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Why do they call the UNCW baseball team’s facility Brooks Field?

Chuck Carree
StarNews

It is named after the founder of the program, Bill Brooks, who literally built it with his bare hands in 1961 and the team debuted on the field in 1962.

They hired no contractors because they didn’t have money.

“We had to beg and build,’’ Brooks said. “It was the combination of the building of the field and the good years we had all right there together that played the biggest part in the naming of it.’’

Brooks Field seats 3,500 and ticket prices vary depending on the opposition.

The majority of the time, the cost is $6 for adults – $5 for Seahawk Club adults. Staff and faculty get in for $3 and ages 12 and under pay $2. For games with powerhouse rivals East Carolina, N.C. State, North Carolina and Coastal Carolina, tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for the Seahawk Club, $5 for staff and faculty and $2 for youth 12 and under. You can purchase tickets at uncwsports.com or at the box office before a game.

Brooks was NAIA National Coach of the Year in 1975 and 15 years later was inducted into the National Junior College Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame. In 1991, he was enshrined in the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in Raleigh and also belongs to the UNCW and Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fames.

At one point, Brooks was chairman of the Physical Education Department, athletic director, men’s basketball coach and baseball coach, He retired baseball coach in 1983 after compiling 574 victories.

As a side note, Brooks Field also has served as the home of two minor league baseball teams – the Port City Roosters in 1995-96 and the Wilmington Waves in 2001. Each year, the Seahawks shared the facility with farm teams of the Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Dodgers, respectively.

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