Bowlin Stadium - Home of Husker Softball
Bowlin Stadium is part of the 32-acre Haymarket Park complex that was built for $29.53 million in 2001. The 2004 SportsTurf Managers Association FIeld of the Year, Bowlin Stadium officially opened in 2002. A new $4.75 million indoor practice facility was added beyond the right-field fence in the fall of 2011, while the stadium received a new video scoreboard in the spring of 2012. New turf was also planted and the field re-leveled in the summer of 2012. In addition to the field and indoor practice facility, Bowlin Stadium also features a clubhouse, players' locker room and lounge, on-site medical facilities and coaches' offices. The locker room and clubhouse were renovated in 2010. Additional visiting locker rooms are located at the baseball stadium, just south of the clubhouse building.
A fan-friendly venue, Bowlin Stadium features 750 chairback seats with an up-close view of the action, as well as ample bleacher seating and berm seating behind both dugouts and in the outfield. Overall, Bowlin Stadium has seating for 2,500 fans, with an all-time record crowd of 2,302.
Directions to Bowlin Stadium (400 Line Drive Circle)
From Lincoln Municipal Airport: Take West Adams Street (main road exiting the airport) to the first stoplight and turn right onto Cornhusker Highway. Follow Cornhusker Highway and turn right on First Street. Proceed on First Street around the bend until you reach Sun Valley Boulevard, then turn right onto Sun Valley Boulevard. Turn left onto Line Drive and Bowlin Stadium is located on the north end (left side) of the Haymarket Park complex.
From Omaha Eppley Airport: Exit the airport and turn right onto Abbott Drive. Go one mile to Storz Expressway (Abbott Drive turns into Storz Expressway). Proceed three miles to I-480 South. Follow the signs to I-80 West to Lincoln. Follow I-80 for approximately 60 miles and take Exit 403 (27th Street). Turn left onto 27th Street and follow 27th Street to Cornhusker Highway and turn right. Take Cornhusker Highway to 10th Street, then turn left, and stay right to follow Highway 6/Sun Valley Boulevard. Once on Sun Valley Boulevard, turn left onto Line Drive and Bowlin Stadium is located on the north end (left side) of the Haymarket Park complex.
Bowlin Stadium features reserved and general admission seating. Reserved seating feature plastic chairback seats in section 100 and 101 on the seating chart below (red areas). General admission seating includes plastic chairback seats in section 102 (blue area), as well as metal bleacher seating on the first base concourse and grass berm seating behind both dugouts and down both baselines (green area).
Below is a seating chart of Bowlin Stadium (note that the bleacher seating on the concourse level above the visitor's dugout does not appear on the map):
Bowlin Stadium History
After a year of planning and another 16 months of construction, Bowlin Stadium and Hawks Field at Haymarket Park were completed during the fall of 2001, ushering in an exciting era in Husker athletics.
Set up on 32 acres one-half mile west of the UNL campus, the complex combines private and public entities to give NU and the City of Lincoln a one-of-a-kind facility for the Husker baseball and softball teams and the Lincoln Saltdogs, a Northern League team that recently completed a highly successful inaugural season.
On July 31, 1999, NU, the City of Lincoln and Nebco Inc., announced plans to construct new two stadiums, a 6,000-seat stadium for the Husker baseball program and the Saltdogs - marking professional baseball's return to the Star City for the first time in 40 years - and a 2,500-seat softball stadium located next to the baseball field.
Building a complex for the Husker baseball and softball programs, as well as the Saltdogs, whose season runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day, required leadership and a forward-thinking vision from all three entities in the project. The $29.53 million dollar cost of the project was primarily divided between the city, Nebco and the University with additional sources contributing for the rest of the project.
With the funding in place to proceed, the group turned its attention to the design of the new complex. The DLR Group was hired to be the principle designer of the ballparks, as well as the plaza between the two fields, and to create a design unique for Lincoln.
Early on, one of the goals of the project was to enhance the experience for the fans who would attend games at the new parks.
"We wanted to create an intimate, cozy environment where people felt they were right on top of the game, and it felt very interactive," NU Softball Coach Rhonda Revelle said. "The berms in both ballparks create a relaxed, comfortable family atmosphere."
"There's an open concourse, so when fans are waiting in line for concessions or restrooms, they can still see the field from there. There's also a bermed seating area around outside of park, so you can literally walk around the perimeter of the diamond while viewing the action, but you're still within the confines of the stadium."
For the Husker baseball and softball programs, Haymarket Park is more than ballfields. The facility hosts nearly all operations for both teams, including medical and laundry facilities, coaches offices and team lockers and lounges, areas where both coaches provided extensive input.
A new spacious indoor practice facility was added beyond the right-field fence at Bowlin Stadium in the fall of 2011.