A view of the luxury suites at Springs Brooks Stadium (Aaron Fitt)
Ballpark Tour: Coastal Carolina SEE ALSO: Fall Report: Coastal Carolina
Last fall, Coastal Carolina completed a $15.2 million project to build beautiful new stadiums for the baseball and softball teams. Springs Brooks Stadium, home of the baseball Chanticleers, makes a dazzling first impression that is only magnified after touring the facility and seeing all the bells and whistles. It features permanent chairback seating for 2,500 fans and a total capacity of 5,500 (including the berms down the left- and right-field lines and the boardwalk beyond the outfield fence). And it has every amenity a player or coach could want.
The main entrance to Springs Brooks Stadium (Aaron Fitt) The handsome exterior of the ballpark offers a view of the first-base party deck through the colonnade on the second level (Aaron Fitt) A view of the luxury suites at Springs Brooks Stadium (Aaron Fitt) The party deck overlooks the first-base side (Aaron Fitt) Coastal’s roofed hitting facility makes quite an impression beyond the left-center fence (Aaron FItt) Coastal’s huge hitting facility was completed before the new ballpark was built (Aaron Fitt) The “boardwalk” that encircles the outfield fence is one of the park’s most distinctive features (Aaron Fitt) The view of the ballpark from the boardwalk area (Aaron FItt) One of two grassy berms make are great places for families to watch the game (Aaron Fitt) The party deck on the first-base side (Aaron Fitt) The inside of the club level on the third-base side (Aaron Fitt) The club level and offices open onto this long balcony (Aaron Fitt) The main lobby on the bottom level outside the locker room (Aaron Fitt) Coastal’s handsome locker room (Aaron Fitt) Borrowed from Michigan football, the Chanticleers created a “sacred space” using this rug in the heart of the locker room. Only Gary Gilmore is allowed in the space, but he’ll invite players to celebrate with him there after big wins (Aaron Fitt) A players’ lounge features an enormous pulldown projection screen for watching movies and big games (Aaron Fitt) Coastal’s huge dugouts might be the best in college baseball (Aaron Fitt) A lounge for coaches attached to the coaches’ locker room (Aaron Fitt) The coaches’ locker room (Aaron Fitt) A player-enhancement room is good for studying and also doubles as a postgame interview room (Aaron Fitt) The view of the ballpark from the press box (Aaron Fitt) The large press box is equipped with garage doors that allow for an open-air experience (Aaron Fitt) Head coach Gary Gilmore’s spacious office (Aaron Fitt)