South Carolina’s baseball stadium was recently named the best in the country. Chad Holbrook and the USC administration are committed to keeping Founders Park at the top of the list.
Holbrook told The State some improvements are expected for Founders Park over the next 12 months. He said the Gamecocks cannot afford to stand pat as other programs build new stadiums and improve their current ones.
“There’s a lot of great facilities in this league, and a lot of universities in the SEC are very committed to baseball,” Holbrook said. “You’re seeing these great facilities get better, and we’re looking to make ours better.”
Holbrook was unable to release details but said USC is looking to make changes that would be beneficial for everyone attending games.
South Carolina signed a 10-year naming rights agreement with Founders Federal Credit Union in October for $7 million. Holbrook said then that the Gamecocks would consider using part of the money for stadium expansion and would also look to improve other areas of the USC baseball program.
“We’re going to continue to try to make this place very accommodating for our players, media, fans. There are a lot of things on the table that we’re considering doing,” he said this week. “We want it to be the best facility in the country. We’re going to continue to tweak it here and there to ensure that that’s the case.”
Top college baseball stadiums
As rated by stadiumjourney.com
1. Founders Park
Some places just do college baseball better. Before you walk through the gates and are greeted by two national championship trophies, you’ll be greeted by tailgaters, boiled peanuts and general excitement.
2. Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field
3. Russ Chandler Stadium
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
4. Dudy Noble Field
Mississippi State Bulldogs
5. Liberty Baseball Stadium
6. Baum Stadium at George Cole Field
7. Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium
8. UFCU Disch-Falk Field
9. Doug Kingsmore Stadium
10. Haymarket Park