A state-of-the-art facility, Dell Diamond has been the home of the Round Rock Express since its inception in 2000. The stadium serves as a premier Central Texas destination and is constantly ranked among the top in Minor League Baseball. In 2006 and 2007 it was named the Top Minor League Park by Minor League News and came in second place in voting in 2008, behind Ryan Sanders Baseball's own Whataburger Field, home of the Corpus Christi Hooks (AA-affiliate, Houston Astros).
Dell Diamond is a true multi-purpose sports and entertainment complex, hosting Express games, concerts, expos and festivals, among other events. In 2012, Dell Diamond was home to over 175 unique events, including the fourth annual Reckless Kelly Celebrity Softball Jam and the second annual Spirit Fest. The United Heritage Center, located down the first base line, offers 10,000 square feet of event space, including 5,400 square feet of meeting room space. That space can be converted into three equal size suites and has the use of a full-service kitchen. The Intel Club, located on the suite level of Dell Diamond, features expansive views of the stadium in a restaurant-style setting. The sleek, sophisticated setting boasts two bars and multiple lounge areas with High Definition cable access on 13 TVs.
Beyond the right field wall lies the pool and spa party area with a 20' x 50' pool and a 10' x 10' hot tub. Next to the pool and spa party area is a covered picnic area with a playscape, and both areas are available for rental by groups. Nolan Ryan's Beef Fireball Grill is just past the right-center field wall, next to the "Express Fun Zone." The fun zone has a handful of activities to keep kids entertained for hours, including a "Sport Court" basketball court, a 26-foot high simulated rock wall, a simulated pitching area and a bungee trampoline.
Before the 2013 season, Daktronics designed, manufactured and installed a brand new, HD LED video board in left-center field that measures 36' x 55' along with two 6' x 99' ribbon boards along the outfield fence. Additionally, the bottom LED panel from the original board was placed in right field, above the Nolan Ryan's Beef Fireball Grill. Two new premium seating options were also installed, the Dell Diamond Premium Seats behind home plate and the 4 Topps at the top of section 123. Hand railings were installed in between the sections in the seating bowl to optimize fan safety.
Dell Diamond was built with the desire to create a fan-friendly environment and the fans have responded. Boasting 8,631 permanent seats, including 75 reserved handicapped seats, the outfield berm allows for another 3,000 fans to enjoy Dell Diamond.
The Express have welcomed crowds of over 12,000 fans on 23 occasions, most recently on July 3, 2012 (12,138). The facility attendance record of 13,475 was set on June 16, 2006 when Roger Clemens took the mound for the Express against the New Orleans Zephyrs.
When the stadium opened, the Express set a Texas League (AA) attendance record and continued to break that record each of their next four seasons in the league. When they made the move to Triple-A, the fans followed. The first year in the Pacific Coast League (2005), Round Rock saw a franchise home-record of 700,277 fans enter through the Dell Diamond gates. In 2012, the Express welcomed their 8 millionth fan to the stadium while leading the Pacific Coast League in attendance for the second year in a row. Over the past 13 years, the Express have ranked in the top five in attendance of all 160 minor league teams.
The stadium was designed to allow fans a close view of the action on the field. Fans seated on the first row behind home plate actually are closer to home plate than the pitcher's mound. Some fans seated down either the first or third base line are less than 50 feet from the first- and third-base lines.
Restrooms are easily accessible at Dell Diamond, with four men's and women's rooms located along the first and third base line. All restrooms are handicapped accessible. There is an elevator with access to the suite level located on the third base side, behind section 112. Another elevator, with access to the Intel Club and the suite level, is located in the Intel Tower on the east side of the home plate entrance. There are five public stairways located throughout the stadium, providing access to the suite level and Intel Club.
In 2012, the Express partnered with Texas Disposals Systems to make Dell Diamond a minimal-waste facility. The stadium is outfitted with identifiable receptacles labeled for compost, single-stream recyclable items and waste items that can't be repurposed. Recyclable materials are processed at the TDS Materials Recovery Facility South of Austin. All food waste is repurposed and made into new compost products and sold at Garden-ville stores in local areas. In another "green initiative," the Express instilled a water reuse system at Dell Diamond this past offseason, becoming the first private customer of the City of Round Rock's program. Water used on the playing surface and surrounding landscapes has been treated at Brushy Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant and saves overall drinking water supply for the Round Rock area. Both of these programs bring Dell Diamond and the Express that much closer to their goal of being a zero-waste facility.
The playing field dimensions are 330 feet down the left field line, 325 feet down the right field line, 375 feet to both power alleys, and 407 feet to the deepest point in center field. The wall surrounding the outfield is eight feet high.
Dell Diamond truly is a "home-grown" project, with 80 percent of the materials used for the construction purchased from suppliers within the state of Texas and up to 70 percent of the materials used for the 2009 stadium upgrades being recycled. The limestone exterior and slabs were manufactured in Jarrell and Cedar Park. The Bermuda Tifway 419 grass surface and was grown in Poteet. The infield clay dirt is an Austin product, with other base material coming from Georgetown. The warning track material was shipped in from Strawn.
Dell Diamond also features an excellent drainage system that is a major factor in the Express having suffered only six rainouts in more than 920 home games.
The playing surface at Dell Diamond is constantly hailed as one of the best in all of professional baseball. Head groundskeeper Garrett Reddehase was named the 2012 Pacific Coast League Turf Manager of the Year and received the league's Presidential Commendation for groundskeeping in 2011.
For more information on Dell Diamond or to host your next event here, visit www.RoundRockExpress.com!