Details specific to McKie Field:
Field lights are available
Field has seating for 600
Public restrooms are within the facility
Rental does not include access to the indoor batting facility
Rental fee includes access to the facility, field preparation and one on-site facility supervisor.
On March 24, 2002, the Miami baseball team opened a new chapter in its history when it opened Stanley G. McKie Field at Joseph P. Hayden Jr. Park. Over 1,100 fans were in attendance for the RedHawks game against Purdue that day, and since then the friendly confines of McKie Field have become a signature of Red and White baseball.
Former Houston Astro and Miami ballplayer Bill Doran '79 officially started that first game by throwing the ceremonial first pitch to Don Crain '70. Tossing the real first pitch for the RedHawks was senior Russ Bayer to Purdue's Adam Fazio. Four pitches later on a 3-1 count Fazio slapped a single through the right side for the first hit at RedHawks' new confines.
McKie Field is complete with a fully operational press box, a luxury suite, two heated dugouts with bathrooms, the Smokey Alston room, two bullpens separate from the field, as well as an indoor hitting facility down the left field line. The field can accommodate over 1000 fans easily and has a picnic area located down the right field line.
The scoreboard, located in left center field, is complete with a message board at the bottom. It also features a display of the speed of each pitch thrown.
In 2003, the pressbox was named the "Dave Young Pressbox" in honor of former Sports Information Director Dave Young.
In the spring of 2013, Miami announced plans for the Legacy Project at Hayden Park. The Legacy Project, expected to be completed following the 2015 season, will be located along the left-field line of McKie Field at Hayden Park and will include new locker room facilities, coaches offices and training and equipment rooms. Keying the fundraising effort was a $1 million matching gift from the family of Joseph P. Hayden (Jr. and III). More than 70 donors, including alumni, parents and friends of Miami Baseball, have contributed $3 million to the effort. That project broke ground in April during the 2014 season and is expected to be completed following the 2015 campaign.
FIELD FIRSTS Date: Sunday, March 24, 2002 Temperature: 52 degrees, sunny with scattered clouds First Pitch (time): 12:59 p.m. Home Plate Umpire: Randy Bachman Attendance: 1,178 Final Score: Boilermakers 8 - RedHawks 0 Time of Game: 2:19