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Governors Park officially became Raymond C. Hand Park, March 27, 1993, in a special dedication ceremony. The park was renamed in honor of the late Clarksville business and civic leader, Raymond C. Hand, known as a great baseball enthusiast. His son, Charles Hand, owner of Ideal Distributing, Co., donated $25,000 to kick off the baseball field light campaign in 1993 and initiate night-time Governors baseball.

The park renovations didn’t stop with the lighting project. Again with Charles Hand’s lead (another $25,000 donation), the previous concrete structure used for seating was replaced by state-of-the-art  eating – chairbacks as well as bleachers – increasing the total capacity to more than 1,000.

Raymond C. Hand Park also served as the former home of the Clarksville Coyotes, a now defunct Class A independent minor league team. A spirit of cooperation between tenants Austin Peay and the Coyotes led to a myriad of stadium improvements – new ticket booths, souvenir stand, concession stand and restrooms. As a result, Raymond C. Park has become one of the region’s finest baseball facilities. It provides Governors fans, young and old, an opportunity to watch highly competitive Division I baseball in a comfortable atmosphere.

Other recent improvements to Raymond C. Hand Park include an in-ground irrigation system, new fencing along each sideline and, completed during the winter of 2001, the addition of brick facing to the backstop and entryway to the park. Prior to the 2008 season, a new steel outfield fence was installed.

Austin Peay’s baseball team has been in its current location since the 1970 season. Prior to that season, the Governors called many campus locations home including the current intramural fields located south of the Dunn Center.

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