CCSU Baseball Field – Central Connecticut State Blue Devils
Blue Devil Baseball
Baseball has been played at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) since 1935. Since 2010, the team has called the CCSU Baseball Field, formerly known as Balf-Savin Field, home. The on-campus field, completed in 2010, features an artificial turf surface, electronic scoreboard, bullpens, batting cages, dugouts and a covered press box.
The Blue Devils have captured the Northeast Conference title four times, and have appeared in the NCAA tournament in each of those seasons. CCSU has yet to win a game in the tournament, going 0-8 all time. Three Blue Devil alumni have reached the major leagues.
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The Hitchcock-Young Pavilion is located in between the baseball and softball fields, and contains a small concession stand. This stand is not open for all games, so many fans will simply come prepared with their own snacks.
When the stand is open, it offers a limited menu which includes hot dogs, pretzels, chips, candy and bottles of soda.
Baseball purists will undoubtedly enjoy the laid-back, no frills presentation here at CCSU Baseball Field. Anyone looking for the distractions and noise common at many ballparks today should look elsewhere. While before the game music blasts over the new sound system, during the game only lineup announcements can be heard. There are not even walkup songs or between inning music played here at CCSU.
Any fan of CCSU athletics will recognize the voice of the Blue Devils, Joe Arnone. The 85 year old Arnone, who has been associated with Central Connecticut for 55 years, handles public address duties for the school’s football and basketball teams. He can also be heard here at Blue Devils baseball games.
Central Connecticut State University is located in a residential neighborhood on the eastern edge of New Britain, a suburban city of 73,000 people located 12 miles from Hartford, Connecticut. The CCSU Baseball Field is located on the northeastern corner of campus, directly off of route 9. All of Central Connecticut’s athletic facilities, including Arute Field and the William H. Detrick Gymnasium are located nearby.
There are not many choices for dining or lodging immediately adjacent to the baseball field, but there is great diversity within a few miles of campus. Local restaurants feature many different ethnic styles for the visiting Blue Devil fan. Polish, Oriental, Italian and Bavarian cuisine can all be found just a short drive from the CCSU sports complex.
Fans wanting a unique experience before or after a CCSU game should check out the East Side Restaurant, a German-themed pub complete with staff in traditional Bavarian gear and all the bratwurst you could possibly desire. Other local favorites include the Underground Deli just across the street from campus on Stanley Street, and Capitol Lunch. If going there, be sure to get a Cappie Dog.
For a twist on a traditional American dish, visit Ted’s Restaurant in nearby Cromwell. Their method of cooking hamburgers in steam trays is unique to central Connecticut, and has been featured on shows such as Man vs. Food and Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
Lodging options are plentiful in nearby Farmington. Connecticut’s capital city, Hartford, is a short fifteen minute drive from Central Connecticut’s campus, and offers additional dining, lodging and entertainment options.
Fans looking for other sporting venues in the area can couple a Blue Devils baseball game with either the Hartford Yard Goats, who play at the brand new Dunkin’ Donuts Park, or the New Britain Bees, who play in nearby New Britain Stadium. If in the area in March or April, visiting fans can pair a Blue Devils baseball game with a Hartford Wolf Pack game at the XL Center.
The crowd at CCSU is of the “friends and family” variety. A typical crowd at a Blue Devils game runs between 100-300 fans. The majority of fans in attendance have a personal connection to the players on the field, and are very involved in the action. Turnout from the student body is minimal. With the small footprint of the Northeast Conference, it’s common to see many fans of the visiting team in attendance as well.
Central Connecticut State University is located nine miles southwest of Hartford. It is easily accessed via Interstates 84 and 91, which both pass by New Britain. Route 9 runs directly past the school’s athletic complex.
The CCSU Baseball Field is located at the northeast corner of campus alongside the school’s other athletic facilities. There is a small parking lot next to the ballfield. Should that lot fill up, ample additional parking is available on the far side of Arute Field. Paved walkways connect all the CCSU athletic fields, so getting around this part of campus is not an issue.
The grandstand here is dedicated to CCSU alumnus Ricky Bottalico, who is the school’s most noteworthy baseball alumnus and who donated $100,000 to the school’s scholarship fund. In recognition of his charity, the grandstand was named in his honor.
All seats in the grandstand consist of metal bleachers without backs. There is standing room along both foul lines, and many fans prefer to bring their own lawn chairs and take in the action from these vantage points.
Restroom facilities are located in the Hitchcock-Young Pavilion located on the right field side of the ballpark. The facilities are heated, which is much appreciated on a chilly Connecticut March or April afternoon.
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There is no charge to attend a Blue Devils baseball game. Likewise, parking is free in the small lot adjacent to the ball field, or in the larger lot adjacent to Arute Field. If the concession stand is closed, you will not be spending any money to take in a game at CCSU. Even when the concession stand is open, you won’t be breaking the bank if you pick up some snacks.
There’s not a whole lot that can be considered “extra” at CCSU Baseball Field. The team makes free programs available to all fans who want one. Banners honoring the school’s conference championship teams line the façade of the grandstand.
The CCSU Baseball Field is typical of many other ballparks in New England and the northeast. It’s a solid, no-frills facility built for the short college baseball season and small crowds found in this part of the country. Remember if planning a trip to Central Connecticut that the weather in March and April can be unpredictable, messing with even the best laid plans. Delays, postponements and even changes in venue are common. Be ready to change your plans at a moment’s notice.
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All home games are played at the on-campus CCSU Baseball Field, which opened in 2010. The stadium features a FieldTurf playing surface and chairback seating for the fans. CCSU has all of its sports facilities on campus with a centralized parking lot and concession/restroom building.