Mr. Roberts Built It

J.L. Johnson Stadium, on the campus of Oral Roberts University.

A look at the seating bowl from down the third-base line.

The view from in front of the press box.

Quick Facts:
Oral Roberts is a Christian university based in Tulsa and named for its founder, a well-known preacher. When the school built up a good-enough baseball team to make it to the NCAA College World Series in 1978, Dr. Roberts celebrated by building this new baseball park on the school grounds.

J.L. Johnson Stadium’s most distinguishing features are its exterior design, which may – or may not – be abstract representations of the feathers of a golden eagle; and its zigzag roof, which is reminiscent of Estadio Hiram Bithorn in San Juan, although on a smaller scale. The seating bowl consists of a cross aisle with two rows of box seats in front and several rows of general admission seats above. The first row of seats is above the dugout, so all spectators have an elevated view of the action.

The field faces southeast and has fairly standard dimensions. The lighting was described as some of the best in the nation when it was installed in 1978, and I am told it is still pretty good, although I saw an afternoon game.

Game # Date Conference Level Result
30 Sat 19-Mar-2005 Independent Div I ORAL ROBERTS 12, Texas-Pan American 5

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