Over the years, Falcon Field has become one of the toughest parks in which to play in the nation. Nestled against the Rampart Range of the Rocky Mountains, Falcon Field sits at over 7,000 feet above sea level. In 1991, the field became one of the most unique in the country. Due to the severe Colorado weather, an Astroturf infield was installed with a brand new grass outfield and drainage system. The turf allows the Falcons to play games after spring snowstorms which, in the past, would have had to be postponed. Also in 1991, the fences were moved back more than 20 feet in some spots. The current dimensions are 349 in left field, 393 in left center, 400 in center, 365 in right center and 316 in right field. The "short porch" in right field is protected by a 24-foot chain link "Monster." As part of the renovation, the dugouts were upgraded with heaters and, permanent helmet and bat racks and the park gained space for more than 500 fans with additional seating on the grass for a capacity of more than 1,000. This past fall, the old AstroTurf infield was replaced with new Sport Turf.

    During the first five seasons after the renovation, the Falcons improved in every area of the game - team defense, team offense and team pitching. The batting average of .328 and fielding percentage of .942 were the highest in any five-year period up to that point. The team ERA consistently improved and the five-year ERA of 7.25 is the best since joining a major conference in 1981.

    As a result, the Falcons posted a 128-122 record during that time for a winning percentage of .512, the best since joining a major conference in 1981. The Falcons averaged nearly 26 wins per season in those five years, the best five-year average in school history. AFA's home winning percentage of .550 in 2000 is the best since a .625 mark in 1995.

    Since 1957, the Falcons have won 58 percent of the games played at Falcon Field. The 1993 team broke the school record by winning 21 home games. In 46 seasons of Falcon baseball, the team has posted 34 winning seasons at home. In 2004, the Falcons were 2-13 at home.

    Falcon Field also earned national recognition as the host of the 1976 and 1995 U.S. Olympic Festivals

     

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