With a doubleheader sweep of Palm Beach Atlantic, the FGCU Softball Stadium opened on February 12, 2004. Positioned beyond right field of Swanson Stadium, the FGCU Softball Complex provides a beautiful Florida backdrop to fans with a berm of Palm Trees and landscaping fitting for Southwest Florida. The FGCU Softball Stadium is home to the FGCU Softball team, which has won three Atlantic Sun Championships, as well as being the first FGCU Athletics’ program to record an NCAA postseason victory when it beat the University of Florida 2-1 in the 1st Round of the 2012 NCAA Softball Tournament.
The team’s on field success has led to several improvements in the facility since its 2004 opening. In 2009, the Outdoor Sports Complex (OSC) was built behind the Softball grandstands, which provided a new team locker room and lounge, new coach’s offices, an equipment room, equipment storage, and an Athletic Training Room. Additionally, it provided the stadium with a new concessions stand and public restrooms. Further improvements continued in 2011 when the stadium received a facelift with the seating capacity being expanded from 250 to 361, all new seating being chair backs, and adding covered ADA seating underneath the new grandstands. Additionally, a state of the art permanent steel roof was built to provide shade to fans. This renovation project was also designed for future growth. Improvements continued in 2011 when a permanent sound system was added to the facility and tied into the enclosed press box. Furthermore, in 2012, the stadium’s functionality improved when protective fences were added in front of the dugouts, the bullpens were relocated from the field to beyond the right and left field fence, and a protective net addition was added over the seats to the existing backstop net.
In addition to the improvements made to the FGCU Softball Stadium, the stadium features an electronic scoreboard in left field, state of the art lighting, spacious dugouts, permanent chair back seating, a covered and lit hitting facility, and an enclosed press box underneath the stands behind home plate. The stadium may be best known for its playing surface, which is widely considered one of the best in the state of Florida and was nominated for Sports Turf Management’s Field of the Year recognition.
While the stadium has provided a beautiful home to the Softball program and contributed to their success, even more future improvements to the stadium are anticipated in the coming years. Currently, the field’s lighting will be renovated in the summer of 2013 when the lights will be retrofitted with all new Musco lighting and technology. Other future planned improvements also include the installation of a new state of the art video/scoreboard. Furthermore, it is planned to install a new custom graphic windscreen to the facility’s fencing to improve the overall aesthetic of the stadium.
Opened: February 12, 2004
- Grandstand Chair back Seating – 351
- ADA Seating – 20
Renovations: 2009, 2011, 2012
Lights: Musco Lighting (as of 2013)
Playing Surface: Celebration Bermuda
Scoreboard: Daktronics, right-centerfield
Field Dimensions: LF-200; CF-220; RF-200
- Concession Stand
- Public Restrooms
- Permanent Sound System
- State-of-the-Art Scouting Video Camera System
- Outdoor, Covered, Lighted Hitting Facility
- 1,109 – Softball vs. Alabama/Wichita State – February 15, 2013
- 437 – Softball vs. Southern Illinois – February 16, 2013
- 415 – Softball vs. Appalachian State – February 16, 2013
- 395 – Softball vs. East Tennessee State – March 28, 2009
- 345 – Softball vs. Mercer – April 25, 2010