A home run for baseball and softball

Located directly across Route 15 from the main campus, West Fields is home to six varsity athletics teams as well as Bucknell recreation and intramural programs. The complex has been developed in several coordinated phases. Field hockey, women’s lacrosse, and men’s and women’s soccer have benefited greatly from new and upgraded facilities, which are among the best in the Patriot League.

Now, the final phase will bring extensive enhancements to the baseball and softball facilities. Donor support is needed to help us round third and head for home.

This stage of West Fields development will:

  • Meet or exceed Patriot League standards for baseball and softball facilities
  • Help attract and retain the best coaches
  • Provide powerful recruiting tools to compete for the most promising student-athletes
  • Establish permanent home fields for Bucknell’s baseball and softball programs
  • Offer a potential community resource for high school and recreational competition

Completed features include:

  • New in-ground team dugouts with storage area
  • “Bucknell Brick” backstops
  • Pedestrian plaza between fields with a walkway to grandstands
  • New protected bullpens for home team and visiting team
  • Upgraded outfield and foul-line fencing; new outfield padding
  • New baseball scoreboard and “batter’s eye” screen
  • New softball scoreboard
  • Landscaping, signage and flagpole
  • Memorial plaque and reflection area with benches
  • Installation of Field-Turf at Depew Field
  • Installation of natural-grass outfield at Becker Field

Features to be completed:

  • Elevated grandstands with chair-back and bleacher seating (capacity: 500/baseball; 300/softball)
  • Second-level press box with a new dedicated sound system
  • Field lights that meet NCAA lighting standards

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