Bill Davis Stadium - Nick Swisher Field
560 Borror Drive | Columbus, Ohio 43210
From the North - Take I-71 South to 270 West to SR 315 South. Take the Ackerman Road exit. Turn left on to Ackerman Road. Turn right on to Fred Taylor Drive. Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Baseball Stadium will be on your left.
From the South - Take I-71 North to SR 315 North to Worthington. Take the Ackerman Road exit. Turn right on to Ackerman Road. Turn right on to Fred Taylor Drive. Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Baseball Stadium will be on your left.
From the East (Airport) - Take I-70 West to SR 315 North to Worthington. Take the Ackerman Road exit. Turn right on to Ackerman Road. Turn right on to Fred Taylor Drive. Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Baseball Stadium will be on your left.
From the West - Take I-70 East to SR 315 North to Worthington. Take the Ackerman Road exit. Turn right on to Ackerman Road. Turn right on to Fred Taylor Drive. Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Baseball Stadium will be on your left.
Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium
It is safe to say that we would not be enjoying the comforts of Ohio State baseball's gem of a ball park, Bill Davis Stadium, if not for the love, kindness and the benevolence of Ms. Dorothy M. Davis, who generously donated more than $1.5 million toward the $4.7 million final cost of the Buckeye venue.
Bill Davis Stadium is named in memory of Dorothy's late step-son, William C. "Bill" Davis. He was chairman and president of Davis Enterprises, builder and developer of commercial and residential subdivisions, and a great fan of Ohio State athletics. A member of The President's Club, Bill was a graduate of St. Charles Preparatory School in Columbus and Xavier University.
Dorothy Davis didn't realize the size of the Stadium or its magnitude when she visited the construction site in November of 1996, just one week before she would pass away from complications from a brain aneurysm. The construction, visibly impressive with the cement pillars that would support the stands reaching high into the sky, caused her to remark to Bob Todd, "I can't believe this is what we are building. I never imagined a real stadium. This is absolutely wonderful."
The stadium was renovated in November 2011, thanks to a $500,000 from former Buckeye Nick Swisher, adding an artificial turf field that will give the team greater access to the field throughout the year.
"I think the field is going to be great for this program. To be able to come here and help out and pay forward with this field - I couldn't be more excited," Swisher added. "But I think more than anything, when I come back to this university it brings back memories of the good times that I experienced every day. And to say that I'm a Buckeye, I couldn't be more proud. I love this university and I love the game of baseball and there's nothing in the world I'd rather be doing. It's been such an honor for me. We've been Omaha-bound for quite some time now and I think it's time we break through and get there. I hope this field helps us get to that point."
Dorothy and her late husband, William H. Davis (B.S. Business Administration '26), contributed more than $6 million to The Ohio State University, including gifts to support the William H. Davis Medical Research Center, and the establishment of several named endowments, including the Dorothy M. Davis Chair in Cancer Research, the William H. Davis Endowment for Basic Medical Research, and the William H. Davis Chair in the American Free Enterprise System.
In addition, Dorothy was a founding member of The Ohio State University Foundation Board, and was an active volunteer and advocate for Ohio State, both in Central Ohio and from her winter home in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
A hitter's park, the Stadium features dimensions of 330 feet down the lines, 370 feet to the power alleys and 400 feet to straightaway centerfield.
The Stadium has 500 lower level box seats and 2,500 upper grandstand level seats. Additional bleacher seating was installed over the past year down both foul lines and with an overflow of handicapped seating, the increased capacity for the 1999 season totals 4,450.
The outer concourse is equipped with a Buckeye novelty shop, "Dugout Digs," spacious restroom facilities and a full-service concession stand.
The Buckeye clubhouse, located behind the third-base dugout, is 26 feet wide by 55 feet long. The visitor's clubhouse is 26-by-44. Both feature wood paneled lockers, showers and heating and air conditioning.
Home and away bullpens are located just outside the fences down the first and third baselines. They feature two mounds each at field level for easy access.
The playing turf of Bill Davis Stadium is AstroTurf GameDay Grass 3D52 Extreme surface throughout the field, except for the pitcher's mound and warning track.
The warning track is made up of crushed red brick.
The outfield fence is painted scarlet and is eight feet high with white trim along the top.
Permanent lighting was installed in late November of 1997. The light towers are 120- feet high.
A "batter's eye" was constructed in centerfield in October of 1997 in order to provide a neutral hitting background from home plate. It is made of black canvas.
Installed in March of 1997, the scoreboard of Bill Davis Stadium is a Trans-Lux Vision2pc. Capable of game-time animation, the 80 x 40 black and white matrix is located in right centerfield at the 370-feet mark.
Bill Davis Stadium has an elevator tower leading to the enclosed pressbox, located above the upper grandstand level. The working pressbox features heating and air conditioning, telephone lines and the capacity for home and away radio as well as television and print media.
Anne Hayes Memorial Room
Adjacent to the pressbox, the Anne Hayes Memorial Room is reserved for VIP use during games and tournaments and also for media overflow.
Just across the hall from the Buckeye locker room is a player's lounge complete with a refrigerator, television and radio and other home furnishings, easing the transition from student to athlete after a tough day of class.
The stadium features a scouting and video room directly behind home plate at field level. The umpires' locker room is also located in this area.