Boshamer Courtyard to be Named for Steinbrenner Family

George Steinbrenner, principal owner of the New York Yankees, and the Steinbrenner family have pledged $1 million to name the courtyard at the entrance to Boshamer Stadium.

The Tar Heels have played home baseball games at Boshamer Stadium since 1972. Plans to renovate the stadium are under way, pending a capital campaign. The courtyard in front of the stadium will be named the Steinbrenner Family Courtyard.

Steinbrenner brought the Yankees to Boshamer Stadium to play exhibition games against the Tar Heels in 1977, 1979 and 1981.

Renovations are expected to include 4,000 chair-back seats (current stadium capacity is approximately 2,500), a wider concourse, new concessions and restrooms, coaches’ offices, locker rooms and strength and conditioning facilities, press box, larger dugouts, covered outdoor hitting and pitching facility, improved irrigation and drainage, a padded outfield wall, improved lights and an area to honor the history of UNC baseball.

Steinbrenner’s daughter, Jenny Steinbrenner Swindal, graduated from UNC in 1981, and her husband, Stephen Swindal, graduated in 1976.