Clay Gould Ballpark
- Address: 1400 Maverick Arlington, TX 76013
- Phone: (817) 272-5039
- Category: Things To Do
- Sub-Category: Sports & Recreations
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UT Arlington enjoys playing on one of the most well-manicured baseball surfaces in the country. Prior to the start of the 2003 season, renovations to the stadium were completed featuring a brand new grand entranceway and added seating to boost the capacity to 1,600. The facility received a new state-of-the-art lighting system, which allows the Mavericks the ability to play night baseball.
The facility was re-named Clay Gould Ballpark on April 26, 2003, after the former UT Arlington standout player and coach. The name change was at the suggestion of Dr. Allan Saxe, an associate professor of political science at UT Arlington, whom the ballpark was previously named after.
In front of a crowd of nearly 1,000 people, the name change officially took place and Gould's widow, Julie, and daughter, Logan, unveiled the memorial of Clay Gould on the outside wall of the main entranceway.
In 2009 a Daktronics ProStar® LED Display video board was installed and the center section of the grandstands also received an upgrade with approximately 345 new seats added. Other additions to the stadium took place in 1999, when a three-foot high brick wall spanning from dugout to dugout was added, along with a new net backstop.
The stadium was originally opened in 1974 as the Mavericks hosted TCU in what became the UT Arlington debut of head coach Butch McBroom. Besides UT Arlington baseball, the diamond has played host to the Texas State Junior College Tournament, the state American Amateur Baseball Congress Connie Mack and American Legion Tournaments and numerous high school playoff games. It also served as the venue for Major League tryout camps.
Nolan Ryan, Alex Rodriguez, Roger Clemens and Ozzie Smith have made appearances at the Ballpark for individual workouts, commercials, camps and clinics.
The field has dimensions of 330 feet down the lines, 380 feet into the power alleys and 400 feet to straight away center field.