J.C. Love Field
at Pat Patterson Park
Entering its 44th year of service, modern J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park continues to be one of the top playing facilities in the South. Since the facility opened in 1971, the stadium has seen the Bulldogs amass an impressive 752-410-1 (.647) home record.
The facility has undergone several renovations in recent years. The outfield fence has been moved back as much as 20 feet in some places and has been raised. The dimensions of the field are now (left-to-right) 315-370-385-340-325. Other renovations include a new paint job, a new warning track and new lockers for the Bulldogs. Windscreens down the left-and right-field lines were added, as well as a visitors' bullpen.
In 2008, a brand-new scoreboard was installed beyond the right field wall and a smaller scoreboard display behind home plate. The smaller display faces the outfield and the University Park Apartments that sit beyond the left field fence. Approximately 400 new chairback seats were also added to the existing 300 to give more options to Tech season ticket holders.
A new press box was constructed in time for Tech to host the 2008 Western Athletic Conference Tournament for the first time in the school's history. It features two radio booths, a television booth, ample seating for media members, high-speed internet connections and multiple phone lines.
On May 22, 2008, the facility was rededicated as J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in honor of Tech legend, Pat "Gravy" Patterson. In his honor, an outfield wall sign that bears a picture of the former coach in his Tech jersey with the years he coached and his record was installed in left-center field. His name has also been imprinted on the outside wall of the press box that faces Tech Drive, and it has been added to the top panel on the scoreboard in right field.
Centrally located on the Louisiana Tech campus, the facility features a seating capacity of 2,000, many of which are chairback seats for added comfort. The ballpark also boasts large picnic and viewing areas beyond the outfield wall that are very popular with Tech fans and the infamous "Right Field Rowdies."
J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park also features complete team facilities underneath the main stadium structure, including two locker rooms, showers, training rooms and coaches' offices. A players' lounge was built adjacent to the home locker room and restroom facilities are located behind the third base dugout. An enclosed batting tunnel is located down the left-field line.
Tech's baseball surface has been expertly manicured and is one of the finest playing surfaces available. It features a fully-automated sprinkler system. Lights were installed prior to the 1978 season. In 1997, a school-record 3,251 fans packed the stadium and the hills beyond the outfield to watch the Bulldogs play eventual national champion LSU.
The facility, known as Tech Stadium until 1982, was named in honor of J.C. Love, a Ruston businessman who whole-heartedly supported the Tech baseball program and the university.