Mercer University, OrthoGeorgia Park at Claude Smith Field
Mercer University hired McMillan Pazdan Smith to renovate and upgrade their existing 1,200-seat, on-campus ballpark for the Bears baseball team and fans. OrthoGeorgia Park seats 1,500 and features new dugouts, concession stands, restrooms, two open-air suites, and a new press box.
The project created a field level club house space for the Bears, along with a training room and laundry room — all with direct access to the Bears’ dug out. On the main concourse level, new restrooms and concession stands serve the fans in the stands, and they can view the game on the open concourse while waiting in line for concessions. The upper floor houses coaches offices and meeting rooms on the third baseline and a club suite along the first baseline. The club suite contains additional exclusive seating for 96 fans, as well as enhanced concession access and adjacent restrooms. Outfield spaces are designated as corporate entertaining areas and allow the seating capacity to grow as needed by the athletics department. The exterior façade is a modern Gothic style that blends contextually with the existing campus architecture.