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UA softball celebrates the start of construction at Bogle Park

BY ANDRES FOCIL
UA softball celebrates the start of construction at Bogle Park

FAYETTEVILLE – “On behalf of the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees, I want to announce today the naming of the new Lady Razorback softball stadium as Bogle Park.” That was the announcement made by University of Arkansas Board of Trustees member Jane Rogers at a celebration held at the construction site of the new stadium Friday in Fayetteville. 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. “There’s one thing everybody in America knows about our campus, nothing at the University of Arkansas is less than first class,” said Director of Women’s Athletics Bev Lewis. “This facility will raise the bar for our softball program. I’m so pleased that the Bogle’s 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 MEP engineers are TME Consulting Engineers and the structural engineers are Engineering Consultants. Construction of the facility is handled by Nabholz Contruction’s Okark 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 and California, 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 chairback seats. There is space for grilling and groups in the outfield area and six modern skyboxes overlook the field. For the first time, the Lady’Back 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. “The University of Arkansas has come to insure we have competitive facilities for our sports,” said UA Chancellor, Dr. John A. White. “I don’t know how to convey in words the depth of my appreciation for the Bogle’s allowing us to name this stadium Bogle Park. It’s with great pride we celebrate the start of construction today.” For more information about Arkansas softball, please log on to LADYBACKS.COM.



Sports Category : Softball