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The opening game at the MSU Softball Field came on Feb. 26, 1997, with the Bulldogs sweeping Samford in a doubleheader with back-to-back 4-0 scores. The opener was witnessed by over 300 brave fans that endured inclement weather.
Mississippi State posted a record of 285-150 (.655) overall record at the site and, in 1999, notched a school-record 21-6 record in the friendly confines, as well as a 12-2 mark in home SEC action.
Nusz Park, a $6 million project, includes 1,000 maroon chairback seats, in addition to an expanded concourse that includes new restrooms and concession stands. There is also abundant standing room space around the grandstand and outfield. The outfield portion draws comparisons to Dudy Noble Field’s world-famous Left Field Lounge. Also beyond the outfield wall, a state-of-the-art Daktronics video board was being installed. It will be the first video board in MSU Softball history.
It was announced on Jan. 22, 2016 that the facility would carry the name of alumni couple Tommy and Terri Nusz of Houston, Texas, and be known as Nusz Park. The Nusz’ lead gift for the softball facility was part of a significant contribution from them for Infinite Impact: The Mississippi State University Campaign. The campaign gift continues their longtime support of the land-grant institution and will benefit athletics, academics, and other areas of MSU.
In addition, the new press box is constructed to the specifications of ESPN and the SEC Network. The structure will contain separate booths for both home and visiting radio crews, TV crews and working media.
The playing surfaces across MSU athletics have always been regarded as some of the top surfaces in the country, with the field at Nusz Park being no different. It features Mississippi Pride grass – developed by researchers on the campus. The dimensions of the MSU Softball Field remain intact, stretching 200 feet down the lines and 220 feet to center field. The upgrades include new and updated bullpens, as well as a turf foul area marked by the Mississippi State logo and the school’s trademark phrase, “Hail State.”
MSU and visiting players and coaches will enjoy brand-new, larger dugouts and new locker rooms. In addition, a new training room is present to help keep players in shape to perform at the highest level.
The Southeastern Conference took notice of MSU’s new stadium as well, with the Bulldogs hosting the 2016 SEC Softball Tournament from Wednesday, May 11 until Saturday, May 14.
The new ballpark has already been considered as one of the top collegiate softball facilities in the nation. The Bulldogs’ first action in the new digs will be against Georgia Southern on Feb. 11, 2016, in the Bulldog Kickoff. That weekend, MSU will also play host to Houston, Tennessee Tech and Alabama A&M.
Nusz Park By The Numbers:
• 150 tons of structural steel (300,000 lbs)
• 104,000 brick
• 19,000 CMU blocks (concrete masonry units)
• 2,111 bags of mortar for masonry
• 60 tons of rebar
• 700 CY of concrete – (2,800,000 lbs of concrete or 1,400 tons of concrete)