| Quick Facts
| as of February 19, 2014
|| Samford Stadium
|| Hitchcock Field at Plainsman Park
| Field Type
|| Natural Grass
| Total Games
|| 1,050-440 (.698)
| Ticket Info
|| Auburn Baseball Tickets
Auburn's baseball home for the past 62 seasons, Samford Stadium-Hitchcock Field at Plainsman Park seats 4,096, including 3,227 chairback seats.
In addition, state-of-the-art concessions, restrooms, scoreboard, ticket and press facilities have transformed Auburn's baseball field into a renaissance of Camden Yard proportions after receiving a $4.2 million facelift 15 years ago.
The design combines the look of old-time ballparks with academic buildings on the Auburn campus to create a facade of brick and painted steel.
Inside, the park offers the brick backstop of Wrigley Field, the dark green chairback seats of Camden Yards and the Green Monster of Fenway Park.
The intimacy of the park extends to the position of the spectators. The front row box seats are located close to the infield action, just four feet off the ground and only 40 feet from the first and third base bags. The backstop is just 60 feet from home plate.
Down the left field line perched above the box seats, a terraced area allows for another 750 fans to enjoy Auburn baseball.
Besides the playing field and grand stands, the structure also houses the Tigers' clubhouse, which features a locker room, training and equipment areas, an indoor hitting tunnel, a team lounge area, coaches' offices and umpire dressing room.
The site of Southeastern Conference baseball excitement since 1950, Plainsman Park was voted the best collegiate baseball facility in the country by Baseball America prior to the 2003 season.
The commitment to excellence of Auburn's baseball program is evident by the continuing efforts to keep Plainsman Park on the forefront of college baseball. Those efforts have included three additions and numerous upgrades to the facility since its initial renovations in 1996.
Beginning in 2010, the outfield wall was padded and represents a Wall of Fame for Auburn baseball, recognizing former greats of the program. The first class of inductees included Bo Jackson, Gregg Olson, Frank Thomas and Tim Hudson on February 27, 2010.
Prior to the 2009 season, the Right View Pro video analysis system was installed, which strategically placed six cameras around the diamond. The cameras digitally record practices and games, allowing the coaches instant access to a hitter's swing or a pitcher's motion for coaching, which can be reviewed on flat screen, high definition televisions in each of the coaches' offices.
Also installed for the 2009 season was a new state of the art video board, replacing the previous matrix board, opening up the opportunity for live video and replays to be shown throughout the game. The LED board, which can display up to 4.4 trillion colors, was built by Daktronics and shows up-to-the-second
players stats, full motion headshots, crowd prompts and video.
Other recent facility projects included a new drainage system and playing surface in the Summer of 2003 and the completion of the Strength and Rehabilitation Center adjacent to Plainsman Park in January of 2004.
The Strength and Rehabilitation Center, a two-story, 13,274 square foot facility that houses a weight room for the baseball team on the first floor and a rehabilitation and research center on the second floor, is just yards from the team's clubhouse.
The weight room is unrivaled in collegiate baseball and features nearly 50 pieces of equipment. The facility also has its own locker room.
The second floor houses an X-ray lab, rehabilitation center, physical therapy area, offices for Alabama Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center physicians and a research institute directed by Dr. James Andrews (American Sports Medicine Institute), which serves nationally-acclaimed professional athletes as
well as Auburn's student-athletes. Rehabilitation services are available to the public. Physical therapist Dave Walsh also operates off of the second floor and is dedicated to addressing the needs of Auburn's student-athletes.
In the summer of 2001, construction began on a $2.3 million renovation to Plainsman Park that included the addition of 630 chairback box seats down the right and left field foul lines.
The bullpens, which once existed where the seats down the foul line are now, were relocated during the renovation. Auburn's bullpen is located behind the Green Monster in left field, while the visiting bullpen rests beyond the right-center field fence, next to the K Corner.
Prior the 2002 renovations, Auburn's scoreboard was the last addition to Plainsman Park. The most prominent feature is a old-style, analog clock which sits atop the structure.
Although the grandstand was constructed prior to the 1996 season, one part of the project was already in place for the 1995 season. Auburn installed an outfield wall, which provided a distinct change in the playing dynamics of Plainsman Park.
Instead of the 12-foot cyclone fence which had encircled the field in the past, a dark green, asymmetrically designed wall made of metal is now in place.
The most unique feature of the fence is the 30-foot "Green Monster" in left field, which provides an aesthetically pleasing view to spectators in the grandstand. Rather than the leftfield foul pole being 345 feet from home plate, as in the past, the wall is just 315 feet from the batter.
Beginning at the leftfield power alley and continuing around to the right field foul pole, the top of the wall drops down from 30 to eight feet.
Auburn baseball moved its home to the present location in time for the 1950 season. Prior to that, all home games were played on what is now a campus green behind the east side of Jordan-Hare Stadium. Plainsman Park was host to the 1978 NCAA South Regional and NCAA Regionals in 1999, 2003 and
It has also witnessed the budding baseball careers of Bo Jackson, Tim Hudson, Gregg Olson, Scott Sullivan and Frank Thomas. In 1994, John Powell struck out LSU's Warren Morris at Plainsman Park to set the NCAA career strikeout record. Powell also set the SEC all-time strikeout mark at Plainsman Park,
against Arkansas in 1993.
Plainsman Park also has had the privilege of hosting President George W. Bush. Approximately 14,000 people gathered on October 24, 2002, to listen to Bush speak. Bush's visit marked the first time since Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939 that a United States President visited Auburn while in office.
The field is named in honor of Billy and Jimmy Hitchcock, brothers who became two of Auburn's most noteworthy athletic performers during the 1930s. In 1997 Plainsman Park was renamed Hitchcock Field at Plainsman Park.
The university renamed the facility Samford Stadium-Hitchcock Field at Plainsman Park in May of 2003, naming the stadium after long-time Auburn Board of Trustee Member W. James "Jimmy" Samford, Jr. Jimmy Samford, who passed away in December of 2003, worked tirelessly in spearheading the efforts
for the renovations of Plainsman Park in the late 1990s.
It was his work that has made Samford Stadium-Hitchcock Field at Plainsman Park the top collegiate baseball facility in the country. Samford graduated from Auburn in political science in 1972 and was appointed to the board in 1987.
The late Jimmy Hitchcock was Auburn's first All-American in both baseball and football and was known as the "Phantom of Union Springs" for his overall athletic ability. Following a career in major league baseball, Jimmy Hitchcock coached the Auburn baseball team in the 1940s before being elected to the
Public Service Commission of Auburn on three different occasions.
Billy Hitchcock led Auburn to its first SEC baseball title in 1937 and to its first football bowl game later that fall. Following a nine-year major league playing career with five teams, "Mr. Billy" earned the title of "The Dignified War Eagle" as manager of the Detroit Tigers, Baltimore Orioles and Atlanta Braves and
as commissioner of the Southern League. Hitchcock passed away at the age of 89 in April 2006.
||Parking for Weekday Games
Please reference the map below. The coliseum lot (C), stadium parking deck (B) and top level of the Athletics Complex parking deck (D) are open for fan parking beginning at noon for weekday baseball games. The Auburn Arena lot (A) is open for parking beginning at 3 p.m. Fans should park in marked, legal spaces.
||Parking for Weekend Games
The coliseum lot (C), stadium parking deck (B) and top level of the Athletics Complex parking deck (D) are open for fan parking. The Auburn Arena lot (A) is also available with the exception of men's basketball gamedays. Fans should park in marked, legal spaces.