, because in the hot West Texas sun, those areas are like sweat boxes. Plus there have been times when the wind really blows and you could feel that old press box just rock back and forth.
Speaking of the hot sun, a new shading structure will cover the center portion of the grandstand. It will cover the 1,154 individual chair-back seats being installed.
Fans are going to be closer to the action. Five additional rows will be added right behind home plate and fans will be sitting just 30 inches from the field. Currently they are seven feet above the playing surface.
Now, here's what I like. A new state of the art tensioned back-stop netting system will be installed. Being the p.a. announcer, I, along with fans, had to tilt our heads to see around the poles in the current backstop. I would like to be the first to pull the current back stop down.
The entrance to Dan Law Field will feature new iron gates, and a seating area with a brick inlaid Double T.
The fans are going to love it and it will be great for recruiting. A place all Red Raider baseball fans will be proud of.