BogleParkArkansas Softball’s Field of DreamsCelebration of The Start Of Construction Ceremony — Friday, Oct. 26, 2007 — Fayetteville, Ark.THE LADY RAZORBACKS’ FIELD OF DREAMS: Bogle Park moves the Arkansas softball team back into an elite facility in America.IN HONOR OF THE BOGLE FAMILY: The University of Arkansas is recognizing the gifts to the Lady Razorbacks by Bob and Marilyn Bogle and the Bogle family in the naming of Arkansas’ new softball stadium. The Bogles provided the lead gift for softball, and also made the key contribution for the Bev Lewis Center for Women’s Athletics as well as other facilities on campus.JOINING US TODAY: Speaking at today’s celebration of the start of construction are University of Arkansas Chancellor, Dr. John A. White, UA Board of Trustees member, Jane Rogers, UA Director of Women’s Athletics, Bev Lewis and Lady Razorback senior softball player, Dayna Huckabee of Texarkana, Ark.
CONCOURSE ENTRY: One of the most striking design aspects of Bogle Park is the dramatic entrance on the concourse level. Upon entry, fans will see the field then descend down into the seating area. On the main concourse are concession stands, ticketing and marketing booths, along with restroom facilities for the general public.IN THE FIELD: Bogle Park has the same dimensions as current Lady’Back Yard – 200 yards down the foul lines and 220 yards in center field. One key difference is the field’s orientation. Currently, home plate sits in the northwest corner, looking out to the southeast. At Bogle Park the field turns 90 degrees so that home plate now sits in the southwest corner looking out to the northeast.PRIME SEATING FOR ALL:Excellent site lines and comfortable seats are an emphasis in Bogle Park. All 1,200 seats in the primary stadium are chairbacks, with additional space along the berms – some 39,000 square feet — for fans that want to relax on the grass to take in a game.FAMILY AREA IN LEFT FIELD: Not unlike one of the favorite family spots at Arkansas’ baseball facility, Baum Stadium, there is space for grilling and groups in the outfield area.SKYBOXES FOR SOFTBALL: Back at old Lady’Back Yard, some of the better seats were in the old field-level box seats from the days of baseball and George Cole Field. At Bogle Park, six modern skyboxes overlook the field. Each skybox has 12 outdoor chairback seats, and includes a wet-bar space, high speed internet and cable connections with audio feed from either the radio broadcast or stadium announcer.THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME: For the first time, the Lady Razorback softball team has its locker room at the venue. Until the opening of Bogle Park, Arkansas maintained its locker room in Barnhill Arena, walking down to the current facility at Lady’Back Yard for practice or games.IN THE CLUBHOUSE: The team has a 4,000-plus square foot dressing room complex that includes a team meeting area complete with video viewing area, a separate dressing area with lockers for team members, training room and coaches’ offices, and a separate officials locker room.TRAINING FACILITY NEXT DOOR: Part of Bogle Park is an indoor practice and batting facility for the Lady Razorbacks. Located on the home field side of the stadium, the facility features roll-up doors and drop-down batting cage netting. It will house a full-size infield for team practices.STATE OF THE ART MEDIA AREA: At nearly 1,800 square feet, the press box includes separate booths for working media and game operations. With wireless and wired high-speed internet access, the enclosed main press area includes working space and support areas. In the game operations booth, the Lady’Backs included space for video control point for future scoreboard expansion and internet live streaming of games. The press box has a common area for press conferences and separate booths for home and visitor radio networks.THE CONSTRUCTION TEAM: Nabholz Construction’s Ozark division will handle the construction of Bogle Park; Charles Nabholz, Roger McDaniels, Kent Doughty, Jon Pahl, Nick Nabholz and Bill Rossborough.IF BOGLE PARK LOOKS FAMILIAR: The architects selected for Bogle Park are the same as the Bev Lewis Center for Women’s Athletics – Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf. The leads from BDMD are John Lindstaedt, Dan McCloskey and Chad Lothamer.THE ENGINEERS: McClelland Consulting Engineers is the civil engineer for Bogle Park; Wayne Jones, lead. The MEP engineers for the project are TME Consulting Engineers; Jay Mejia and Scott Weber. The structural engineers are Engineering Consultants; Frank Allison, lead contact.FROM THE UA: University of Arkansas Facilities Management is represented by Mike Johnson, Bob Beeler, Dan Street and Jay Huneycutt. From Women’s Athletics, Julie Cain is the construction liaison and Sean Rochelle and Harley Lewis with development and gifts in kind.