STARKVILLE, Miss. - Chalk up another honor for Dudy Noble Field, the home of Mississippi State’s Baseball Bulldogs.
Rivals.com has ranked the Diamond Dogs’ home field fifth nationally among its top 10 favorite collegiate baseball stadiums.
"No school blows out a postseason party in a regional or super regional quite like Mississippi State," wrote Rivals’ college baseball editor Kendall Rogers. "In addition to a roomy grandstand, the Bulldogs also have what is called the "Left-Field Lounge", where patrons line the outfield wall with barbeque pits, coolers and whatever else they can get in their possession. The official capacity for the stadium, including outfield seating, is 15,000. Those that watched the Starkville super regional two seasons ago know exactly what the Bulldogs are about at Polk-DeMent Stadium."
The favorites list ranks Arkansas’ Baum Stadium first, followed by Reckling Park at Rice, Hawks Field at Nebraska and Florida State’s Dick Howser Stadium. Behind Dudy Noble Field are UFCU Disch-Falk Field at Texas, Baylor Ballpark, Oxford-University Stadium at Ole Miss, Plainsman Park at Auburn and Penn State’s Lubrano Park.
Sports Illustrated has rated Dudy Noble Field as "the best place to watch college baseball". MSU has played baseball at its current field site since 1967 and the current concrete stadium grandstand structure, the first of its kind in the Southeastern Conference, was completed prior to the start of the 1987 season. The facility has hosted 14 NCAA postseason baseball events, including the 2007 NCAA Starkville Super Regional which drew an NCAA-record 26,335 for the nationally-televised two-game series.