2018 SEC Ballpark Experience Rankings

by | Jul 13, 2018 | Lloyd Brown, NCAA Baseball |

When people speak of the Southeastern Conference, most people think of its football dominance. However, the baseball teams of the SEC have been equally impressive at the national level. The mild year-round temperatures, a huge recruiting base, and its own TV network have helped to make the SEC one of the toughest conferences in the country. Overall, SEC schools have won 11 College World Series Championships. Since 2000, SEC schools have made 12 appearances in the College World Series Finals.

Facilities play a large role in recruiting the best players and in building a large fanbase as well. The SEC has some of the top college ballpark experiences in the country and member schools compete in this area as much as they do on the field. At Stadium Journey we review every stadium using our FANFARE rating system. Now that the 2018 college baseball season is over, we want to release our rankings list of the stadiums in the SEC. The scores for each school’s stadiums are extremely close, with many ties occurring. We invite you to submit your own reviews for stadiums you have been to on the individual stadium pages.

1. Alex Box Stadium – LSU Tigers

The Tiger baseball experience at Alex Box Stadium has it all.  A powerhouse ballclub, a state of the art facility, great food options, and a rabid fanbase all add up to a very intimidating atmosphere for opposing teams. It also earns the Bayou Bengals the top spot in our rankings.

Alex Box Stadium

Alex Box Stadium, Photo by Paul Donaldson, Stadium Journey

2. Dudy Noble Field – Mississippi State Bulldogs

Considered by many to be one of the top on-campus venues in the country, Dudy Noble Field has played host to the top 10 highest attended on campus baseball games in NCAA history. The stadium is in the midst of a large-scale renovation, so look for it to challenge LSU for the top position in 2019.

Dudy Noble Field - First Base View

Dudy Noble Field – First Base View, Photo by Craig Jackson, Stadium Journey

3. Founders Park – South Carolina Gamecocks

As college baseball parks go, you could hardly do better than Founders Park at USC. A great tailgating culture, boiled peanuts, cold beer, and shouts of “Go Cocks!” add up to a wonderful gameday experience in Columbia.

Founders Park - View from Home Plate

Founders Park – View from Home Plate, Photo by Andy Mantsch, Stadium Journey

4. Sewell-Thomas Stadium – Alabama Crimson Tide

Alabama has upped its game with the construction of this $43 million ballpark. Sewell-Thomas Stadium offers amenities typically found in minor league parks, such as a stadium club, berm seating, LED lighting, and an attractive brick exterior.

Sewell-Thomas Stadium Scoreboard

Sewell-Thomas Stadium Scoreboard, Photo by Lloyd Brown, Stadium Journey

5. Swayze Field – Ole Miss Rebels

Ole Miss is proud of its traditions, and Swayze Field has some special traditions of its own. They include the beer showers in the student section after a Rebels home run, the synchronized dance routine in the Rebels dugout in the fifth inning, and the Hotty Toddy cheer moving though the stands.

Interior of Swayze Field

Interior of Swayze Field, Photo by Lloyd Brown, Stadium Journey

6. Baum Stadium – Arkansas Razorbacks

The Home of the Homering Hogs is the fourth largest college baseball stadium in the country. Baum Stadium provides a wonderful gameday atmosphere with great food, great fans and a live Razorback hog in a trailer just outside of the park. Woo pig sooie!

Baum Stadium Stands

Baum Stadium Stands, Photo by Bradlee Ross, Stadium Journey

7. Foley Field – Georgia Bulldogs

A visit to the home of the Diamond Dawgs is not to be missed. Georgia has more than a century’s worth of experience in baseball and it shows in the pedigree of Foley Field. A real live organist, the crack of the bat, and the cheers of Go Dawgs form the sounds of success here.

Pressbox at Foley Field

Pressbox at Foley Field, Photo by Lloyd Brown, Stadium Journey

8. Hawkins Field – Vanderbilt Commodores

The baseball program at Vanderbilt is the athletic department’s brightest star. It salutes its stars of the past through banners featuring David Price and Dansby Swanson. Hawkins Field is always lively with a loud fan base, contests between innings, and the Commodores going full speed ahead.

Hawkins Field at Night

Hawkins Field at Night, Photo by Chad Minton, Stadium Journey

9. Blue Bell Park – Texas A&M Aggies

The Aggies made a real statement in opening Blue Bell Park just before their move to the SEC. This jewel of a park shows that they are ready to compete with the “big boys” in a Texas-sized fashion.

Blue Bell Park, Main Entrance

Blue Bell Park, Main Entrance, Photo by Eric Moreno, Stadium Journey

10. Plainsman Park – Auburn Tigers

In a conference where football rules, baseball is equally as popular at Auburn University. Plainsman Park gave both Bo Jackson and Frank Thomas their start on the way to great major league careers.

Bo Still Knows Auburn Baseball

Photo By Lloyd Brown, Stadium Journey

11. Taylor Stadium – Missouri Tigers

In preparation for their move to the SEC, the Tigers made massive upgrades to their baseball facilities. Fans a Taylor Stadium now enjoy more comfortable seating, better sightlines, and increased concession options.

Taylor Stadium - Home of the Missouri Tigers

Taylor Stadium – Home of the Missouri Tigers, Photo Courtesy of Missouri Athletics

12. Lindsey Nelson Stadium – Tennessee Volunteers

Lindsey Nelson Stadium offers the tradition of Rocky Top and stunning views of the Tennessee River. It also offers some of the closest seats to the field in the SEC and the unique “viewing porches” behind the outfield walls.

Lindsey Nelson Stadium Exterior

Photo By Lloyd Brown, Stadium Journey

13. McKethan Stadium – Florida Gators

The “Mac” has served as the home of the Gators since 1988. Florida won the College World Series in 2017 and are planning construction of a new stadium to be ready in time for the 2020 season.

McKethan Stadium Field

McKethan Stadium Field, Photo by Sean MacDonald, Stadium Journey

14. Cliff Hagan Stadium – Kentucky Wildcats

The Wildcats bid farewell to their old Kentucky Home at the end of the 2018 baseball season. Cliff Hagan Stadium has served the Bat Cats well since opening in 1969, but lacks many of the amenities found in other SEC stadiums. The fanbase is already charged up about moving into the new stadium next season.  

Cliff Hagan Stadium

Cliff Hagan Stadium, Photo by Tyler Green, Stadium Journey

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