FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Bogle Park, home of the Arkansas Razorback softball team, has been recognized by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) as the 2022 Netting Professionals/NFCA DI Field of the Year.
“It’s a great honor for our entire program, as Bogle Park has become one of the most electric atmospheres in college softball,” said head coach Courtney Deifel. “This is a well-deserved honor for Austin Freeman and our field team here at Bogle. Austin and his team are working tirelessly to make Bogle one of the best stadiums in the country.”
The playing surface is maintained by a team led by Austin Freeman.
Bogle Park was made possible through the primary donation of Bob and Marilyn Bogle and the Bogle family who also made significant contributions to both the university and the athletic departments over many years. An event celebrating the nomination was held on Friday, October 26, 2009.
With a total capacity of 3,200, Bogle Park is considered one of the premier softball stadiums in the nation, as it hosted the busiest NCAA regional and super regional regions in 2022. Arkansas completed the 2022 season third in terms of cumulative attendance (66,247) and fourth on average. attendance (1,948) at home. Nine of the 10 highest-attended games in Bogle Park history were played in 2022. Bogle Park sold out nine times in 2022.
One of the most striking aspects of Bogle Park is the dramatic lobby-level entrance. Upon entering, fans view the pitch and then descend into the lounge area which houses 1,200 high-backed seats. There is room for groups in the outer berm while six modern skyboxes overlook the pitch.
This award, made possible by the compensation professionals of the official sponsor of the NFCA, recognizes the best fields / stadiums in the country for their impeccable maintenance of the grounds and their exceptional playing surfaces. These locations are selected by the NFCA Awards Committee for NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA, Cal JC, NWAC, and High School Divisions I, II, and III.
The winners were nominated by NFCA member coaches and selected by a panel of their peers on the NFCA Awards Committee. They will be recognized on December 10 at the annual NFCA convention awards brunch.