Dot Hicks Field
With the long awaited addition of the Marshall Softball Complex, a new era of Thundering Herd softball has started. Construction of the complex commenced in November, 2007 when university officials, student-athletes and alumni came together to launch "The Bridge" campaign, which also announced the stages of two other university projects.
Since the ceremony, construction of the new facility has taken place with the first two phases of the project being completed prior to the Herd's first home games, March 15, 2008 against Houston. The first two phases included the playing surface, warm-up areas, grandstands, press box and concession building. The field is equipped with field turf in the outfield and in the warm-up areas.
The proximity of the softball complex to campus will allow students and community members a chance to see the state-of-the-art facility on a regular basis. Adjacent to Joan C. Edwards Stadium, the $2.5 million facility's final completion date is expected in the summer of 2008, which will include a clubhouse.
Donor Dot Hicks will have the field named after her, because of her generosity and commitment to excellence. For her efforts, Hicks was present at "The Bridge" ceremony and helped turn over the dirt to begin construction. The actual name of the stadium has yet to be determined.