WALLY PONTIFF JR CLASSIC
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Event: Wally Pontiff Jr. Classic
Sponsor: Wally Pontiff Jr. Foundation
Location: Metairie, LA
Coaches: Paul Mainieri (LSU), Matt Deggs (LU)
Playing Field: Zephyr Field
Wally Pontiff Jr. Classic TicketsThe Wally Pontiff Jr. Classic established following the 2002 death of the 21-year-old baseball player it's named after pits Louisiana State University against the University of Louisiana at Lafayette each year. Pontiff Jr. captained the LSU baseball team and was a Major League Baseball draft selection at the time of his death. He died of complications with a heart abnormality. In 2004, his family established the baseball classic and a golf tournament in his memory. Proceeds from the Classic go to benefit children's charities in the New Orleans area via the Wally Pontiff, Jr. Foundation, which benefits various charities and scholarships across south Louisiana. What began as a positive spin on the established rivalry between the two big-name schools in the state has grown in importance as both teams developed into powerhouses. This added to its significance to the national baseball rankings and NCAA Tournament seeding. The game always takes place at Zephyr Stadium in Metairie, La. Purchase your Wally Pontiff Jr. Classic tickets today at StubHub.
What can you tell me about Wally Pontiff Jr.?Originally from Metairie, he became a favorite in his home state while still in high school. While playing for LSU, he helped lead the Tigers to a double title win in 2000 — the conference tournament championship and the NCAA national title. He earned First Team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) in 2001, and in 2002, he earned Second Team All-SEC. In 2002, Pontiff ranked in the top 10 players in hits, doubles and batting average in LSU program history. He had just begun his professional baseball career, having been drafted by the Major League Baseball (MLB), when he died of natural causes from a heart abnormality that was unknown until it caused his death.
What is the win-loss record of the Wally Pontiff Jr. Classic?The LSU Tigers lead as the Classic winner with 11 wins to Lafayette’s four. Lafayette came close to a fifth win in 2017 when LSU squeaked by with a 3-2 win.
When does the Wally Pontiff Classic take place?This game takes place during spring. Depending on each school’s regular-season NCAA schedule, it is played in either March or April.
What is the seating capacity of Zephyr Field?Constructed in 1997, Zephyr Field, also known as Baby Cakes Stadium, seats up to 10,000 individuals. Located at 6000 Airline Dr. in Metairie, La., it boasts an incredible ambiance that combines baseball and family atmosphere with concessions serving bayou food like muffulettas, po’ boys, catfish and jambalaya. The New Orleans Zephyrs of the Pacific Coast League also call it home.
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What is the tailgating scene like in Metairie?Metairie is a suburb of New Orleans, a US city nicknamed The Big Easy. This laid-back city known for its epic Mardi Gras celebration has no open container law. The entire city is available for tailgating, but it has favorite spots like Champions Square. You can also tailgate in the traditional parking lot party sense at the baseball field parking lot. You can bring your food and alcohol and consume it outside the baseball field. You can also purchase food and drink inside Zephyr Field.
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