Pennsylvania State University Medlar Field at Lubrano BallparkUniversity Park, PA 16802
Design Achievement - Designers were challenged with a number of goals when developing a dual-use ballpark for Penn State University and a Minor League Baseball team. The ballpark’s natural surroundings, including the well-loved Nittany Mountains, neighboring Beaver Stadium and overall player and fan experiences each guided its design. DLR Group teamed with LR Kimball and Associates to complete this joint-use facility. Designers increased visibility of the new ballpark by moving the entry to a main campus roadway, situated next to Beaver Stadium. Here the ballpark serves in an added capacity during the football season offering fans plaza areas and suites for pre-game activities.
Scope Summary - This new collegiate and minor league ballpark includes many amenities that have been embraced by players and fans. The stadium offers a variety of seating types including 3,500 chair-back seats, bleacher seating for 1,000 and an outfield berm seating area for an additional 1,500 fans. A picnic area, team store, and 8 suites and two party suites are available to Nittany Lions and State College Spikes fans. A natural grass playing field and indoor batting cages are enjoyed by the players. The stadium also honors their major league in state family member the Pittsburgh Pirates by making the fields dimensions mirror PNC Park. The one difference is in right field where the wall is 18.55 ft high instead of 21 ft to commemorate the year Penn State was founded.