Red McEwen Field has been the home to USF baseball since the 1967 season. Playing their inaugural season (1966) at Al Lopez Field, the Bulls moved to their new home on the campus of the University of South Florida on March 4, 1967 with an 8-6 loss to Rollins College. A 7-3 victory over St. Andrew’s on March 18, 1967 marked the first-ever victory at USF’s new on-campus facility. Through the first 10 seasons the facility was known simply as the USF Baseball Field.
In 1976 New York Yankees George Steinbrenner donated lights for the facility and the current stands were also erected. The concessions stand and restrooms were added in 1982 while the press box was added a year later.
The field was dedicated in honor of James M. “Red” McEwen on March 30, 1977, prior to a game against the University of Florida. McEwen was a Tampa sportsman and civic leader in was active in the early efforts to establish USF in Hillsborough County in the 1950s. He died in the summer of 1976.
The plaque at the facility honoring McEwen reads: This facility stands and serves as a living memorial to the sports contribution made to this community by James M. “Red” McEwen and the man himself a brilliant athlete, Red McEwen was a participant, coach, promoter and a major supporter of athletics in the state of Florida in general , in Tampa in particular. Dedicated March 30, 1977.
The first night game at Red McEwen Field was Feb. 25, 1977 against the University of Tampa (an 8-7 victory). A new lighting system was installed in 1997.
The field’s dimensions are 340 down the left- and right-field lines, 340 feet to left- and right-center field, and 400 to center field.
Get off at the Fowler Avenue exit and head west. Turn right on 50th Street (there will be a Perkins on the corner). Make the first left turn at Elm. Red McEwen Field will be on your left side.
Get off at the Fowler Avenue exit and head east. The University is about three miles from 275. Go past the main entrance and then make a left at the next light (this will be 50th Street; there will be a Perkins on the corner). Make the first left turn at Elm. Red McEwen Field will be on your left side.
Address for Red McEwen Field - 11899 Bull Run Drive Tampa, FL 33620
Fans are allowed to park for free in the three lots around Red McEwen Field two hours prior to the first pitch of a baseball game. The first parking option is the large lot behind the Intercollegiate Athletics Facility, which can be reached by driving Bull Run or 50th Avenue to Elm Drive. Once that lot is full, fans can park along Elm Drive, then fill up the spaces down Sycamore Street