It's back: our Best of the Ballparks fan vote, College Baseball edition! Our staff has selected 64 of the top Division I and DIvision II ballparks in the NCAA as the base of our Best of the Ballparks brackets. Six rounds of voting will yield a fan choice for the Best of the Ballparks.
How did we arrive at this list of top college ballparks? We began with a much, much longer list of contenders. In recent years we've seen colleges up their games when it came to facilities, which makes compiling a list like this to be such a challenge. Some are here because of intense fan popularity in a prior poll, some are here because of great developmental facilities, some are here because we find them architectually interesting and some are here because of historical significance. The rankings are very loose, so please don't take offense if your favorite ballpark has a low seeding in these brackets or was excluded from the vote. The last time we held a college ballpark poll, we promised if fans showed enough interest in a college-baseball vote (more than 10,000 participants), we'll bring it back with an expanded 64-ballpark field. And here we are.
O’Brate Stadium (Oklahoma State University) is our top seed after winning our last competition; Baum-Walker Stadium (University of Arkansas) was the runner-up and accordingly receives the #2 seed.
We are not including Omaha's TD Ameritrade Park: yes, it was built to host college baseball, but college baseball on a unique scale.
Here is our schedule:
First Round: Completed
Second Round: Completed
Third Round: Completed
Semifinals Round: Completed
Quarterfinals Round: Completed
Finals Round: Now through March 27, midnight