Maestri Field at First NBC Ballpark is located on New Orleans' east campus, about one mile from the main campus and near the intersection of Press Drive and Leon C. Simon Blvd. Along with the baseball diamond, the east campus is the site of Kiefer UNO Lakefront Arena and the University Tennis Center.
During the 2013 calendar year, the baseball facility underwent a renovation with and re-opened for the start of Southland play during the 2014 season. The first game in the new Maestri Field at First NBC Ballpark took place against Sam Houston State on Mar. 14, 2015.
In 2015, Maestri Field at First NBC Ballpark hosted the majority of the MLB Urban Youth Invitational and the Privateers' contest against Southern was televised on MLB Network. The new renovations earned the field a 3.3 star rating.
Maestri Field at First NBC Ballpark features a new grandstand with chair back seating for about 800 spectators. A new concession area is housed at the grandstand's base alongside an elevator which provides access to the new press box. In addition to areas for the media and game operations staff, the press box includes a suite that features a bathroom and a wet bar.
The grandstand project is the second phase of a renovation project that got underway with a renovated clubhouse complete with new lockers, meeting rooms and a coaches suite. The clubhouse is located behind the 3rd base stands.
Prior to the renovation project, Maestri Field underwent a complete surface facelift prior to the 2006 season.
The facelift included a complete reworking of the entire playing surface. Included in the renovation were new irrigation and drainage systems. Also, the entire sand based bermuda grass surface was skinned, laser graded and resodded. Improvements also included a 10’ halo around the home plate area and a surrounding warning track enclosing the entire grass surface. The symmetrical field measures 330 feet down the lines, 370 feet in the power alleys and 405 feet to center field.
Meanwhile, the playing surface remains one of the best in America. In January of 1991, the field and the UNO baseball staff were honored by the American Baseball Coaches Association with the Groundskeeper of the Year Award for the nation's best field. The field passed one of its biggest tests in 1993 when the New Orleans Zephyrs - then the Class AAA affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers - played 64 home dates in their debut season successfully.
UNO has finished among the top 15 in NCAA home attendance eight times, including 10th in 1990 and 15th in 1996. The UNO attendance mark was set in 1987 when 85,884 (including postseason games) passed through its gates.
The park has played host to other events, including an exhibition series featuring the Italian National Team in the summer of 1990. UNO played host to and won the American South Conference Toumament in 1989. UNO and Maestri Field at Privateer Park have also been host for the 1982 NCAA South Regional, the 1987 South II Regional, the 1984 American Legion World Series and a 1987 American Legion regional tourney.
In 2003, the Dominic & Mary Musso hitting facility was completed, giving the Privateers the flexibility to hit as well as pitchers the opportunity to throw during bad weather days. Complete with the best video equipment, the Musso Hitting Facility is located down the left field line just past the seating area.