Klein Field at Sunken Diamond

Klein Field at Sunken Diamond

The field in July 2015
Former names Sunken Diamond
Location Stanford University
Stanford, California
Coordinates 37°25′55″N 122°09′32″W / 37.432°N 122.159°W / 37.432; -122.159Coordinates: 37°25′55″N 122°09′32″W / 37.432°N 122.159°W / 37.432; -122.159
Owner Stanford University
Operator Stanford University
Capacity 4,000
Surface Natural grass
Opened 1931, 85 years ago
Stanford Cardinal (NCAA DI Pac-12)

Klein Field at Sunken Diamond is a college baseball stadium on the campus of Stanford University in Stanford, California. It is the home field of the Stanford Cardinal of the Pac-12 Conference.

The stadium was built 85 years ago in 1931 and has a seating capacity of 4,000.[1] When the adjacent football stadium was originally built in 1921, dirt was excavated from the site of the future baseball stadium, which created a "sunken" field a decade later.

Originally just known simply as Sunken Diamond, the field was renamed in 2008 to honor Stanford athlete and donor Bud Klein (1927–2011) and his family.[2][3][4]

In 2013, the Cardinal ranked 39th among Division I baseball programs in attendance, averaging 1,747 per home game.[5]

In 2012, college baseball writer Eric Sorenson ranked the facility as the fourth best setting in Division I baseball.[6]

The playing field at Sunken Diamond is oriented in an unorthodox configuration, with the batter and catcher facing south. The recommended orientation of a baseball diamond is east-northeast.[7]

See also


  1. About Klein Field at Sunken Diamond at gostanford.com, URL accessed October 24, 2009. Archived 10/24/09
  2. "Stanford To Play Non-Conference Game At No. 18 California Tuesday" (Press release). Stanford Department of Athletics. March 4, 2008. Retrieved June 4, 2012.
  3. "Long-time supporter Bud Klein passes". Go Stanford. May 6, 2011. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
  4. Fawthrop, Wendy Jalonen (September 2011). "Thank him for coolers". Stanford Alumni Magazine. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
  5. Cutler, Tami (June 11, 2013). "2013 Division I Baseball Attendance - Final Report". Sportswriters.net. NCBWA. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 20, 2013. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
  6. Sorenson, Eric (5 October 2012). "Distiller's Dozen - The "Hey, Nice Stadium" Edition". CollegeBaseballToday.com. Archived from the original on 14 December 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
  7. "Objectives of the Game - rule 1.04". Major League Baseball. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
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