Sept. 20, 2007
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The University of New Mexico softball complex will have a new look come winter. The field and the stadium are receiving some much-needed improvement that will benefit players and fans alike. The nearly $1 million project is expected to be completed before the start of the 2008 season.
The improvements to the field will have the players thinking that they are playing across the street at Isotopes Park. The field will receive a flatter grade, removing the crown it once had, and making it a more pure surface.
UNM will install a new dirt surface on the infield that is similar to the famous "Dodger Dirt" that is used in Dodger Stadium, home of the Los Angeles Dodgers as well as in Isotopes Park. The outfield will have a sport bluegrass that is also used by the Isotopes. The warning track consists of a hill-topper surface that is water resistant.
The Lobo softball field will become pitcher friendly as the park will be expanded. The new dimensions will be 205 feet down the lines and 225 feet from left-center to right-center. The outfield wall will also see some changes. There will be a five-foot wall from left-center to right-center. Behind the centerfield fence, there will be an elevated grass berm for fans to enjoy the game making Lobo softball a more fan friendly environment. There will be two seven-foot electronic scoreboards from the foul poles towards left-center and right-center. The scoreboards measuring 7 feet tall by 20 feet wide will give everyone in the ballpark a clear view. Outfield bleachers will also be added, making room for another 1,000 Lobo softball fans.
The field renovations are to be completed by Nov. 1 with the bleachers, scoreboards and retaining fences to be finished sometime next January. The completion of the renovations will be a great addition to the recently renovated practice facilities, and new clubhouse with locker rooms and offices. For more information visit about UNM athletics visit golobos.com.