USF Baseball Stadium – South Florida Bulls

by | Nov 26, 2017 | Chris Green, NCAA Baseball |

Fanfare Score

Total Score
4.14

Crowd Score

Total Score
4

 

 

Stunning Views in Tampa

USF baseball may not be as popular as the baseball programs at some of the other major schools in Florida (such as Florida State, the University of Florida, or UCF), but USF Baseball Stadium is easily one of the most visually stunning and impressive college baseball venues in the state. Sporting a unique twin-stadium setup with USF’s softball field, this facility offers the best in comfort, viewing angle, and overall experience for both hardcore and visiting fans alike.

Food & Beverage 3

The food options at USF Baseball Stadium are what one would expect from a college sporting event, and the concessions stands look top-quality. Featuring multiple stations and lines to help keep congestion down, getting a snack is smooth and painless. In addition, you are likely to find a great deal depending on what day you visit. At Tuesday home games, for example, fans can get $2 hot dogs, pretzels, popcorn, or small sodas, while all Wednesday games feature $2 hot dogs.

Atmosphere 5

USF Baseball Stadium is stunning. With two patios behind first and third base, plenty of seating to pick from, and viewing berms that extend along both foul lines, you have no shortage of places to sit and watch the game. The seats themselves are contoured, meaning you fit into the seat rather than just sit on it. There is covered patio on the upper deck along the first base line, called the Donaldson Patio, which gives you an elevated view of the action. The best part of this section is that it also offers views of the USF Softball Stadium on the other railing, as both venues are connected.

USF Baseball Stadium’s entrance area features ticket offices for future games, schedules for both USF softball and baseball teams, and a team store for fans to get the latest gear.

Neighborhood 4

USF is located just north of downtown Tampa. The Tampa Bay area as a whole has experienced a revitalization recently, with both Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, and the various other suburbs getting an influx of new restaurants, shopping areas, and more. The campus is also close to major highways, making exploring the greater bay area rather easy for visiting fans. Hotels line the roadways outside of campus, as do restaurants and stores. And being located along the west coast of Florida not far from the water, you are sure to feel a cool breeze off the Gulf, to help with the warmth of Florida’s sun.

Fans 3

The fans at USF Baseball Stadium are varied, from students to older fans who love the game of baseball. On nights that feature big games and rivalry matchups, the stands are full. However, lower division opponents draw more modest crowds that aren’t as diehard as some fans are. While they are no less passionate, and cheer for their hometown Bulls with every big swing of the bat, fans on these nights can seem a bit disinterested at times.

Access 4

USF’s campus is located within easy driving distance of I-75 and I-275, and the campus is pretty easy to navigate as well. Signage lets you know where the various sports stadiums are, and once you get to USF Baseball Stadium, parking options are plentiful across the street at the Sun Dome, home of USF basketball.

Once inside USF Baseball Stadium, it is pretty easy to get around from one side of the field to the other.

Return on Investment 5

Tickets at USF Baseball Stadium run starting as low as $5 for general admission, which is any seat not at field level behind home plate (those seats can be more expensive, and include padded seats).

With concessions reasonably priced and parking free, you end up with a pretty affordable game at a top-quality D-1 college baseball venue.

Extras 5

The stadium’s proximity to USF’s other athletic fields, not just USF Softball Stadium, makes it a great place for fans to be able to jump from game to game whenever they want to catch more than one sport in a day’s visit. USF Baseball Stadium also posts the schedules of both softball and baseball outside by the main entrance, as well as the starting lineups for both teams before the first pitch.

Fans also have the ability to purchase USF items from the team store, which is located next to the concessions stand on the lower level.  Also, as stated before the Donaldson Patio is arguably the best place to catch a game at USF Baseball Stadium, with an upper level view of the field as well as comfortable tables to sit at.

In addition, team offers free giveaways at every game, from posters of the teams to t-shirts and other memorabilia.

Final Thoughts

USF Baseball Stadium is one of the most stunning in Florida, let alone Tampa. Great for families and diehard fans alike, the home of the South Florida Bulls is a must-visit for any sports fan passing through the area. Not to be outdone by its competitors, USF Baseball Stadium deserves billing as one of the most comfortable and well designed in college baseball.

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Food and Drink Recommendations

Chili’s Grill & Bar

2903 N Dale Mabry Hwy

Tampa, FL 33607

(813) 875-2314

https://www.chilis.com/


Panera Bread

3420 W Doctor M.L.K. Jr Blvd

Tampa, FL 33607

(813) 443-4909

https://www.panerabread.com/


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Entertainment Recommendations

International Plaza and Bay Street

2223 N. West Shore Blvd

Tampa, FL 33607

(813) 342-3790

http://www.shopinternationalplaza.com/


Cigar City Brewing Company

3924 W Spruce St

Tampa, FL 33607

(813) 348-6363

https://cigarcitybrewing.com/


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Lodging Recommendations

 

Tampa Stadium Hotel

4750 N Dale Mabry Hwy

Tampa, FL 33614

(813) 877-6061

http://tampastadiumhotel.us/


 

Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore

2225 N Lois Ave

Tampa, FL 33607

(813) 877-6688

http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/hilton-tampa-airport-westshore/


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Crowd Reviews

Latest Crowd Reviews

Date: 2017-11-26 02:10:02
By: Aaron S. Terry

Total Score
4

Review by Harrison Huntley: During a wild period of conference realignment, many smaller schools saw an opportunity to take a big step to relevancy. Some schools, like USF, started large-scale renovations of their athletic facilities in an attempt to move to a bigger conference. Since baseball is so popular in Florida, a baseball stadium should be one of the most important athletic facilities to this school. Overall, USF did a great job with their stadium. The atmosphere combined with the location make for a great experience. This park doesn&#039t come with any bells and whistles, but baseball is the kind of event that doesn&#039t necessarily need that. As long as your park feels somewhat professional and has nice scenery, there&#039s not always a need. Many probably overlook USF Baseball Stadium, since it&#039s small, simple, or not home to a famous baseball team. From my experience there, I would encourage you not to do the same. This ballpark provides the perfect setting to relax on a weekend afternoon. No, it doesn&#039t offer the same kind of entertainment you would find at a minor league ballpark, but at the same time, it doesn&#039t try to. USF seems content to have a simple atmosphere that doesn&#039t distract from the game and in my opinion, it should stay that way.

Stadium Info

USF Baseball Stadium
4202 E Fowler Ave
Tampa, FL 33620

South Florida Bulls website

USF Baseball Stadium website

Year Opened: 2011

Capacity: 3,211

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