On April 2, 2013, Golden Gopher Baseball started a new chapter in its rich history. A grand opening was held for the newly constructed Siebert Field with the first game set that same week for April 5 against Ohio State. New Siebert Field, which was built on the existing field, broke ground on June 18, 2012. A $7.2 million project raised primarily by donations, completed field work on Sept. 30, while the full project was completed by Dec. 28. Only 291 calendar days elapsed since the groundbreaking to the home opener.
A sign of the times as the previous Siebert Field had natural grass, new Siebert has Mondo Sports Turf throughout the entire field, with the exception of clay at the mound and home plate. Seating 1,420, the facility also has three berm seating areas with two along both dugouts and another beyond the left field wall.
Siebert Field Facts:
Total project cost - $7.2 million
Broke ground, June 18, 2012
Field completed for team's fall practice on Sept. 30, 2012
Facility ready for first game - April 5, 2013 v. Ohio State Buckeyes
Seats - Total 1,420 (494 Chair back, 902 Bench seats, 24 ADA)
Additional seating available on two grass berms inside the stadium, and one beyond left field wall
Dimensions: Left Field 330', Left Field Power Alley 365', Center Field 390', Right Field Power Alley 365', Right Field 330'
Playing surface - MONDO Sport Turf, Ecofill (copyright) Pro Series 3NX FTS; All areas turf except for home plate and mound, clay
New Daktronics Scoreboard - 36' W x 30' H, which includes a 23' W x 12' H video board
Two points of access with ticket booths off of 8th St. SE and 5th St. SE pedestrian bridge
Even though Siebert is an artificial turf field, the site includes over 4100 sq. yards of new sod
General Contractor - PCL Construction, Inc. – Minneapolis
Architect - DLR Group - Minneapolis
Phase II (TBD) - Will include indoor training facility, lights, home and visitor locker rooms, offices, umpires locker room and canopy