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FIU plays all its home games at FIU Baseball Stadium on the campus of University Park. The Gus Alfonso Family Locker Room, a fully-equipped training room, spacious dugouts, indoor hitting facilities and full bullpens in the right and left field foul territories creates an ideal setting for student-athletes and coaches. A seating capacity of 2,000 with unmatched sight lines, a video board, concession stands and stadium lighting provide a fan-friendly atmosphere that makes this house a home for the Panthers.

While the stadium has the amenities and necessities essential to a successful baseball program, improving the facility is a constant process. In 2007, the coaches’ offices, alumni lounge and media area was completed on the third floor of the stadium, creating an area for those who helped build the program.

Head coach Turtle Thomas and his staff have led a charge to further advance the stadium with new carpeting in the locker room and training room, adding pad and decals to the outfield fences, add a state-of-the art video board, expand the batting cages, upgraded the press box and suite area, construct a new weight room and add a family area in right field.

The evolution of FIU Baseball Stadium did not happen overnight. The completion of Phase I of a three-phase project that switched the positioning of the field culminated with a 1-0 win against Bethune-Cookman on Jan. 26, 1996 in front of a standing-room crowd. Fireworks and a first-ball ceremony that featured University President Dr. Modesto Maidique and many other dignitaries were part of the festivities.

Phase II construction, which increased the stadium’s seating capacity by more than 1,000, forced the Panthers to play in Homestead for some time before returning in 2002. More than $3.5 million was raised from student trust funds to complete the first two phases and former head coach Danny Price raised $100,000 to fund the construction of the batting cages.

The expansion enabled FIU to host the 2005 Sun Belt Conference Tournament. Phase III of the project got underway in the spring of 2003 and was completed in 2007 with the finishing of the skybox, alumni lounge and media area.

The field's playing surface is natural grass and the symmetrical field with dimensions of 325 feet down the lines, 375 feet in the power alleys, and 400 feet to straightaway center field.

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