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Duane Banks Field

960 Stadium Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242

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Duane Banks Field

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In the fall of 2001, the Iowa baseball field was re-named The Duane Banks Baseball Field in honor of the Hawkeyes' former head coach. Banks, the winningest coach in Iowa history, served as Iowa's head baseball coach from 1970-1997.

Banks Field was originally built in 1974. The 3,000-seat stadium has dimensions of 330 feet down the lines, 375 in the power alleys and 400 to centerfield. As a whole, the complex is one of the top facilities in the Big Ten and the Midwest.

Every year the UI Department of Athletics makes upgrades to Banks Field. The baseball program is very excited about the installation of 500 stadium chair back seats behind home plate that will allow the Hawkeyes to sell season tickets for the first time in history.

Three years ago, Iowa resealed and painted the inside of the stadium along with replacing all of the old wooden bleachers with aluminum bleachers.

Other upgrades include spacious pro-style dugouts with new bleachers and protective netting. There is also brand new padding behind home plate and all new added padding in the outfield from left center to right center.

In 2002, former Hawkeye and current Major Leaguer Cal Eldred donated $245,000 to fund the installation of lights at Banks Field. It is the largest donation by a current professional athlete to Iowa Athletics.

The infield was re-designed following the 1999 season with a new playing surface and ten-foot fences were added to the outfield. The field's drainage system was also improved. Both bullpens were restructured and the hitter's background was replaced. Located next to the Hawkeye bullpen are two Astro Turf batting cages.

The complex features locker rooms for both teams and umpires. In 1998, Iowa's clubhouse was expanded, giving the Hawkeyes one of the best college baseball environments in the nation.

Prior to the 1996 season a Daktronics state-of-the-art scoreboard system was installed. In addition to providing spectators with pertinent game information, the system also has a marques that is capable of displaying player information.

A new press box was built in 1989 and renovated in 2002. It can accommodate several radio stations and up to 15 media members.

During inclement weather, the Hawkeyes can move to the Indoor Practice Facility, located adjacent to Banks Field. The Indoor Practice Facility was constructed in 2012 and includes turf and four full-size batting cages.