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Sun Devils prep for final season at Packard Stadium

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With the Arizona State University Sun Devils planning for a move to Phoenix Muni next season, players are prepping for one final bittersweet season at Packard Stadium and Bobby Winkles Field.

Sun Devil Baseball has launched the official “Tip Your Cap To Packard” logo to commemorate the 40th and final season at historic Packard Stadium, which begins Feb. 14 against Baylor at 2:30 p.m. 

“Packard Stadium will always hold a special place in my heart -- as a player, an assistant coach and a head coach - and this logo is just one of many ways this season we are making sure these hallowed grounds get the respect they deserve,” head coach Tim Esmay said.

The logo will be stitched onto each of the Sun Devils’ three baseball hats, as well as painted behind each base path and the upper corners of the batter’s eye.

Built in 1974, Packard Stadium has played host to two national championship teams, 18 NCAA Regional tournaments and more than 1,100 ASU victories. The Sun Devils have played every season except 2002 at Packard, and the entire 2014 season will serve as a celebration of the program’s 40 years of baseball inside the stadium. Every era of Sun Devil baseball will be honored, long-time season ticket holders will be recognized, and former players and moments will be remembered.

As mentioned, the Sun Devils will be moving baseball operations to Phoenix Municipal Stadium; the Oakland A's are moving spring-training operations to a renovated HoHoKam Park in 2015. The Packard Stadium site will be redeveloped, with proceeds going to upgrade Sun Devil Stadium.

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