The New Alex Box Awaits Its Roars and Memories

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The glory and mystique of LSU Tiger baseball has a new home. LSU baseball traditions of NCAA championships, SEC titles, all-Americans, and the greatest fans in the college game have taken residence at the New Alex Box Stadium, a gleaming facility that will drive revenue, aid in recruiting, and become home to a new generation of Tiger champions.

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The new stadium has a key role in driving revenue, aiding in recruiting, and maintaining the stature of the program. Every attention was given to replicate the intrinsic qualities and characteristics of the original Alex Box. The field layout and dimensions, bleacher areas, and the north to northeast orientation are exactly the same at the new stadium.

The glory and mystique of LSU Tiger baseball has a new home. LSU baseball traditions of NCAA championships, SEC titles, all-Americans, and the greatest fans in the college game have taken residence at the New Alex Box Stadium, a gleaming facility that will drive revenue, aid in recruiting, and become home to a new generation of Tiger champions.

The DLR Group / Grace & Hebert Architects, APAC stadium design team committed to melding the history of LSU baseball and the special kinship fans shared with the revered Alex Box Stadium in the new design. The vision was to transfer that passion and emotion to a state of the art college baseball facility.

"The New Alex Box is the finest college baseball stadium in the land," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "LSU fans are the greatest and they will be able to enjoy Tiger baseball like never before. Our fan amenities, player development areas, and coaching offices are unmatched and that will translate into wins on the field, achievement in the classroom, and continuing success for our program."

Fans now cheer "Geaux Tigers" in a modern $37.7 million facility with a capacity of 9,207 featuring more than 4,000 chairback seats. There are 18 suites with private box seats and the design includes structure ready to accommodate 12 additional suites in the future.

The new Alex Box also features an air conditioned club lounge underneath the seating bowl reminiscent of a major league stadium club.

Baton Rouge-based Grace & Hebert Architects is architect of record for the project with DLR Group providing baseball design expertise. Both firms were conscious of the need for the stadium design to not only maintain, but elevate, the prominence of LSU baseball to keep it at the forefront of college baseball programs.

"Alex Box Stadium is as much a part of LSU baseball as Skip Bertman, Ben McDonald, or the five College World Series trophies," said DLR Group Designer Greg Garlock, AIA, LEED AP. "The new stadium has a key role in driving revenue, aiding in recruiting, and maintaining the stature of the program. Every attention was given to replicate the intrinsic qualities and characteristics of the original Alex Box. The field layout and dimensions, bleacher areas, and the north to northeast orientation are exactly the same at the new stadium."

"The New Alex Box is a tipping point in ushering in a new design era on campus," said Sean Johnson, AIA, LEED AP, Design Director and Partner at Grace & Hebert. "The design is true to LSU's style and color palette while bringing the touch, feel, and smell of LSU baseball from Alex Box to the new stadium. It's the same game day experience as at the original Alex Box, only better."

Features of the New Alex Box include:

  •     1,860 square foot LSU locker room
  •     540 square foot visitor locker room
  •     7,880 square foot player development area
  •     1,400 square foot academic area
  •     Large canopy shades seating bowl
  •     Concourse level fan amenities with views to live action
  •     New LSU Baseball Hall of Fame
  •     Booster club facilities
  •     Team merchandise stores
  •     Fan arcade with video games and pitching/hitting games
  •     48 RV parking spaces with power hook-ups
  •     Picnic area and children's playground

About DLR Group
DLR Group is a nationally recognized, integrated design firm with 15 offices nationwide. Design is the driving force behind our architecture, engineering, planning, and interiors practice. DLR Group's philosophy is to listen to clients, create exciting design that fulfills the client's goals, and deliver on the promise of quality, integrity and sustainability. For more information contact DLR Group at 1-877-DLR Group or dlrgrou.com.

About Grace & Hebert Architects
Grace & Hebert Architects (GHA), APAC is a full service architectural firm based in Baton Rouge, La. GHA has been in continuous architectural practice for over 40 years, with a portfolio of more than 1,000 completed projects of all scopes and sizes with a value of more than one billion dollars. For information contact GHA at 225/338-5569 or graceandhebert.com.

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