University of Alabama
After hosting almost 65 years of baseball games, the University of Alabama commissioned Davis to modernize the aging Sewell-Thomas Stadium, originally built in 1948. Fan amenities were insufficient, and past additions failed to consider sightlines from the seating bowl to the field. Though the existing structure was incredibly complex, through extensive BIM modeling, the Davis team was able to shift the seating bowl to allow for excellent sightlines from every seat, suite, and club.
Fan and player amenities were the first consideration while designing the new stadium. Fans are grateful for a concourse with easy access to restrooms, concessions, a team store, and food service kiosks. Care was taken to add seating options in a variety of price points, including 12 new suites, two new club lounges, a home run berm, a new student section, and field-level seating. A new viewing plaza along the third baseline allows for excellent views of the field, and a new outfield walk connects both sides of the concourse with a protected playground for families and pre-game picnic areas. Modern graphics and wayfinding celebrate the extensive history of the Crimson Tide baseball team, while a newly expanded press box includes spaces for TV, radio, print press, and game production.
New player amenities included a home team locker room, lounge, showers, restrooms, team meeting room, weight room, and bullpen. The Davis team worked with the baseball program to fill the player spaces with engaging graphics and historical mementos. Additionally, a new four-lane indoor batting facility greatly expands practice opportunities for the team.
The Crimson Tide’s rich athletic history began with baseball, and the renovations once again elevate Sewell-Thomas Stadium to one of the premier baseball facilities across all of college baseball.
At a glance
Located in Tuscaloosa, AL
Completed February 2016
Renovation + Restoration
"Alabama plays opening game at new ballpark" - The Tuscaloosa News