June 17, 2014 - by

Field of Dreams

Florida State’s dream of a new, state-of-the-art softball complex became reality when ground was broken in a ceremony in the spring of 1998. 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 facilities.

The complex, which was completed in the spring of 1999, includes ticket and concessions buildings and spacious press boxes, including press seating and radio/television booths. The two-level Mary Ann Stiles & Barry Smith 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.

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. Dr. Judith 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 Seminoles entertained guests on the field with a sweep of Florida International!


FROM: Interstate 10

Take I-10 to Exit 31. Go west on HWY 90 to Monroe St. Make a left and go South on Monroe St. to Jefferson St. Make a right (Becomes Pensacola St.), follow to Stadium Dr. and make a right. Parking lot will be second left.

FROM: Airport

Go North on Capital Circle to Pensacola Street. Make a right on Pensacola Street and follow to Stadium Dr. Make a left and the parking lot will be your second left.

FROM: HWY 90 WEST (Quincy)

Go East on HWY 90 (Tennessee St.) to Ocala St. Make right and take Ocala St. to Pensacola St. Make a left and go East on Pensacola St. to Stadium Dr. and make a left. Parking lot will be the second left.

FROM: Route 319 (Thomasville Rd.)

Take Thomasville Rd. to Monroe St. Make a left and go South on Monroe St. Make a right on Jefferson St. (becomes Pensacola), follow to Stadium Dr. and make a right.

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