Every season, administrators encourage coaches and coaches encourage teams to be better than before. At the University of Arkansas, that commitment to improvement extends to facilities as well and there is no facility better for college softball then Bogle Park.
Bogle Park was made possible thanks to the lead gift made by Bob and Marilyn Bogle and the Bogle family who have also made significant contributions to both the university and the athletic departments over the course of many years. An event celebrating the naming was held Friday, Oct. 26, 2009.
“There’s one thing everybody in America knows about our campus, nothing at the University of Arkansas is less than first class,” said Associate Vice Chancellor and Executive Director of Athletics Bev Lewis. “This facility will raise the bar for our softball program. I’m so pleased that the Bogles allowed us to honor them and to honor the university with the naming of this facility.”
Bogle Park was designed by Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf and their lead architects John Lindstaedt, Dan McCloskey and Chad Lothamer. McClelland Consulting Engineers is the civil engineer for Bogle Park. The mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineers are TME Consulting Engineers and the structural engineers are Engineering Consultants. Construction of the facility is handled by Nabholz Contruction’s Ozark division and would not be possible without the many donors and partners of the project.
Bogle Park replaces Lady’Back Yard and moves the Arkansas softball team into one of the elite facilities in America. The new stadium is located on the corner of Leroy Pond Drive and California Drive, just north of Lady’Back Field. It has the same dimensions as current Lady’Back Yard – 200 feet down the foul lines and 220 feet in center field.
One of the most striking aspects of Bogle Park is the dramatic entrance on the concourse level. Upon entry, fans see the field and then descend down into the seating area which is home to 1,200 chair-back seats. There is space for grilling and groups in the outfield area and six modern skyboxes overlook the field. For the first time, the Razorback softball team has its locker room at the venue along with an indoor practice and batting facility located on the home field side of the stadium. The press box is a state-of-the-art media area.
Bogle Park Amenities
Inaugural Season: 2008-09
* The new home of Arkansas softball, Bogle Park joins the roster of state-of-the-art competition facilities for the Razorbacks.
* All chairback seating for primary seating.
* Outfield berm seating plus picnic area.
* Six skyboxes and a full press box built to be NCAA Regional ready.
* Graphic scoreboard for fans and players.
* Full clubhouse and training facilities for team.
* Adjacent indoor training facility with batting cages and full infield.
Arkansas Indoor Practice Facility
When the weather prevents the softball team from practicing at Bogle Park, the team moves to the indoor, climate-controlled softball practice facility.
In indoor facility was constructed along with Bogle Park ensuring a uniform feel and consistency in the facility and the field. The interior measures 100x100 and is made of the same infield dirt as the playing field. Removable batting cages allow for hitting, pitching or lift out of the way for infield practice.
The latest addition to the University of Arkansas' athletic facilities was recognized Saturday, April 11, 2009, with the dedication of Bogle Park, the new home field for the Razorback softball team. The on-field dedication took place at 11:15 a.m. before Arkansas' game with No. 19 LSU.
Gates at Bogle Park opened at 10:30 a.m. and the first 500 fans were admitted free and received a concession stand voucher and a commemorative softball marking the special date. The ceremonial first pitch was thrown out by the Bogle family before the start of Saturday's contest.
University of Arkansas Chancellor Dr. G. David Gearhart and Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long took part in the dedication ceremony of the $8.5 million facility. Associate Vice Chancellor and Executive Associate Athletic Director Bev Lewis was in attendance to recognize the donor gift supplied by the Bogle family.