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The Billiken Sports Center - Softball

Courtesy: Saint Louis Athletics
          Release: 08/22/2011
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The 2011 season was the 12th campaign for Saint Louis softball at the Billiken Sports Center. The first game at the new facility was played March 13, 2000, when Southeast Missouri State defeated Saint Louis 10-3.

The softball field is located directly behind the baseball field and across from the parking garage at the intersection of Olive and Compton avenues.

Chaifetz Arena is located south of the right-field fence. The multipurpose facility, which opened in April 2008, includes a 10,600-seat multipurpose arena, two regulation-sized basketball courts and athletic department offices. In addition, state-of-the-art athletic training facilities and a top-notch strength and conditioning center are located in the facility for use by all Saint Louis student-athletes.

The Billiken Sports Center originally opened in 1990 and was used for soccer, field hockey and intramurals. During the summer of 1991, a baseball diamond was added. The soccer stadium was expanded in 1999 and rededicated as Robert R. Hermann Stadium. The softball diamond is the latest addition to the BSC.

The field is equipped with bleachers to seat 500 fans. The diamond is the finest facility the Billikens have ever called home. Before the start of the 2001 season, a new scoreboard was installed just behind the right-field fence.

Prior to the 2000 season, the Billikens played home games in numerous parks in the St. Louis area, including St. Louis' Forest Park, ABC Fields and the Affton Athletic Association.

Near the softball diamond is a nature area with two ponds stocked with fish and other wildlife indigenous to Missouri and the St. Louis area.

The Billiken Sports Center is located just minutes from downtown St. Louis. The St. Louis Gateway Arch is visible from the softball bleachers. Parking for softball games is available adjacent to the field in the Olive-Compton garage and on nearby streets.

Quick Facts

 

Designer: Rich Moffitt
Architect: Kennedy Architects
Landscaping: Munie
Seating Capacity: 500
Turf: Natural grass
Dimensions: Lines - 200 feet ; Alleys - 215 feet; Centerfield - 225 feet
First Game: March 13, 2000; vs. Southeast Missouri State
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