Duane Banks Field
960 Stadium Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242
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The infield at Duane Banks Field has a new state-of-the-art playing surface, as AstroTurf was installed in the fall of 2013, replacing the natural grass infield. The
AstroTurf surface in the entire ballpark is expected to be replaced before the 2014-15 school year.
"It is exciting for our players to see a commitment being made to this program," said UI head coach Rick Heller. "The number of quality repetitions we will get with our infielders and pitchers is going to make us better right away."
Additional cosmetic changes to Banks Field have also taken place, including replacing the posts and fencing behind home plate and giving the dugouts a facelift. New fences are scheduled to be installed prior to the 2015 season.
Iowa's baseball field was renamed Duane Banks Baseball Field in honor of the Hawkeyes' former head coach in 2001. 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 had dimensions of 330 feet down the lines, 375 in the power alleys and 400 to centerfield before this year. That has decreased slightly and currently sits at 329 down the lines and 395 to centerfield.
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 complex features locker rooms for both teams and umpires and a press box that was initially 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 directly behind home plate. The facility includes a full-size football field with field turf and it includes four full-size batting cages and five raised pitching mounds.