Mississippi State Softball Field
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Located on the north side of the Mississippi State campus since 1997, the MSU Softball Field sits in the heart of Mississippi State's impressive physical plant. It joins W.O. Spencer Stadium (track and field), Dudy Noble Field/Polk-Dement Stadium (baseball), the MSU Soccer Field and the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre to give Mississippi State some of the finest Olympic sport venues in collegiate athletics.
In February 2012, $60,000 worth of renovations were installed to the stadium, including new banners on the bleachers and bullpens, as well as new graphics on the foul poles and dugouts. Falling the completion of the 2013 stadium, a new stadium will be built around the current field, which was laser-graded to improve field conditions in January 2012. The brand-new stadium will host the 2014 SEC Tournament, with every game being televised live on the ESPN network.
The facility features a main grandstand area which will accommodate more than 750 people with opportunities for expansion in the future. Also included is a press box complete with phone lines and a public address system, an electronic scoreboard and bullpens behind both stepdown dugouts which are complete with restroom facilities for both teams.
Hailed as one of the top playing surfaces in the Southeastern Conference, the field stretches 200 feet down the left and right field lines and spans 220 feet to straight-away centerfield. The regulation NCAA Championship field features Mississippi Pride grass - developed by researchers on the Mississippi State campus - making it home to one of the finest playing surfaces in the country. A grounds crew is responsible for the field maintenance of the MSU Softball Field.
With each season, the MSU Softball Field seems to get better and better. On top of the renovations, new stadium plans and brand-new playing surface, last season the facility added a new, state-of-the-art LED scoreboard that will have future videoboard capabilities.
Following the program's inaugural season in 1997, lights were added to the facility, bringing a much-more enjoyable climate to Bulldog fans as well as visiting fans across the country. In 2000, another facility-improving project was completed as the MSU Softball Field's dugouts were enhanced with brick, bringing yet another eye-pleasing feature to the facility. In 2001, construction of an additional batting cage, as well as the placing of sidewalks in and around field and spectator areas, were added.
Work was completed in the fall of 2005 on a $1 million indoor facility which features a state-of-the-art practice field, as well as a locker room, clubhouse, training room, coaches' locker rooms and players' lounge. In addition, a revamped bullpen area was added just behind the dugout on the third base side of the facility. Following the 2010 season, Mississippi State's heralded landscaping crew added a contemporary landscaping design between the indoor facility, the only one of its kind in the nation, and the third-base dugout.
Since beginning play at the MSU Softball Field, Mississippi State has posted a 264-125 (.679) overall record and, in 1999, tallied a program-high 21-6 record at home, including a 12-2 mark at home inside the Southeastern Conference. Mississippi State has also shutout its opponent 81 times in front of its home fans - 31 times completing the task in abbreviated innings.
The opening game on the newly constructed Mississippi State Softball Field came on Feb. 26, 1997, when Mississippi State hosted visiting Samford University. The Bulldogs opened the park successfully, sweeping Samford 4-0 and 4-0 in a doubleheader witnessed by more than 300 fans that braved the inclement weather.
The Bulldogs averaged just more than 300 fans during that first season and set an attendance record which still stands to this day on April 25, 1998, when 1,547 fans watched the Bulldogs battle arch rival Mississippi.
In 2010 State set two of the all-time Top 10 attendance marks during its SEC mid-season series against the Auburn Tigers.