Every season, administrators encourage coaches and coaches encourage teams to be better than before. At the University of Arkansas, that commitment to improvement extends to facilities as well and there is no facility better for college softball then Bogle Park.
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. An event celebrating the naming was held Friday, Oct. 26, 2009.
“There’s one thing everybody in America knows about our campus, nothing at the University of Arkansas is less than first class,” said Associate Vice Chancellor and Executive Director of Athletics Bev Lewis. “This facility will raise the bar for our softball program. I’m so pleased that the Bogles 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 mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineers are TME Consulting Engineers and the structural engineers are Engineering Consultants. Construction of the facility is handled by Nabholz Contruction’s Ozark 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 Drive and California Drive, 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 chair-back seats. There is space for grilling and groups in the outfield area and six modern skyboxes overlook the field. For the first time, the Razorback 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.