Tusculum College is very fortunate to play in one of the finest ball parks in collegiate baseball as they begin its first full season at the multi-million dollar Pioneer Park.
The new home of Tusculum baseball was constructed next to Pioneer Field on the former site of the TC softball complex, which has been moved to the former baseball facility.
Pioneer Park hosted the 2005 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Baseball Tournament which saw the home team become
the first team in league history to lose its first game and win six consecutive contests to claim the SAC Tournament title.
Besides serving as the baseball home of the Pioneers, it is also home of the Greeneville Astros, the Appalachian League (Rookie League) affiliate of the Houston Astros.
The Astros began play in the facility in the summer of 2004 and claimed the Appy League title in its inaugural Greeneville season while breaking league attendance records.
Pioneer Park features chair-back seating for 2,500 spectators and is one of the best NCAA Baseball
facilities in the country. It is a pitcher friendly ballpark with dimensions measuring
331 feet down the lines, 375 feet to the power alleys and 400 feet to center field.
The stadium project, designed by Fisher & Associates, includes lighting, concession areas, restrooms and two clubhouses (home and visitor). A light-frame steel canopy covers a majority of the seating area and provides a covered concourse. The main concourse includes two concession stands, restroom facilities and ample space for group dining and gatherings.
Pioneer Park also includes four luxury suites and a press box with two radio booths and operations room. Administration and ticket offices are slated for completion this spring and will be located behind the third base grandstand.
The entire project is faced with brick and limestone, giving the project a retro look to the baseball stadiums built
in the 1930s and 40s. Pioneer Park also utilizes individual, slat-back seating similar to that used at Baltimores Camden Yards.
In 2002, installation of the bermuda grass playing surface was done by Valley Crest, one of the renowned athletic playing field installers in the nation. Valley Crest's client list includes: Pacific Bell Park (San Francisco Giants), Olympic Stadium (Atlanta for the Centennial Olympic Games in 1996), Vanderbilt University, Stanford University and Smokies Park (Tennessee Smokies). The playing surface features a state-of-the-art drainage and irrigation system.
Also included in the construction are in-ground dugouts, a warning track, spacious bullpens, indoor batting cages and hitting stations. The home clubhouse, located under the grandstand behind the first base dugout, houses locker rooms, athletic training and offices. The visiting club house is located next to the home bullpen in right field as well as maintenance and equipment storage.