Bulldog Baseball: The Yankees of the SEC
There is truly no place like home for Mississippi State’s Baseball Bulldogs, especially when that home is Dudy Noble Field, one of the nation’s top venues for college baseball. The 2009 campaign marks the 42nd season of baseball at the current site of Mississippi State baseball’s on-campus home field, Dudy Noble Field. MSU first settled into Dudy Noble Field in 1967, and over the past four decades the facility has evolved into the nation’s largest campus facility for college baseball and what many regard as the sport’s finest all-around baseball complex. Best-selling author, MSU alumnus and avid MSU baseball fan John Grisham donated funding in 1993 for an indoor batting range under the first base grandstand, and in August 1998 construction got under way on an ambitious project that added 18 skysuites and more than 600 additional chairback seats in the grandstand. When it was completed during the 2000 season, permanent seating capacity at Dudy Noble Field had eclipsed the 7,000 mark.
Dudy Noble Field has twice hosted crowds in excess of 14,000, including an NCAA on-campus-record 14,991 that watched the Bulldogs take on SEC Eastern Division rival Florida in a Saturday twinbill in 1989. The home of the Baseball Bulldogs has hosted crowds of 10,000 or better 22 times. MSU eclipsed the 10,000 mark in attendance three times in 2007, including NCAA Super Regional-record draws of 13,715 and 12,620 for nationally-televised latemorning games against Clemson. Dudy Noble Field has served as the home to seven Southeastern Conference championship teams, has twice hosted NCAA District III tournaments (1973 and 1974), five SEC tournaments (1979, 1981, 1983, 1988 and 1995), 11 NCAA Regional tournaments (1979, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1997, 2000 and 2003) and in 2007 its first NCAA Super Regional. You will be truly sorry if you missed any action at where Will “The Thrill” Clark and Rafael Palmeiro once called home.