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After spending its first 21 seasons playing off-campus at Kirchoff Park, the Valparaiso softball team moved on campus in 2003 as the Crusaders began play at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.
The facility features a natural grass playing surface in the outfield and a dirt-skinned infield. The foul poles are 200 feet down both lines, with the centerfield fence 215 feet from home plate. A large scoreboard sits beyond the leftfield fence, and spacious dugouts line both the first and third baselines. The entire facility is enclosed with fencing.
The facility underwent a number of substantial upgrades prior to the 2011 campaign. An aluminum grandstand structure was built, stretching behind the backstop from dugout to dugout. The middle section features chairback seating, while other sections provide bleacher seating.
Included in the construction of the grandstand structure was an enclosed press box atop the grandstand, with room and hookups for live audio/video broadcasts. A concession area was also built at ground level into the grandstand as well.
Down the left-field line, a pair of batting cages were installed, enclosed by mesh netting. On the field, the warning track and infield were renovated as well.
The Valparaiso University Softball Field hosted its first postseason event in 2012, as the Crusaders earned the right to host the Horizon League Softball Championship.