Bud Metheny Baseball Complex

The Bud Metheny Baseball Complex, or The Bud familiarly, is home to the Old Dominion University (ODU) baseball team. Located along 43rd Street between Elkhorn Avenue and the ODU Soccer Stadium, the facility is named after Arthur “Bud” Metheny, longtime baseball and basketball coach at ODU. The stadium features 2,500 seats among three sections of aluminum bleachers.

Aerial view of the Bud Metheny Baseball Complex, circa 2000-2005


Prior to the early 1980s, the baseball team at ODU never had a dedicated baseball field of their own but played in various parks and schools around Norfolk, including the filed across Hampton Boulevard at Larchmont Elementary. In 1979, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia approved funding for ODU to expand their athletic facilities to include a baseball complex. The facility opened for the 1983 season with a 7-2 win over Millersville University, and was dedicated April 25, 1984 with a game against Virginia Tech. The complex has been host to various tournaments including the Sun Belt and Colonial Athletic Association Championships as well as local and state high school tournaments. The stadium received a $3 million renovation from 2010-2012 featuring a batter’s backdrop in center field, upgraded locker rooms, a beer garden, brick walls along the foul lines, a new clock above the scoreboard, and an outfield wall with images of Monarchs that played in the major leagues.

In 2023, it was announced that the complex would be demolished for a new complex featuring expanded and upgraded seating, luxury suites, a club area, new locker and meeting rooms, and a new press box. The cost of the project was predicted to be approximately $20 million. The new complex will be named the Ellmer Family Baseball Complex after the family made a $2.5 million contribution to the renovation project. The last game played at the ballpark was on May 12, 2024 against Appalachian State University.


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