UFCU Disch–Falk Field – Texas Longhorns
University of Texas Baseball
The Texas Longhorns have been playing baseball for almost 120 years, and the program is one of the most successful teams in college baseball, with a claim to six national championships. Originally playing on campus at Clark Field, the baseball program was forced out to the southeast quadrant of the campus, on the east side of interstate 35, to the current site of UFCU Disch-Falk Field in 1975.
The UFCU abbreviation stands for University Federal Credit Union, which began sponsorship in 2006. Disch-Falk Field was also named for two Longhorn coaches, Billy Disch and Bibb Falk – baseball historians may recognize Bibb Falk as the man who replaced Joe Jackson in right field after the 1919 Black Sox scandal.
UFCU Disch-Falk Field has gone through a few renovations since 1975, including the installation of FieldTurf and a new facade. The stadium dimensions are 340 feet down the left field line, 325 to right, 375 to the alleys, 405 to the corners of alleys and center, and 400 to straight away center field. The Disch-Falk Field seating capacity is currently 6,756.
Food & Beverage 4
The University of Texas concessions are consistent across all their sporting facilities. Cash or credit is accepted at all permanent concessions stands inside the ballpark, and the university employs outside vendors for many of their concessions. These vendors are 40 Acres Pizza, Chick-fil-A, Quizno’s, and various Austin food trucks; the food trucks include local favorites such as Mighty Fine Burgers and Pok-e-Jo’s, and this food model inserts a wide variety of ballpark fare for the fans.
The Homeplate concessions stand (in the home plate area) offers the obvious baseball fare such as the regular hot dog, or being in Texas, a bigger hot dog named the Longhorn is on the menu – the Longhorn dog consists of a foot-long hot dog loaded with Texas chili, queso, and pico de gallo that will fill any craving. Another good option is the sausage wrap, made up of Earl Campbell sausage, onions and grilled peppers. Lastly, the other mainstay at UFCU Disch-Falk Field is nachos – there are two choices available here, namely regular nachos or the loaded chili nachos (the loaded version has Texas chili, queso, pico de gallo, sour cream, and jalapenos).
Peanuts and pretzels cost $5 each, while popcorn costs either $4.50 or $6, depending on the size. If you like hamburgers, then there is the Steerhead Grill concessions stand, offering a Texas champions burger basket for $13; this selection includes a ⅓ lb. griddled black angus smash burger with beer battered onion rings, cheddar cheese, and thick cut bacon strips, with a signature 1883 burnt orange sauce on Texas Toast with a side of fries (a regular cheeseburger basket is almost half the price at $8).
UFCU Disch-Falk Field serves Coca-Cola products ranging in price from $5 – $8, and 20 oz. bottled water is $4 – $6.50. The ballpark also serves alcohol, with $8.50 domestic beers and wine, and $9.50 premium beers. No outside food or drink products are permitted inside the ballpark, other than an empty, reusable water bottle.
There are more than enough food and beverage items for anyone to enjoy while at UFCU Disch-Falk Field, but I suggest just snacking during the game with something small, because Austin has so many wonderful restaurants.
The atmosphere at UFCU Disch-Falk Field begins with batting practice, like a lot of ballgames around the country, as Texas fans can watch the pregame warm-up. Fans enter to the familiar music of baseball like “Put Me in Coach” or “It is a Beautiful Day for a Ballgame” on the PA system. The ballpark also uses an organ, located in the patio club area on the first baseline, to provide in game entertainment. The Dugout Store is also open for any Longhorn items that you would like to obtain while at the game.
There is a friendly feeling at UFCU Disch-Falk Field from the fans, especially in the lower season ticket areas. Also, most of the seating bowl is covered by a large roof, which is perfect for any inclement weather, along with providing shade for those hot Texas afternoons. The ballpark is built more like an AA stadium than a typical college ballpark, providing luxury yet being easy for the fans to enjoy the game. There are also two video boards, with one behind left field showing the score along with a small video screen, and the right field scoreboard being an excellent video board that shows replays and provides batting lineups and updated stats.
