Dan Law Field
Perhaps no other college baseball facility in the country has seen the renovations that Texas Tech's Dan Law Field has undergone the last five-to-seven years. And, those renovations are not competed as yet.
Among improvements earmarked for the current season includes an outfield warning track and a roof to shade the grandstand area seats. In addition, the Lubbock Crickets (of the Texas-Louisiana League) will share revenue from outfield fence ads and those ads will remained up all year round.
Since Texas Tech head baseball coach Larry Hays took over the program in 1987, not only has the quality of play been upgraded, as have the facilities.
Not only has the ballpark been given a name -- it was dubbed Dan Law Field in 1988 after a local businessman and Tech-ex Dan Law -- but the facility has now become one of the truly outstanding diamond facilities in all of college baseball.
The first item on the renovation agenda was the construction of a new ulta-modern light system that Mr. Law helped fund and lead toward becoming reality. The $30,000 system is considered one of the finest in the collegiate ranks.
Next was the installation of one of coach Larry Hays' pet projects: an astroturf infield surface. The now seven-year-old Astro Turf "8" infield was one of Hays' requests made to help put together his program with the ability to recruit "speed" to Texas Tech. The 30,000 square feet of turf was installed at a cost of approximately $125,000, which included excavation, sub-basing and carpeting.
When the surface was changed, the dimensions of the park also changed. Home plate is now 405 feet from straight centerfield, while down the lines it takes a 333-foot blast to leave the yard over a now 16-foot high fence.
Prior to the start of the 1992 season, the most fan-appealing additions to the park were made. A new concession stand was constructed directly under the main grandstand, along with ticket booth and restroom facilities, which sit just inside the main entrance.
Tech hosted the final Southwest Conference Post-Season tournament last May 15-19. That four-day event, which drew all seven SWC teams for the first time in history, saw 31,542 fans enter Dan Law Field, an average of 2,628.5 per game.
Special care was taken with the renovations to help those with special needs: reserved parking for handicapped fans; new hard-surface walkways and switchback ramps to gradually ascent to the main grandstands were added.
Thanks in part to the cooperation and donations of United Supermarkets, Lubbock Power & Light and Southwest Coca-Cola Bottling Co., the athletic department made an addition to Dan Law Field for the1993 season.
A new high resolution scoreboard/messageboard measuring approximately 50-foot-by-25-foot now stands in the outfield. The board features a 21-foot-by-9-foot four-color matrix that, along with a new computer system, enables fans to see the players and keep up with their statistics each time they come to the plate. Constant time and temperature readings are also featured on the board.
The renovations continued in 1994 as locker room facilities were constructed behind both the home (first base) and visitor (third base) dugouts.
One of the more unique features of Dan Law Field is the SkyBoxes. Fourteen luxury boxes, located atop of the main grandstand, were completed during the 1996 season. Each box is heated and air conditioned and tenants have the opportunity to decorate their own area as they wish.