One of the most picturesque ballparks in the nation, Tointon Family Stadium has played a major role in Kansas State’s successful rise to prominence over the past decade and has turned the venue into a true home-field advantage. Named in honor Bob and Betty Tointon – the principle benefactors of the stadium improvements – the $3.1 million improvement project in the early 2000s turned the then-50-year-old stadium into not only one of the finest in the Midwest, but also in the fiercely competitive Big 12 Conference.
Officially dedicated on April 20, 2002, before the Wildcats’ tilt with Texas, every facet of the stadium was improved, resulting in a fabulous new home for the Wildcats with a permanent season capacity for more than 2,300 fans.
Also included in the new improvements was a 3,150-square-foot locker room complete with custom-built wood lockers, bathrooms, shower facilities and a team room with a flatscreen TV and leather couches. The team is also fortunate to have a sports medicine training room, equipment room and weight room as the John Allen Strength Center is located under the first base grandstand. The coaches also have spacious offices inside the stadium as well as a coaches’ locker room.
Most recently, the facility hosted the 2013 NCAA Manhattan Regional, the first in program history. Tointoin Family Stadium hosted top-seeded Kansas State, No. 2-seed Arkansas, third-seeded Bryant and No. 4-seed Wichita State. Behind the stellar home-field advantage provided by the fans, K-State swept the regional and advanced to the program's first Super Regional appearance.
In the summer of 2011, a state-of-the-art AstroTurf GameDay Grass 3D60 infill system was installed on the entire playing surface, replacing the former artificial turf on the infield and warning track as well as the natural grass outfield and bullpens. A natural grass-colored surface was installed in the infield, outfield and foul territory areas, while the traditional clay-infield color covers the warning track, base paths, infield dirt area and the home-plate circle. Additionally, permanent white lines were installed for the foul lines and the batter’s boxes. The renovation keeps K-State at the forefront of infill field technology while maximizing the opportunities to practice and compete in all weather conditions.
The facility also has first-class amenities for Wildcat fans as chairback seats were installed in place of bench seating behind home plate prior to the 2008 season, while protective netting was added above the dugouts prior to 2011. The stadium boasts comfortable seating and great sightlines for all fans, as well as convenient restroom and concession areas.
Also, fans have the ability to watch the action from one of five club suites that not only includes the usual comforts of indoor seating, but outdoor seating in purple chairbacks. Surrounding these suites is a 1,380-square-feet press facility that includes a main press area, radio booths for home and visiting radio as well as a television broadcast booth.
The exterior of the stadium constructed of limestone to match the exterior of many of the campus buildings, including the university’s most prominent building, Anderson Hall.
The 1,500-square-foot John Allen Strength Center is located behind the first base dugout of the stadium and gives the Wildcat program one of the top weight facilities on-site in the country. The home of full-time strength coach Scott Bird, the John Allen Strength Center is named in honor of John Allen, the former chief operating officer of the Cincinnati Reds, who provided the gift to equip and furnish the new baseball strength training area at Tointon Family Stadium.
In the fall of 2003, a lighting system, an electronic scoreboard and a permanent ticket booth were added to the facility. The lighting system boasts 152 fixtures mounted on eight poles. Together, they provide 100 footcandles in the infield and 70 footcandles to the outfield, which meet Class I IEC standards for collegiate baseball venues.
The facility, which was famous for years for its use of a manually-operated scoreboard, uses a Daktronics scoreboard that provides basic statistics and features an electronic message center for additional live game and player information.
The stadium was originally dedicated on April 7, 1961, in honor of one-time baseball coach Frank Myers. A student and/or faculty member for over 50 years at K-State, Myers served as head basketball coach in 1921 and 1922, and he worked with the Wildcat baseball team for four years – one year as co-head coach with Dougal Russell in 1940 and three years as an assistant. He retired from the university in 1962 before dying at the age of 81 in 1973.
Tointon Family Stadium is nestled southwest of Bramlage Coliseum among stately pine trees that line the entire outfield wall.
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The new 1,500 square foot John Allen Strength Center is located behind the first base dugout of the stadium and also houses the office of the program's full-time strength coach.
Allen, the former chief operating officer of the Cincinnati Reds, provided the gift to equip and furnish the new baseball strength training area at Tointon Family Stadium.
The baseball-only weight room features four Power Lift half racks for core exercises, including squat and bench lifts; two Vertimax Platforms and Plyo Press for concentration on lower body strength, explosion and quickness; a Life Fitness cable motion pulley machine which provides motion training for pitchers and hitters in a versatile set of exercises; a full set of Iron Grip dumbbells; Life Fitness cardiovascular exercise machines and a wide variety; three Glute Ham Raise machines by Power Lift and power development equipment by Speed City.
"We feel this is a big advantage in the recruiting process as very few baseball programs across the country have their own strength coach and training facility," Coach Brad Hill said. " Important questions recruits ask when making campus visits focus on with throwing harder, being quicker and faster, developing more power and bat speed, staying healthy and becoming more flexible. Thanks to John Allen, these questions and issues can be addressed first-hand at Tointon Stadium in a strength center that features state-of-the-art training equipment designed for baseball players."