The familiar Texas cheers/chants/songs are in full force, with “The Eyes of Texas,” “Texas Fight!,” and “Deep in the Heart of Texas.” Smokey the Cannon celebrates Texas home runs, and the kids can run bases during Sunday games. Hook’em, the customary mascot, can also be seen throughout the ballpark, but one of the biggest things you’ll notice about the stadium is the field itself. UFCU Disch-Falk Field is FieldTurf with the only dirt area being the pitcher’s mound, and the turf around the bases is outlined with the Texas color of burnt orange.
UFCU Disch-Falk Field is situated near the east side frontage road for I-35, across from the University of Texas campus and adjacent to downtown Austin. The ballpark’s main entrance is located off Martin Luther King Blvd, along with the university’s east parking garage; the outfield fences are on Comal Street across from the Red and Charline McCombs softball field. This central area of Texas is known as the Texas Hill Country, with plenty of rivers and lakes, making Austin a wonderful recreational area.
Downtown Austin is perfect for pregame and postgame atmosphere, with plenty of bars, eateries, and food trucks lining the streets. UFCU Disch-Falk Field is a walkable distance from all of downtown, but the landscape is quite hilly, so walking may not be recommended for all.
Franklin Barbecue has earned worldwide fame as one of the best BBQ joints in the country. From celebrities stopping by to appearing on the Food Network, and of course ESPN Game Day, people flock here to join in the BBQ celebration. Keep in mind that Franklin cooks a certain amount each day, so items will sell out, and once sold out Franklin will close. This creates long lines that form hours before the 11am opening time, so don’t be surprised if you get in line at 8am and aren’t served until nearly 2pm. Weekdays typically have shorter lines than the busy weekends.
Franklin certainly serves some amazing BBQ, but if you don’t want to spend a day waiting in line, check out Stubb’s BBQ or Iron Works BBQ, which is not too far away, and will satisfy the BBQ craving. But just like Texas BBQ in Austin, Tex-Mex choices are endless, with Pelons Tex-Mex (Red River St) or Las Manitas Avenue Café (Congress) being just two places that will be glad to welcome you.
In addition to BBQ and Tex-Mex there is also the Scholz Garten close by in proximity, near the Frank Erwin Center, which has a festive atmosphere – this restaurant has a huge patio where fans can mingle before and after the game. Another place to meet and greet is The Moonshine Patio Bar and Grill, and with the growing popularity of local breweries, Austin has several outstanding options, including Wright Bros. Brew & Brew and Hops and Grain Brewing. Also, if you are a food truck junkie then you’ll love Austin – the food trucks here serve everything from donuts, BBQ, cupcakes, tacos, and even Asian cuisine.
Austin is certainly an interesting city with plenty to do around town. Besides being the state capital and home of the University of Texas, Austin could be considered the live music capital of the world. If you want to test that theory, just take a walk along 6th Street and you’ll hear someone performing. Also, the annual South by Southwest film festival and Austin City Limits music fest are staples of the Austin music and arts scene.
Besides the music, nearby Lake Travis, Lake Austin, or the Colorado River all provide water activities like kayaking and sailing. There are also trails and parks along the Colorado River that border downtown, along with numerous caverns to visit throughout the Texas Hill Country.
With a population just short of a million, Austin has plenty of lodging options – the closest to the UFCU Disch-Falk Field is the DoubleTree by Hilton (I-35N Frontage Road) just down the hill from the ballpark. The AT&T Hotel & Conference Center is also another great option just up the road on Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Or if you want to make your stay in Austin extra special, there is the Driskill (Hyatt), which is the oldest operating hotel in Austin, and well-known across Texas – this hotel is an interesting place to visit, but could be out of most people’s budget, so in the same area is another landmark, the Intercontinental Stephan F. Austin Hotel. This latter hotel was originally built in Virginia City, Texas and moved 180 miles to Austin – The Roaring Fork’s downtown Austin location is inside.
