Dudy Noble Field/Polk-DeMent Stadium home of MISSISSIPPI STATE baseball

In the fall of 2014 Mississippi State Athletics unveiled the Dudy Noble Field Master Plan, an ambitious $55 million facility project that aims to remake the Bulldogs’ home ballpark into the finest in college baseball.

The Jackson, Miss., design team of Wier Boerner Allin Architecture and national baseball stadium experts Populous, in consultation with MSU alum Janet Marie Smith, produced the proposed Dudy Noble Field Master Plan concept. Populous has designed 20 of Major League Baseball’s current 30 ballparks, in addition to TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, home of the NCAA Men’s College World Series.

The Dudy Noble Field Master Plan features a new double-tiered grandstand with chairback seating, an elevated concourse that encircles the playing field and allows a constant view of the game action, welcoming entry plazas, spacious restrooms, concessions, a kids’ play area, berm seating, upgraded field lighting, HD video board, team areas (clubhouse, training room, equipment room, etc.) and dramatically improved aesthetics.

The new stadium also features Diamond Suites, Omaha Club Level and Loge seating, a field level club titled, “The Backstop”, and apartment-style Left Field Lofts.

The Dudy Noble Field Master Plan still showcases the unique and timeless features of the previous ballpark, including the Left Field Lounge.

The outfield ‘spots’ are built permanently into place. Each spot is customized to retain the traditional look of the Left Field Lounge, but with access to added amenities such as electricity, storage and a common concourse connecting the entire outfield facility to the rest of the stadium. New restroom areas are also located in the renovated outfield area.

Capacity is planned to allow MSU to continue to host the largest crowds in college baseball. Upon completion, the new grandstand will hold more fans than the previous grandstand and berm seating down each line will allow for greater general admission seating. The outfield is expected to accommodate the same number of fans and there are excellent standing room views of the field in both the outfield and surrounding concourse.

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