A new era of Penn State baseball began with the completion of the state-of-the-art Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, the new home of the Nittany Lion baseball team. The brand new facility -- completed in June of 2006 -- is arguably one of the best collegiate stadiums in the country.
Situated in the shadow of Beaver Stadium, Medlar Field is the latest addition to Penn State's "athletic campus" being developed on the Northeast edge of campus. Along with the gigantic home of Penn State football, "the Med" joins the Bryce Jordan Center, the Multi-Sport Indoor Track Facility, the brand new Astroturf Field and the newly renovated Jeffrey Field to form a collection of athletic facilities that rival any in the nation.
Located within the walls of Lubrano Park is anything and everything that a Division I baseball team needs to be successful. A spacious clubhouse welcomes the Nittany Lions with roomy wooden lockers, an expanded training room, a weight room and team lounge.
Just a few steps away from the locker room door is the entrance to what may be the most important room in the stadium when practice starts in early spring: the indoor batting cage. Standing two stories high and nearly half a football field in length, the cage also includes two dirt mounds for pitchers to work off of in inclement weather and opens directly into the Penn State bullpen on the right field line.
The ballpark's signature is the breathtaking view of legendary Mt. Nittany, a local landmark that is near and dear to the heart of every Penn Stater. With the stadium opening to the east, spectators can peer unencumbered down the Nittany Valley for miles and on a clear day Tussey Mountain Ski Resort can be seen from 10 miles away.
Seating capacity for Medlar Field is 5,406 and 20 luxury suites allow area companies to treat clients and friends to an unmatched baseball experience. A party deck along the right field line provides a good place for friends to gather and the picnic pavilion beyond the left field fence is perfect for birthday parties and group outings.
Much like the rest of the park, the dimensions of the playing field are unique as well. A relatively short 325 feet to the left field pole stretches out to the deepest part of the park, the 410 foot nook in left center field. Straightaway center is 399 feet and the 320 foot right field fence is made more daunting with an 18.55 feet high wall, which commemorates the year Penn State was founded.
A 2,500 square foot press box can accommodate traveling and local media and has private broadcast booths for up to three radio teams. A large video scoreboard towers above the left field wall capable of providing up to the minute stats and video replays.
The stadium is named for 1982 Penn State graduate Anthony Lubrano and former Nittany Lion Head Coach Charles "Chuck" Medlar. Lubrano chose to honor Coach Medlar with a generous financial gift toward the realization of the long-discussed project. Coach Medlar served at the helm of the Penn State program for 19 years and guided the Lions to two College World Series appearances.
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