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The home of University of Nevada baseball since 1988 and one of the premier college baseball facilities on the West Coast got even better prior to the 2006 season as William Peccole Park underwent a major renovation as three monumental improvements were made to the park. FieldTurf was installed on the field replacing the grass playing surface, lights were installed, and a new fence now surrounds the outfield. These improvements were made through funds provided by several sources both private, and public. The Pack baseball would like to thank SNC Construction Inc., Artistic Fence Co., Odyssey Engineering Inc., and Pezonella Associates Inc. for their contributions to the project.
FieldTurf is an artificial playing surface that will allow the Wolf Pack to play and practice in all types of weather and conditions. The synthetic surface allows for maximum drainage which should keep the Pack on the field and not force the cancellation of games. The only dirt area on the Peccole Park playing surface is the pitching mound. The home plate area, base paths, and warning track are rust colored FieldTurf. The foul lines are cut in white FieldTurf.
Through and an agreement with the Golden Baseball League the Reno Silver Sox played its inaugural season at Peccole Park in 2006. The agreement helped finance the installation of the lights which will allowed the Wolf Pack to play night games for the first time in the history of Peccole Park during the 2006 season. The GBL is a seven-team professional independent league that has teams based in Reno, Chico, Calif., Fullerton, Calif., Long Beach, Calif., San Diego, Calif., Yuma, Ariz., and St. George, Utah.
The outfield fence was replaced with a green slatted, 12-foot high chain link fence. The new fence is four feet higher that the previous wooden fence while the batters eye in centerfield is 20-feet high.
The cost of the latest renovation projects was 1.6 million dollars.
Originally constructed in 1988 and gradually expanded three times, Peccole Park now features a seating capacity of 3,000. A media-friendly and newly named Link Piazzo Press Box, Wolf Pack locker facilities, restrooms, concession stands, two bullpens, and batting cages complement the on-campus facility.
The University of Nevada baseball program was almost discontinued as a collegiate sport but, thanks to the generosity of alum and donor William Peccole, the Wolf Pack program was saved and a new field was built on campus. The field began to take shape in 1987 with an initial $300,000 donation from Peccole, along with assistance from local contractors who donated time and materials to the project. The Wolf Pack played their first season in Peccole Park in 1988 posting a 17-12 record. Another $300,000 gift from Peccole in 1992 built restroom facilities and seating down first and third base. Additional donations helped pave the parking lot and make continued improvements to the stadium. Peccole’s finincial support of the park that bears his name totaled $600,000.
The 1995 off-season produced upgrades of the restroom facilities, concessions facilities, and the addition of parking to better handle the crowds that have responded to Nevada’s baseball success.
During the summer of 1997, a state-of-the-art indoor batting and pitching facility was added and the entire infield was upgraded and resodded.
Since first setting foot on Peccole’s surface, Nevada has truly enjoyed a home-field advantage. The Wolf Pack posted a perfect 27-0 home mark in 1992 and overall, Nevada is 327-159(.672). “Our players and coaches are proud of this ballpark and of the way the community has supported us,” head coach Gary Powers said.
In 1998, the team’s 11th year at Peccole, the Wolf Pack won for the 200th time in the park, and defeated Saint Mary’s College 21-10 on March 12, 2005 to record the 300th victory at the on-campus facility. The Wolf Pack have posted just one losing season at Peccole, that coming in 2005 when the team went 10-12 in Reno.
“Our fans are special to our program,” Powers said. “Peccole Park is a special place to play. It has one of the greatest home-field environments on the West Coast. “When you have a big-time facility like this, you have a chance to build something special in your program.”
What had started out as little more than a playing surface and fence has grown into a facility that hosted an average of 1,148 fans in 2005, the 46th-highest attendance average in the nation last season. Peccole Park has seen 13 of the top 20 crowds in park history in the last six seasons with a record crowd of 2,627 fans attending the April 4, 2004 Rice game. Nevada played 22 home games in 2000 and for the first time in Peccole Park history the attendance never dipped below 1,000 fans for the entire season.
Nevada has ranked among the national attendance leaders in 10 of the last 11 seasons: No. 21 in 1995, No. 24 in 1997, No. 32 in 1998, No. 31 in 1999, No. 29 in 2000, No. 35 in 2001, No. 35 in 2002, No. 39 in 2003, No. 42 in 2004, and No. 46 in 2005.
Directions to Peccole Park
From Reno-Tahoe International Airport:Take 395 north and exit at Interstate 80 west and exit at Virginia Street. Turn right (north) on Virginia Street. Take a right on Ninth Street, which turns into Evans Ave.; take Evans Ave. for approximately 1.0 mile. Peccole Park is on the left.
From Interstate 80: