Designed and constructed to be compliant with NCAA Division I/Minor League Baseball (MiLB) Low Class A standards, West Virginia University’s Mountaineers’ new 2,500+ seat, fan-friendly baseball stadium exceeds the needs of the players and the fans who come to support them. The audiovisual systems that are featured in the new ballpark serve to enhance the game day experience and help provide quality family entertainment.
In order to keep the spectators connected with the game no matter where they are in the complex, a distributed sound and video system provides locations to catch live game action on flat panel displays in common areas around the ballpark. The speaker systems can be found in areas such as the fan store, entrance area, and restrooms. The suites and club rooms are outfitted with both flat panel displays and sound systems that support sources including the main PA announcer, television source audio, and home radio. The seating bowl and berm area of the stadium features loudspeakers that direct sound at the crowd for an optimal listening experience and additional speakers that direct sound at the field lawn, party terrace, and kid zone. These systems are on a zoned output to allow individual volume control depending on the occupancy during the game. At the furthest point of center field, a state-of-the-art video scoreboard displays advertisements, player stats, replays, and live game feed. Pathways from all in-house camera locations run through the production control room and out to the scoreboard for in-house distribution and display. A robust television broadcast infrastructure provides easy access for network, cable and other broadcasting groups to set up their cameras and capture the action as well.
When not on the field, players benefit from the team training classroom which is equipped with an HD projection system for presentations and a ceiling sound reinforcement system. In the player lounge, team members can relax and utilize any of the three large, wall-mounted video monitors with connection for gaming and laptop interfaces. WVU Athletics Director Shane Lyons calls the new complex “beautiful and great for North Central West Virginia.” It will act not only as a home for the University’s baseball team, but for community events such as concerts as well as the home field of the West Virginia Black Bears, a class A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.