College of Saint Benedict Sports Information
ST. JOSEPH, Minn. – In the Strategic Directions 2020, the College of Saint Benedict's blueprint for the future, the college committed to providing exceptional facilities and experiences for athletics in support of physical health and wellness for women.
When the CSB softball team's new facility – and the entire Outdoor Athletic Complex – were completed in 2018, it was clear that goal had been met. And after being in play for four seasons, teams and coaches around Division III are taking notice of the Bennies' impressive home facility.
Friday, the CSB Softball Complex was named the Division III winner of the 2021 Netting Professionals/NFCA Field of the Year award, the NFCA announced. This award recognizes top fields and stadiums in the nation for their flawless grounds maintenance and exceptional playing surfaces.
Other winners include Division I Missouri's Mizzou Softball Stadium; Division II Washburn University's Gahnstrom Field; Calumet College's Whiting Sports Complex from the NAIA; Jones College's Community Bank Park at Gwen Magee Field for NJCAA and the Marauder Softball Stadium from Antelope Valley College for the Cal JCs.
"I am thrilled to have our softball complex recognized by the NFCA," CSB softball coach Rachael Click said. "Many hours went into the planning and construction of the fields, and they continue to be maintained at the highest level by our dedicated grounds crew.
"Our current team loves and takes great pride in our facility, and it makes for a great competition site for visiting teams and fans to enjoy the game."
Click worked with Ben Newlin and Mike Abel from Terra Construction, Michael Brandt from Creo Design Collaborative and Jay Pomeroy at AJA Landscape Architecture to make the dream of a true home-field advantage a reality for the CSB softball team. The Saint Benedict fields crew of Treff Richert, Thomas Jorgensen and Chris Brake do the daily maintenance and upkeep on the field, and Click said she is grateful for all of their work.
Saint Benedict's softball complex includes both a turf and natural field, as well as turf bullpens and batting cages. It also features a heated press box, sound system, lighted grandstand and dugouts, dugouts with custom player lockers and bat racks and branded backstops. There are bathrooms for the teams located in both dugouts, a ticket office and restrooms and concessions for fans.
Click said that the high-quality experience for both fans and players make it award-worthy.
"The fans can enjoy an unobstructed, intimate view from any seat in the stadium. There are permanent bathrooms and concessions," Click said. "Teams have access to a locker room and team room in our support building, and access to both a turf and natural grass field in one location for warmups and games makes this field extremely unique."