The Texas Longhorns have a great fan base, averaging close to 5,000 fans per game at UFCU Disch-Falk Field in 2017, ranking the Longhorns 8th in college baseball attendance. The fans are serious and knowledgeable about baseball, and support is shown around the ballpark with all sorts of Longhorns paraphernalia. The fans also interact at the right moments, with chants of “Texas Fight!” echoing throughout the stadium when the team needs a lift.
There are fans that station themselves beyond the outfield fence, with the traditional hanging of K’s for the Texas pitchers, and like at all Texas sporting events, there is the singing of “The Eyes of Texas,” which is sung before and after the game with the players, who stand in front of their dugout making the Longhorn sign along with the fans.
The East Campus Parking Garage replaced the old parking lot at UFCU Disch-Falk Field in 2017. No cash is accepted at the garage, as it is by permit or ($5) pre-paid (there are pre-paid parking vouchers available through the Texas athletics website). In fact, there aren’t any cash lots around the ballpark, as most fans park in the Oakwood Cemetery residential area. Beware of any permit parking lots, as you don’t want to be towed during the game, so just follow everyone else’s lead when parking in the area. Your best bet is to arrive early and look around the neighborhood from Comal St. to Chicon St. Otherwise, please visit this link for easy pre-paid parking for Texas baseball and softball games.
There are a few entrances into UFCU Disch-Falk Field – the main entrance is by the ticket office behind home plate. Entry into the park is fast and easy, and the concourses are very spacious even with the mobile concessions stands set up. The signage to the restrooms, team shop, and seating areas is very well done, so there are no issues getting to your seat or moving between sections.
Return on Investment 3
Texas Longhorns baseball ticket prices range from $7-$25, with as additional $2.25 fee when tickets are purchased thru the university’s website. The different pricing levels include general admission at $7 for youth (ages 2-18) and $9 for adults – the general admission seats are located on the concrete steps down the left field line. However, the best value is the $17 reserved seats, which are all located under the ballpark roof and above the small walkway.
The higher priced tickets at UFCU Disch-Falk Field are situated below the walkway, but are less available to the public, as the Longhorns have a large season ticket holder fan base. That said, the amount of money you will spend really depends on you. Free parking is available, tickets can be had for $7-$14 for most games, and if you add in a drink and snack for the game, you are most likely looking at spending about $25 per person for a trip to UFCU Disch-Falk.
The stadium’s infrastructure along Martin Luther King Blvd has championship banners located along the outer wall of the facility, while the main entrance near the ticket booth features busts commemorating past coaches. Remarkably there have only been five coaches since 1911, demonstrating the stability of the Texas baseball program over the years. In addition, on both sides of the press box are retired numbers from within the Texas Longhorns baseball program, including that of Roger Clemens, who pitched here in 1982-83. The East parking garage (used by season ticket holders) also blocks your view of the interstate, and thus provides the ballpark with a neighborhood setting instead of a downtown city ballpark feel.
UFCU Disch-Falk Field is a top-notch baseball facility for any level of the sport, and seems more along the lines of a minor league ballpark. The atmosphere of 5,000 dedicated fans on any given night, along with a team having a solid winning program, makes a trip to Austin and Disch-Falk Field a must on any baseball fan’s list. If you can, schedule your trip in Mid-March, as Austin’s famous SXSW festival will be in full swing, which is a great time to enjoy the City of Austin.
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Latest Crowd Reviews
I do want to start off by saying they take cash to park. There are attendants as you turn off of Comal Street that will take cash and give you a pass for 5. I love the food options although the prices are pretty steep. The food trucks are amazing and I would choose that over normal concessions almost every time. I&#039m a huge fan of the school, but the fans at the game can be pretty comatose sometimes - at least when things aren&#039t going their way. Overall great atmosphere for a game though.