Mississippi State Softball Field
Located on the north side of the Mississippi State campus since 1997, the MSU Softball Field sits in the heart of Mississippi State’s physical plant. As announced in 2012, the facilities will soon undergo a complete upgrade, including a brand-new stadium at the current location (rendering above).
Prior to the entire reconstruction, in the fall of 2013, the indoor hitting facility had an air conditioning unit installed. During the winter of 2012, the upstairs interior of the softball complex was renovated, highlighted by a state-of-the-art team room, complete with audio and video setup amd movie-theater-type setting.
In February 2012, $60,000 worth of renovations were installed to the current stadium, including new banners on the bleachers and bullpens, as well as new graphics on the foul poles and dugouts.
The current facility features a main grandstand to accommodate more than 750 people. Also included are a press box, public address system, electronic scoreboard and bullpens behind both stepdown dugouts.
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 MSU campus - making it home to one of the finest playing surfaces in the country.
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 from across the country. In 2000, another facility-improving project was completed as the MSU Softball Field’s dugouts were enhanced with brick. In 2001, construction of an additional batting cage, as well as the placing of sidewalks in and around the field and spectator areas, were added.
Work was completed in the fall of 2005 on a $1 million indoor facility that 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.
Since beginning play at the MSU Softball Field, Mississippi State has posted a 285-150 (.655) overall record and, in 1999, tallied a program-high 21-6 record at home, including a 12-2 mark at home in SEC action.
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.