Martin Field

Martin Field is the home of the Lamar State College Port Arthur Seahawks softball team. The Seahawks softball team practices and plays home games at Martin Field, which is adjacent to the Lamar State College Port Arthur campus at 1000 Lakeshore Drive.

The field, which is located next to the old National Guard Armory the college uses for technology classes, belongs to the City of Port Arthur. It was in disrepair in 2004 when the college was in the planning stages of adding the intercollegiate softball program.

Before the first team hit the field in the fall of 2004, LSCPA staff and crews from Jefferson County graded the field, planted new grass, erected a new backstop and fence and added dugouts.

In early 2005, in preparation for the Seahawks joining the Division I Region XIV conference, the Physical Plant staff did extensive work on the field, including new dirt and Bermuda grass, which provided a better playing surface.

They also built a concrete walkway behind the backstop and installed bleachers donated by the Nederland Independent School District. The Rotary Club of Port Arthur and the North Port Arthur Rotary Club donated money to buy an electronic scoreboard that was installed the week before the hurricane hit in September 2005. It somehow came through the storm with no damage.

Before the 2006 season, college staff re-graded the field, planted new Bermuda grass and installed a new sprinkler system to improve watering coverage.

The facility saw a major upgrade in 2014 thanks to a $110,000 gift from the Port Arthur Economic Development Foundation which was matched with $110,000 by the college.

Changes included new dugouts, new fencing complete with wind screens, new signage and a new state-of-the-art scoreboard. The entire field, set against the seawall dividing downtown Port Arthur from the Intracoastal Waterway, was moved 24 feet north to accommodate an easement belonging to the U.S. Corps of Engineers. Outfield fences were also moved in to 205 feet at the right and left field foul lines and 220 feet in center field.