Located on 32 acres just west of the downtown campus, Haymarket Park is a one-of-a-kind facility. Bowlin Stadium, the 2004 SportsTurf Managers Association Field of the Year, is part of the complex that was built for nearly $30 million in 2001.
Bowlin Stadium can accommodate up to 2,500 fans. It features 750 chairback seats with an up-close view of the action, as well as berm seating behind both dugouts and in the outfield and bleacher seating on the first base concourse. The complex also includes a newly redesigned locker room and players’ lounge, coaches’ offices and workout facility, medical and laundry facilities and a spacious, two-level press box. A new videoboard was added during the 2012 season.
The Huskers have won more than 70 percent of their games at Bowlin Stadium thanks to support from the home fans. Nebraska has ranked in the top 10 nationally in attendance in six of the 11 seasons since Bowlin Stadium opened. In 2004, the Big 12 champion Huskers ranked fourth nationally with an average attendance of 955 fans per game.
Bowlin Stadium has allowed Nebraska to serve as an NCAA Regional host in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2013. The largest crowd in school history was 1,960 against Texas on April 9, 2011.
Located down the right-field line with private access to the field is the Bowlin Stadium Clubhouse. Inside the clubhouse is the Huskers’ locker room, a players’ lounge, coaches’ offices and medical and laundry facilities.
Each player has her own locker in the spacious locker room. Individual privacy doors were added in the summer of 2010, along with photos of each player above her locker. The locker room also features a surround-sound music system and private shower stalls.
The players’ lounge features a flat-screen television and comfortable, leather seating for players to relax in before and after practices or games. The players’ lounge also includes displays highlighting Nebraska’s All-Americans, along with the Huskers’ seven Women’s College World Series teams.
The Alex Gordon Training Complex was completed in the fall of 2011 at a cost of $4.75 million. The facility was specifically designed for baseball and softball and has 18,000 square feet of climate-controlled practice space that allows for working on all phases of the game. The space can be configured to utilize as many as six spacious batting cages.
The cages can also be retracted to open up all of the 120-foot by 150-foot space for live game simulation. The entire facility is netted, allowing for the Huskers to take live batting practice. The field turf surface looks and feels like real grass, and the field includes anchors to lock down bases for use during practices.
It was renamed the Alex Gordon Training Complex following a $1 million donation from the Alex Gordon Family.