FACILITIES & DIRECTIONS
Originally dedicated on April 29, 1978 as Chaparral Stadium, Hays Field is considered one of the premier collegiate diamonds between Austin and Albuquerque. In 1999, Chaparral Stadium was renamed Hays Field to honor the L.D., Pearl, Larry, and Daren Hays families for their dedication and commitment to the ideals and values of Lubbock Christian University.
Since 1978, several improvements have been made to the stadium. Lights were installed in 1981, and a cyclone-type fence was erected prior to the 1985 season. Although Hays Field adopted its Astroturf infield two years after it opened, new turf was added in 1999 along with a new inning by inning scoreboard. The eight-foot outfield fence is now made of cinder block with a 14 foot centerfield hitting backdrop and a 10 foot crushed brick warning track.
Occupying four acres on the southern end of the Lubbock Christian University campus, Hays Field hosted the NAIA Area II Tournament in its first year and was the site of the 1981, 1982, and 1983 NAIA World Series. Additionally, it hosted the 1987 Area II Tournament, the District VIII Tournaments in 1987 and 1991, and the 1999 NAIA Southern Regional Baseball Tournament, and the 2006 Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament.
The playing dimensions of Hays Field measure 340 feet down the lines, 380 feet to the power alleys, and 400 feet to straight away center. There are approximately 1,500 permanent stadium seats located behind home plate with additional bleacher seating for up to 3,000 down both base lines.
Hays Field began undergoing its most recent and extensive renovation in January 2005. The 1.2 million dollar revitalization project was designed to help Hays Field maintain its status as one of the premier college baseball facilities in the southwestern portion of the United States.
Although the press box already incorporated a public address system, electronic scoreboard, and media broadcasting room, the renovation has doubled the size of the box to improve game administration. Two private broadcast booths now sit beside the expanded game administration area, and a hospitality room for meetings, luncheons, and other special events now overlooks the Hays Field courtyard.
In addition, the renovation remodeled the rest rooms, more than doubling their size, and updated the concession stand, which is now a full-service facility and doubles as a gift shop selling Lubbock Christian University Chaparral Baseball attire.
The most striking feature to those who head to Hays field for the first time is the red brick facade, consistent with the newest trend of Lubbock Christian University architecture. Designed in the tradition of the nostalgic Major League Ballparks, and Ranger's Ballpark in Arlington in particular, the Hays Field press box comes complete with matching ticket booth and professional landscaping.
City Bank Clubhouse
The City Bank Clubhouse features offices, training room, umpires dressing room, hitting cages, storage rooms and the Melakian Family Locker Room. The foyer is detailed with historic LCU baseball murals, award honorees and trophycases displaying honors throughout the LCU history. The Melakian Family Locker Room is a state-of-the-art locker room highlighted with an entry-way displaying the former Chaps that have made their way into the Major Leagues.