|The University of Louisville softball program is proud to call Ulmer Stadium home. As the Cardinals enter their inaugural season in the Atlantic Coast Conference, fans will immediately notice a difference what is already a state-of-the-art stadium as UofL continues its commitment to providing an enjoyable college softball atmosphere.
The University of Louisville is partnering with ANC Sports for the installation of a new LED video board scheduled to be unveiled on March 6, 2015 - the Cards’ home opener. The all-digital surface will include a new high definition board which measures 28-feet wide and 17-feet tall, more than triple the size of the current video space. The video board will also support in-game replays, statistical information, graphics and animation features.
ANC Sports Enterprises, the industry leader in team and venue services, has also done work with Fenway Park, Dodger Stadium and Safeco Field along with many other MLB and professional sports stadiums. They recently completed installation of the video boards at Jim Patterson Stadium, home of UofL baseball, Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium, the home facility for the Louisville men's and women's soccer programs.
The brand new video board comes on the heels of a $3.5 million expansion project which was completed in 2014. The expansion featured an upper deck terrace with elevator access and additional seating to accommodate up to 1,000 people within the stadium, increasing the facility’s capacity to approximately 2,500. The remodeling extended to the plaza which serves as a welcome area for fans at the main entrance.
The upgrade also included a new team locker room and clubhouse with team meeting rooms and offices located on the south side of the stadium. Restrooms were also added to the home and visitor dugouts. A two-foot wall extending across the backstop completed the field area improvements.
A newly-constructed press box was also part of the expansion and features separate booths for home and visiting radio and television as well as an area for media and game operations. The roof of the press box provides a camera deck for televised games as well as still photography.
The UofL softball team began playing on the field in 2000, shortly after construction was completed. It serves as the team’s home field for practices and games and was the site of the 2001 and 2004 Conference USA Softball Championships. Ulmer Stadium was chosen as the host site for BIG EAST Softball Championships from 2008-11 was selected as a host site for the 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2009 NCAA Softball Regionals.
Ulmer Stadium is part of the university’s Cardinal Park. The 16-year-old stadium features field lighting, home and visiting bullpens and a climate-controlled press box and a video board. The state-of-the-art built-in dugouts include oak benches, as well as helmet and bat compartments.
In summer of 2007, the infield was resurfaced with Hilltopper Infield Mix, a state-of-the-art surface that is designed to withstand inclement weather such as wind, rain and snow with minimal wear and tear and maintenance. The upgrading continued in the fall of 2009 when the outfield was re-sodded with bluegrass.
In 2006, Ulmer Stadium underwent several renovations including: refurbishing and adding heaters in both dugouts, upgrading the outdoor batting cages and bullpen areas. Ulmer Stadium also houses the Koetter Center, an indoor hitting and pitching facility.
In addition to university functions, the field is also used to serve the local community as a site for high school softball games and tournaments as well as team camps.
The grounds maintenance supervisor, Mike Winkenhofer and his crew of five dedicate a great deal of time and energy to the maintenance and upkeep of the field. Their tireless efforts have played a significant role in making Ulmer Stadium one of the most outstanding facilities in the nation. In fact, Ulmer Stadium earned 2001 National Fastpitch Coaches Association Turface Award Midwest Regional honors.