The 2017 season is Saint Louis' 26th campaign at The Billiken Sports Center. Just steps away from Chaifetz Arena, the facility opened in 1990 and originally was used for soccer, field hockey and intramurals. In the summer of 1991, a baseball diamond was added to make The Billiken Sports Center more versatile.
Until the summer of 1999, The BSC boasted the second-largest artificial surface in the world. From 1999-2015 the Billikens played on a natural grass surface. For the 2016 season, Saint Louis will play on Truhop Turf from Shaw Sports Turf in the infield, while the outfield remains grass.
The infield turf is one of several renovations to the Billiken Sports Center in recent years. The infield was laser-graded and received an entirely new surface. In addition, brick was added to the dugouts and backstop to make the facility more visually appealing, and new padding was placed on the outfield wall. During the 2014 season, Saint Louis added an indoor hitting and pitching facility down the right field line.
Dimensions for the baseball field are 330 feet down the lines, 370 feet in the alleys and 403 feet to center. Seating for baseball is 500.
The BSC is truly the finest facility Billiken baseball has ever called home. Before 1992, Saint Louis played at Sauget Field in Sauget, Ill. Prior to that, the Billikens played at Musial Field, which was located where the soccer field now lies. For many years before the opening of Musial Field in the mid-1960s, Saint Louis played its home games at Forest Park.
Baseball was introduced to the facility on March 2, 1992, when Saint Louis defeated Washington (Mo.) University 7-3.
Located on the Saint Louis University campus, the facility is minutes from downtown St. Louis. The baseball field is one block south of Lindell Avenue and two blocks east of Grand Boulevard.
The Billiken Sports Center at a Glance
Total Cost: $1.5 million
Design: Hastings & Chivetta
Construction: Sverdrup Corp.
First Game: SLU 7, Washington (Mo.) Univ. 3 (March 2, 1992)
Seating Capacity: 500
Turf: Shaw Sports Turf with Truhop on infield | Natural grass outfield
Dimensions: Lines - 330; Alleys - 370; Center - 403
Billikens' Record: 350-243 (24 years)