Liberty Softball Field
Name: Liberty Softball Field
Site: Adjacent to Liberty University’s Intramural Field off of Flames Way next to Senior Dorm 32
Surface: Natural Grass
Dimensions: Right - 200 feet Center - 200 feet Left - 200 feet
Height of Fence: 6 feet
Opening Day: March 4, 1994
First Game Result: George Mason 9, Liberty 5
First Liberty Win: March 14, 1994 - Liberty 4, UMBC 3
First Big South Game: March 14, 1994 vs. UMBC
First Big South Win: March 14, 1994 - Liberty 4, UMBC 3
Construction on the Liberty Softball Field began as soon as the University announced during the spring of 1993 that the school was going to reinstate the softball program after a seven-year hiatus. The 1994 Liberty squad practiced at then Liberty University’s North Campus during the fall of 1993.
The Lady Flames moved from their temporary practice location to the Liberty Softball Field on March 4, 1994, as they played host to George Mason in the squad’s season opener. Fans in attendance that day saw the Lady Flames get off to an exciting start, scoring five runs in the first inning to take a 5-0 lead. However a more experienced George Mason team prevailed, eventually defeating Liberty, 9-5.
As the program continued to grow, so expansions to the facility continued. In 1995, dugouts were constructed and permanent metal fencing was added around the entire field. Each dugout contains an extension toward the backstop with the first base extension serving as an equipment/storage closet, while the third base extension serves as the softball press box.
During the summer of 1996, the finishing touches were placed on the dugouts, as player restroom facilities were completed. A scoreboard was installed as well, located above the first base dugout. The outfield also underwent several changes as a sprinkler system was installed, enabling around-the-clock-care for the facility, while a permanent warning track was added around the entire field.
During the 1997 offseason, a new batting cage was added, located in the left field foul territory. The batting cage is used for both daily practices and pre-game warm-up sessions.
In 2001, a new scoreboard was installed behind the right-center field fence. The scoreboard measures 6’ x 16’ and is an electronically-based unit that features running score, inning totals and ball and strike counts.
In 2005, a new 37’ netted backstop was installed with the new feature measuring the same height as the Boston Red Sox’s fabled Green Monster at Fenway Park. A new plastic coated side line fence was installed down the left and right field fences and a new windscreen was installed on the outside fence, while a tarp was purchased to cover the field during times of inclement weather.
The latest upgrades to the Liberty Softball Field took place prior to the start of the 2007 season as two new batting cages and two pitching bullpens were installed beyond the center field scoreboard. The old batting cage area was converted into a large storage area for the program.