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On February 16, 2002 the University of Virginia baseball program defeated the Bucknell Bison by the score of 10-3 in the first ever contest played at the brand new UVa Baseball Stadium. Virginia opened the door on its sparkling new multi-million dollar facility for the 2002 season. With a seating capacity of 2000 and field dimensions of 335-377-408-377-352 (left-right), Davenport showcases as one of the finest collegiate baseball facilities in the nation.
The UVa Baseball Stadium has been through a series of improvements over its tenure as the home to the Virginia Cavaliers, but none like the recent upgrades and renovations that have taken place in recent years.
Improvements to the stadium include: a canopied grandstand with 1,500 seats; an additional 500 seats and a grass hillside to provide more seating; six sky boxes for lease by fans and corporate sponsors; stadium lights; new dugouts for the home and visiting teams; an on-site locker room and club house; a new press box, and a new concession area.
Representing a major athletic facility improvement, the University of Virginia installed a new grass playing surface at the then UVa Baseball Field in 1998. The Bermuda grass playing surface – known as Davenport Field – was dedicated on Saturday, April 13th, 2002 during Virginia’s second contest of a three-game series against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.
The new ballpark has enabled Virginia to schedule games against nationally prominent teams that previously would have been played on the road. “This will increase the opportunity for television game coverage,” said Craig Littlepage, UVa athletic director. “Adding stadium lighting will allow our team to play or practice at night and thus miss fewer classes. In addition, the facility will become a community asset, offering a potential venue for high school tournaments and adult-league games.”
The field was named in honor of Thomas “Ted” Edward Davenport who served the University of Virginia as Executive Director and Secretary/Treasurer of the Virginia Student Aid Foundation (VSAF) from 1958 until 1988. He was a dear friend and avid fan of the University until his death in 2001. A 1953 graduate of the Curry School of Education, Davenport was instrumental in increasing the donations and donors to the annual fund and leading capital funding efforts for the athletics program during his tenure. He served the University in several capacities including head baseball coach and head golf coach.
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From the East/West: Take I-64 to exit 118B (Culpeper-Charlottesville). Take second exit (sign will say University of Virginia Information Center and Business 250 East) and bear right onto Ivy Rd. At second stoplight, turn left on to Copeley Rd. The baseball field is behind the track on the left and not visible from the road. Parking is in the University Hall parking lot on the right.
From the North: Take Route 29 south into Charlottesville (Emmet St.). Turn right at Massie Rd. Go to the next stoplight and turn left onto Copeley Rd. The baseball field is behind the track on the right and not visible from the road. Parking is in the University Hall parking lot on the left.
From the South: Take Route 29 to Business Route 250 East (sign will say University of Virginia Information Center) and bear right onto Ivy Rd. At second stoplight, turn left onto Copeley Rd. The baseball field is behind the track on the left and not visible from the road. Parking is in the University Hall parking lot on the right.