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 sight lines 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 optimum site lines from every seat, suite, and club.
Fan and player amenities were the foremost consideration while designing the new stadium. Fans were 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. Fans also have access to the new viewing plaza along the third baseline for excellent views of the field. A new outfield walk connects both sides of the concourse with a protected playground for families and pre-game picnic areas. New graphics and wayfinding celebrate the extensive history of the Crimson Tide baseball team. An expanded press box with spaces for TV, radio, print press, and game production was also included.
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 historic mementos. In addition, a new four-lane indoor batting facility was constructed on site and 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
- 82,000 sf
- Completed February 2016
- Interior Design
- Furniture Specification
- Master Planning
- Renovation + Restoration
- "Alabama plays opening game at new ballpark" - The Tuscaloosa News