Medlar Field at Lurbano Park – The Pennsylvania State University
State College, PA
Medlar Field, located on the University Park campus of Penn State, designers were challenged with a number of goals when developing a dual-use ballpark for Penn State University and a minor league team from the New York-Penn League. The ballpark’s natural surroundings, including the well-loved Nittany Mountains, neighboring Beaver Stadium and overall player and fan experiences each guided its design. L.R. Kimball teamed with the DLR Group to design the project.
Built directly across the street from Beaver Stadium, the 5,500-seat, 152,194 SF ballpark faces away from the stadium and offers views of Mount Nittany, one of State College’s most prominent natural landmarks, from nearly every seat in the park. Its proximity to Beaver Stadium provides added restroom and entertainment capacity for football fans during Penn State football games.
The stadium offers a variety of seating types including 3,500 chair-back seats, bleacher seating for 1,000 and an outfield berm seating area for an additional 1,500 fans. A picnic area, team store, eight suites and two party suites are available to Nittany Lions and State College Spikes fans. A natural grass playing field and indoor batting cages are available to the players.
The stadium also honors their major league in state family member the Pittsburgh Pirates by making the fields dimensions mirror PNC Park. The one difference is in right field where the wall is 18.55 feet high instead of 21 feet to commemorate the year Penn State was founded.
In addition to baseball games, the ballpark hosts concerts and other events. The project is LEED® V2.1 certified. The ballpark was named a 2006 Project of the Year in the area of sports by Mid-Atlantic Construction.
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