Doak Field opened in 1966 and has served as the home of Wolfpack baseball since then. Following the 2002 season, the Doak began a $6 million renovation. The entire grandstand structure was razed, the playing field was leveled and a state-of-the-art drainage and irrigation system was installed. Upon installation of the drainage system, new turf was put down, giving Doak Field one of the finest playing surfaces in all of college baseball.
As work on the field neared completion, construction began on the new stadium itself, which includes a grandstand, field house and batting cages. The stadium features approximately 2,200 chairback seats, modern and spacious restrooms, new concession stands, a ticket office, and a 1,200-square-foot press box, complete with radio and TV booths as well as an area for print media. The baseball fieldhouse includes a 1,300-square-foot players locker room with direct access to the first-base dugout, a coaches locker room, players lounge, training room, equipment room, umpires locker room, coaches offices and a reception area. Down the right-field line, indoor and outdoor batting cages were erected, allowing the Wolfpack an area for practice during inclement weather.
NC State moved 18 home games out of town during the 2003 season to accommodate the reconstruction. The first home game at the ballpark in 2003 was a 3-2 victory over UNC Greensboro on April 2. The Wolfpack played just 10 games that season at the Doak, which was still in large part a construction site.
With construction in its final phases in 2004, NC State played its entire home schedule at Doak Field, although the project was not fully completed until the end of the 2004 season.
Over the years, NC State has played more than 1,000 games at Doak Field and has won nearly 75 percent of its home games. The 1997 team compiled a 30-3 home record, setting the school record for most home wins in a season and best home winning percentage (.909).
Doak Field has proven to be popular with Wolfpack fans over the years, especially since the installation of lights in 1995. Since the lights were turned on, Wolfpack baseball has averaged just less than 25,000 fans per season, and more than 800 fans per game. That figure includes games in February and March, when crowds often are sparse because of adverse weather conditions. In 1995, the Wolfpack drew a school record 41,846 fans in 32 dates, an average of 1,308 per game. NC State ranked in the top 20 nationally in home attendance that season.
Miscellaneous notes about the Doak: Since the renovation was completed in 2004, the dimensions at Doak Field are asymmetrical at 320 feet down the left-field line, 370 feet to the left-field power alley, 400 feet to straightaway center field, 375 feet to the right-field power alley, and 330 down the right-field line ¦ The wall from the left-field line to deep left-center field is 16 feet high, then drops to eight feet high all the rest of the way around to right field ¦ Doak Field has twice hosted the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament, in 1974 and 1980, with NC State taking the championship in 1974 and Clemson in 1980 ¦ The 1997 Pack compiled the longest home winning streak in Doak Field history, winning 19 straight at home.
Directions to Doak Field
From I-40: Take exit 295. This is Gorman Street. From the west, turn left at the light at the bottom of the exit. From the east, turn right at the light. Stay on Gorman Street for several miles, past Avent Ferry Road and past Western Boulevard (Western Boulevard will be a four-lane highway with fast-food restauarants on both sides of the road to your left and the NC State McKimmon Center to your right). Go straight at the Western Boulevard traffic light and then turn right at the next traffic light past Western Boulevard. This will be Sullivan Drive. Doak Field will be the second turn on the left.
From the 440 Beltline: Take the Western Boulevard exit eastbound towards NC State (follow the signs for "NCSU"). Turn left at the second traffic light onto Gorman Street, and then turn right at the first light onto Sullivan Drive. Doak Field will be the second turn on the left.