While college baseball season might be over, College Baseball Daily is keeping you covered by counting down the Top 10 Stadiums in the country. Each day we’ll have a different stadium, including the history and fun facts, until we reach the number one stadium in all of college baseball. We continue our countdown today at number 3 with Florida State’s Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium.
Florida State baseball has made a name for themselves over the past few years, and Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium has been their stage. Opened in 1983, Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium’s architecture is unparalleled; the gorgeous architecture and field make this a premiere destination to play ball. Seminole fans seem to agree with the beauty of their team and field, as they continuously pack the stadium year after year. In 2013, the Seminoles ranked eighth in Division I attendance, averaging close to 4,600 fans a game; they are annually a guest of the top 10 rankings. Mike Martin Field has also become to go-to destination for Regional games, as the Seminoles have hosted 26 games in the 30 years the stadium has been opened; there have also been five Super Regionals held at the field since the new postseason format was introduced. If you’re looking to fill time before the game, head on over to the first base stands. This is where the Mike Loynd Tradition Room is located; fans and visitors alike can learn about the rich tradition and history of the Florida State baseball program. There’s information about All-Americans, former Seminoles in the pros, as well as the World Series teams. Another wall in the room is lined with trophies won by the Seminoles in recent World Series and conference championships, as well as the Golden Spikes awards of Lyond, Mike Fuentes, J.D. Drew, and Buster Posey. When people come to visit the home of the Seminoles, they are treated to what Eric Sorenson calls the third best big game atmosphere in the country. They also contribute to the standard set by the Seminole faithful, with the record attendance in a season being set over the 100,000 mark nine times over the last 10 years. The stadium was renamed in 1988 to commemorate Dick Howser, who was Florida State’s first All-American player and a former Kansas City Royal, while the actual field was dedicated in 2005 for current Florida State head coach Mike Martin. Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium isn’t just a pretty place to watch a ballgame, it’s also a winning place for the Seminoles; the team is 822-162-1 overall on their home turf.
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