ILLINOIS STATE Softball Redbird Vision
“MELINDA FISCHER SOFTBALL FIELD” at MARIAN KNEER SOFTBALL STADIUM
The Illinois State women’s softball team has always enjoyed playing at home, taking pride in the Redbird Softball Complex, the grassy field that has served as their home the past 10 years. Fans line up along the right-and left-field lines to get a better view of the games. It’s time to build on the field where the Redbirds have celebrated their wins, to make Illinois State’s facilities even more competitive as players compete on an upgraded surface and fans cheer from comfortable seating when its unveiled. Raising $2.5 million would allow Redbird Athletics to bestow the honor of turning the Adelaide Street field into the “Melinda Fischer Softball Field”, named for the Redbird Softball team’s head coach who holds the distinction of having more wins than any other coach in the history of Illinois State Athletics. A generous gift from Marian Kneer ‘49, M.S. ‘57, provided the foundation for the complex. She pioneered the inclusion of women’s sports in the Illinois High School Association in the 1970s, two years prior to the passage of the Title IX Education Amendment. “Helping sports participation is always a good way to give back its pleasures,” said Kneer, a member of the Illinois State University Athletics Hall of Fame and College of Education Hall of Fame. Her passion for softball will allow Illinois State student-athletes to enjoy the pleasures of the sport for generations to come.
The upgraded field will include: • Seating for 1,000; including 400 chair backs and 600 bleacher backs • Synthetic turf • Sunken dugouts to improve spectator views • Media suite • Event management suites • Heated dugouts and restrooms
2010 Redbird Softball Media Guide
Published on Apr 4, 2011