OrthoGeorgia Park at Claude Smith Field
Construction began in June 2016 on OrthoGeorgia Park at Claude Smith Field, a new baseball stadium on the Macon campus.
The new stadium will accommodate 1,500 fans and feature premium chairback seating behind home plate. Other features include new dugouts, concession and restroom facilities, press box and camera positions for ESPN3 broadcasts, two open-air suites, a ticket booth, and the M. Diane Owens Entry Plaza.
OrthoGeorgia Park at Claude Smith Field is named in recognition of a lead gift provided by Macon-based OrthoGeorgia last year. Click here for the full release regarding OrthoGeorgia's lead commitment.
The facility is named for Claude Smith, Mercer baseball coach from 1948-77. The field was named for him upon his retirement in 1977; Smith won 405 games as Mercer's coach and is the winningest coach in university history. The venue underwent its last renovations, which included improvements to the playing surface and construction of an indoor hitting facility, in 2003.
Over the past decade, the Bears have elevated the program to a new level under the guidance of Gibson. The program has reached the NCAA Tournament in three of the past seven years, and is the two-time defending Southern Conference regular season champion following their 2016 title. The Bears are one of only seven NCAA Division I programs to win at least 35 games each of the past seven years as well.
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