Frank Eck Baseball Stadium

Upon its opening in 1994, the 2,500-seat Frank Eck Stadium became the latest jewel among Notre Dame's ever-expanding athletic facilities.

Located on the southeast corner of campus, Eck Stadium has become a favorite with the Irish baseball team as Notre Dame has posted a 503-187-2 home mark (for a .723 winning percentage) heading into the 2021 campaign.

Eck Stadium includes spacious home and visitor locker-room areas, meeting rooms and coaching facilities for each team.

The stadium also houses a press box overlooking home plate and a 2,500-seat grandstand with space to add more seating in the future. The stadium is illuminated by a state-of-the-art lighting system, allowing for night play.

The locker space was completely overhauled with the installation of 36 brand new, 30-inch wood lockers including four specially designed corner lockers for the catchers. Lastly, new flat screen, high definition televisions and state-of-the-art RightView Pro technology was installed. Equipped with natural grass for the stadium’s first 20 seasons, the playing surface received an upgrade before the 2014 season as the artificial surface FieldTurf was laid down at the Eck. The state-of-the-art surface covers the entire field, including the pitching mound, and saw the Irish go 5-1 against Atlantic Coast Conference foes Pittsburgh and Clemson to end the 2014 season after the team played at different stadiums around the region for the first 17 home games of the year as the surface was completed.

A new era at Frank Eck Stadium began in January of 2000, as a 9,000-square foot indoor hitting and pitching facility was completed in time for preseason workouts.

The facility, which got a major facelift in 2012, is located adjacent to the left field line. It includes wall-to-wall synthetic turf floor; four full and two half batting cages on a track system which allows for retraction; permanent pitching mounds within the tunnels; and an “Iron Mike” pitching machine, with automatic ball feeder and remote control. The newest addition to the facility, thanks to the Joseph T. Mendelson Endowment, is a video system called HitTrax, which records and analyzes each player in the batting cages and provides instant statistical feedback to the coaches and players on how to improve their swings. The data that is captured includes pitch velocity, pitch movement and location, ball exit speed and launch angles. The gaming module can put players in competition with one another in a virtual game played in a big league park.

The 120′ x 80′ facility includes men’s and women’s restrooms and a classroom for video analysis. The building is outfitted with complete central air conditioning and heating, plus a lighting setup that matches Major League standards. A final addition was six cardiovascular exercise machines-including two stair masters, three stationary bicycles and a treadmill, which allow maximum conditioning opportunities. The Irish combine use of the new indoor facility (for pitching, hitting and catching) with the existing Loftus Center (used primarily for defensive fundamentals and base running).

Eck Stadium boasts a spacious press box that is located directly behind home plate.

The press box can be outfitted to comfortably seat 25 staff and media members and provides a panoramic view of Eck Stadium, in addition to the outlying athletics facilities that feature practice sessions and games involving the Irish football, soccer and lacrosse teams. Other amenities within the press box include a restroom and storage area, plus a 42-inch flat screen TV with HD/DVR capabilities, series of video monitors that provide real-time game stats and updated season stats for each player as the game progresses. One other addition beginning with the 2000 season was an enclosed, near-soundproof booth within the press box that is used for TV and radio broadcasts.

At the 1995 Notre Dame alumni game, the University officially named Eck Stadium’s playing surface Jake Kline Field, in honor of the program’s winningest coach. Kline won 558 games in his 42-year career (1934-75).

The 2006 season featured a record-setting, season-long turnout at Jake Kline Field at Frank Eck Stadium – with an average of 2,514 fans per game including seven of the eight largest crowds in the stadium’s history. A sampling of the teams from the May 7, 2006, edition of Baseball America’s top-25 poll showed that Notre Dame’s record-setting home attendance average ranked 11th-highest among those elite top-25 teams.

Both programs also utilize the Loftus Center and Haggar Fitness Center for indoor training and off-pitch weight work.


nickname The Eck
purpose Practice & Competition
Record 503-187-2 (.723) at the end of the 2019 season
Square feet 14,211
Capacity 2,500
Attendance Record 3,927 vs. West Virginia on April 21, 2007 (17-6)
Most Attended Season 2006 (2,514 average; 60.334 overall; season high: 3,507 vs. Rutgers on April 21, 2006; 2nd highest attendance overall) - included seven of top eight all-time attending games.
Year Opened 1994
First Game March 30, 1994 vs. Indiana (7-6)
Surface Type Artificial Surface (FieldTurf)
Postseason Events Held 1999 South Bend Regional, 2001 South Bend Regional, 2002 South Bend Regional, 2004 South Bend Regional