“Field of Dreams” – The Seminole Softball/Soccer Complex
Florida State’s dream of a new, state-of-the-art softball complex became
reality when ground was broken in a ceremony last spring. Over the past
several months, construction workers worked continuously to complete the
facility which also houses the Seminole soccer stadium. The result was the
creation of one of the nation’s premier collegiate softball and soccer
The complex includes ticket and concessions buildings and spacious press
boxes, including press seating and radio/television booths. The two-level
team building features a reception area, softball and soccer coaches
offices which overlook their respective stadiums, a combined workroom,
large team and coaches lockerrooms and training and equipment rooms.
The Seminole Softball/Soccer Complex is located in between the Dick Howser
Baseball Stadium and the Mike Long Track on Chieftan Way. The facility can
be accessed from both Chieftan Way and Stadium Drive.
Architects: Gilchrist and Crowe Construction: Began Spring 1998 Field Dimensions: 200' - right and left field 220' - center field Stadium Capacity: 1,000
The Florida State Soccer/Softball Complex was “officially” opened with a
ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, April 17th. The event, which was held
in conjunction with Florida State’s 30th Anniversary of Women’s
Intercollegiate Athletics Spring Celebration, drew approximately 150
spectators, including University dignitaries and Athletics Department
personnel. Several former Florida State student-athletes and staff also
returned for the monumental event.
The ceremony began with the ribbon-cutting at the front gates of the
complex. FSU President Sandy D’Alemberte, Director of Athletics Dave Hart,
Softball Head Coach Dr. JoAnne Graf and Soccer Head Coach Patrick Baker,
and team representatives did the honors.
Among the speakers in the program
were D’Alemberte, Hart, Associate Athletics Director Kim Record and Dianne
Montgomery, Dean of the School of Social Work, who serves as Chair of the
Title IX Committee and is a member of the FSU Athletics Board.
Blucker, FSU’s first softball coach and now a Vice President at Florida
International University, also addressed the crowd.
Following a tour of the facility and a barbeque, the Lady Seminoles
entertained guests on the field with a sweep of Florida International!
Side Notes and Photos
President Sandy D’Alemberte threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the
Florida State/Florida International doubleheader.
Debbie Derzypolski, of FSU Boosters, gave special recognition to Frances
Cannon, a former FSU faculty member, and strong supporter of Seminole
Athletics, who endowed a softball scholarship in Betty Palmer’s name.