Appalachian State University

Appalachian State University Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium

Boone, NC

Benesch worked with the ASU Athletic Department on the development of a new varsity baseball field for Division One NCAA play. The project included development of a 400’ synthetic surface playing field, with enclosed dugouts, and seating for 800 spectators. The basball field playing surface is 100% synthetic turf, including the infield. The field has an invisible backstop system. Support facilities included a field house with locker rooms, team rooms, coaches’ offices, public restrooms, and concession areas. Amenities included a gated entry way, pedestrian plaza, and landscaping. An aggressive construction schedule during the winter months in Boone presented the design team with a number of challenges. Benesch worked with the University to creatively phase the project to meet schedule and to minimize disruptions to the baseball team.

Professional services included construction documents, bidding, and construction administration. An architectural subconsultant designed the pressbox, restroom, concession, covered dugouts, and fieldhouse. An electrical engineering subconsultant designed the sports field lighting system.

Project highlights

  • Aggressive winter construction schedule
  • Organization of field and support spaces on a steep site without retaining walls