Gray-Minor Stadium (Baseball)
With the opening of Gray-Minor Stadium in February 2007, VMI Baseball enjoys one of the best collegiate baseball facilities in the Southeast. With seating for over 1,400 fans, covered batting cages, a state-of-the-art scoreboard with videoboard and a first-class press box, Gray-Minor Stadium lives up to the legacies of two of the most successful VMI Baseball alums to ever wear the Red, Yellow, and White.
Gray-Minor Stadium, named after Senator Elmon T. Gray ’46 and Gil Minor ’63, became the home of the VMI Baseball program at the opening of the 2007 season. The Keydets did their best to celebrate the new era, going 23-7 at home with several historic wins, including a 5-2 win over #3-ranked Virginia.
In addition to features like 700 chair-back seats, rebuilt dugouts, professional scout and handicapped seating behind home plate, a concession stand and large restrooms, Gray-Minor Stadium also gives the Keydets an opportunity to host the program’s first night games. Once again, VMI made the most of this new feature, going 7-2 in 2007 under the Lexington lights.
The construction of the stadium came just five years after a complete renovation of the playing surface itself, as both the infield and outfield surfaces were revamped. Also as a part of the Gray-Minor construction, the field received yet another upgrade, as new fencing was installed, raising the fence height to 15 feet around the entire outfield.
Gray-Minor Stadium completes an upgrade of the program’s facilities that began in August of 2003, when construction on Paulette Hall, formerly the Patchin Field Locker Room Complex, commenced. The project entailed the expansion of the existing locker rooms along with the addition of another visitor locker room, as well as a trainers’ room. Along with the improvements and additional square footage, the locker rooms were fitted with audio and visual equipment. The funding for the project, estimated at $1.1 million, was donated by Bill Paulette ’69, Minor ’63, Gray ’46, and the Keydet club. Paulette Hall was constructed by Paulette’s general contracting company, KBS, and was dedicated along with Gray-Minor Stadium on March 27, 2007.
Gray-Minor Stadium is located on the site of the former home of VMI Baseball, Patchin Field, which became the new Keydet diamond on April 5, 1988, with Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio on hand to usher in a new era for VMI baseball. The Keydets dropped their first game in their new home to Virginia, 11-5, but went on to post a 10-5 record at the "The Patch" in its first season, and capture the Southern Conference North Division title.
The current site was just a few hundreds yards from the previous VMI diamond, the former Patchin Field diamond that served VMI baseball in the 60's, 70's and early 80's.
VMI at Gray-Minor Stadium/Patchin Field (present location) – Year-by-Year