VINCENT-BECK STADIUM

Vincent-Beck Stadium

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The home of Lamar University since 1969, Vincent-Beck Stadium has become a true showpiece among college baseball facilities in the Southwest.

Originally named Cardinal Field, the facility was renamed in 1981 to honor Al Vincent and Bryan Beck. Seating capacity is 3,500.

Vincent was a former professional player and manager in the Texas League. He served 16 years as a special assistant coach at Lamar, ending his tenure in 1989. He was inducted into the Cardinals Hall of Honor in 1980.

Beck is a former member of the Lamar University System Board of Regents. During his tenure (1969-80), he served on the athletic committee and was an instrumental force in several construction projects on Lamar University's athletic facilities.

The infield was resurfaced in the fall of 1998 and the astro turf down the first and third baselines and around home plate was replaced prior to the start of the 1999 season. New for the 2000 season was a 3-foot high brick wall that extends from dugout to dugout behind home plate. The Cardinals have completed a 20-foot tall "batters eye" in centerfield for the 2001 season and new foul poles were installed down both the right and left field lines prior to the 2003 season.

In January 2010, the player clubhouse was completely renovated and expanded to include a team room that houses 35 custom-built oak lockers, new leather couches and furniture, two 60-inch flat screen plasma televisions and brand new chairs at each locker. At the entrance to the clubhouse a large mural that shows action photos of former Cardinals who have played Major League Baseball was also installed.

Vincent-Beck Stadium

Prior to hosting the 1993 Sun Belt Conference Tournament, the stadium received upgrades and improvements in various areas. The air-conditioned press box, which features two radio broadcast booths and additional space for other working media, was modernized, receiving a brand new coat of red paint.

Chairback seats were installed prior to the 1990 season, adding a Cardinal red to the reserved section.

Concession stands and restroom facilities are located beneath the bleachers, and a paved parking lot flanks the stadium down the third base line.

The park is symmetrical with the distances to the outfield fence being 325 feet to the corners, 380 feet to centerfield, and 370 in the power alleys.

Over the past several years, Vincent-Beck has played host to the Beaumont Golden Gators and Bullfrogs (professional baseball) and the Junior Olympic Baseball Super Series for 1992 and 1993.

Vincent-Beck Stadium played host to the 2001 and 2002 Southland Conference Baseball Tournament. The Cardinals used the home field advantage in 2002 by winning the tournament championship and advancing to the NCAA Regional in Austin.

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