LEWIS FIELD AT CLARK-LeCLAIR STADIUM
Built in 2004, Lewis Field at Clark-LeClair Stadium, which arguably rates as one of the top collegiate baseball facilities in the nation, is the home of the East Carolina baseball team. Construction began in May of 2004 and was completed in March of 2005.
The design plan for the facility, which was built on the old site of Harrington Field, increased the seating capacity to 3,000 (permanent seating) and can hold upwards of 2,000 additional spectators in the elevated berm area known as the "Williams Jungle". With an estimated price tag of $12 million, Clark-LeClair Stadium, which was named after Pirate alumnus and key contributor Bill Clark and former Pirate skipper Keith LeClair, nearly doubled Harrington Field's capacity of approximately 1,750 (excluding outfield areas). Field area was named after E.R. Lewis Construction.
The playing surface consists of Celebration Bermuda turf while the infield is a clay base and the warning track will be composed of crushed brick. New lights were also included in the construction of the stadium, which will meet NCAA and all television specifications.
Among the features are indoor and outdoor batting cages, a VIP booth, picnic areas, coaches' offices and a video scoreboard (which was installed in February 2004). Player amenities include a spacious clubhouse and locker room, onsite equipment and training rooms and video system to study player mechanics. Other amenities include chair back seating, modern concession stands and ample rest room facilities.
To accommodate the writers and broadcasters covering the nationally-ranked Pirates, a state-of-the-art press box features a main writing level and two overflow areas that can seat 30 media members comfortably, a TV broadcast location, two radio booths, a Pirate Club (fundraising/hospitality) suite and a viewing suite for the LeClair family. In addition to housing the video operations that streams all of ECU's home games live online, it is also the stadium operations control center for all of the marketing promotions efforts.
Recent additions to Clark-LeClair Stadium include a new batter's eye, outfield fence with black padded walls and protective netting down the first and third base bleachers in 2007 to enhance the aesthetic appeal of the playing area. In the winter of 2009 field turf was installed behind the plate with the words "Pirates" inscribed.
On April 22, 2009 the Pirates set the state record for largest crowd to witness a college baseball game on campus when they played host to then No. 1 North Carolina. ECU cruised to a 4-0 win over its in-state rival behind a brilliant pitching performance from Kevin Brandt, who allowed five hits in 8 1/3 innings and struck out 10 batters.