UCCS to Dedicate Mountain Lions Field

By Doug Fitzgerald published February 23, 2005

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Athletic Department will dedicate Mountain Lion Field at the softball team's home opener on March 5.

The field is located at Four Diamonds Sports Complex (5025 North Nevada). Formerly known as the complexâ€TMs Red Field, Mountain Lion Field has undergone a significant facelift and will feature new dugouts, a new scoreboard (compliments of Pepsi) and a permanent outfield fence with warning track. To accommodate the dugouts, home plate has been reoriented, which increases the amount of room between the foul lines and the fences.

CU-Colorado Springs vice chancellor Brian Burnett and athletic department benefactor Glenn Williams are scheduled to throw out ceremonial first pitches. Athletic director Stephen Kirkham will make special presentations to the city of Colorado Springs Parks and Recreation Department with special thanks to complex supervisor Danny Gieck and his crew, Pinkard Construction, Academy Fence, C & C Roofing and Robinson Block.

Four Diamonds Sports Complex has been the home of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springsâ€TM softball program since its inception in 1990. This season, CU-Colorado Springs moves from the complexâ€TMs Green Field to Mountain Lion Field, which has more than triple the seating capacity and is better situated in relation to rest rooms and the concession stand.

The goal of the facelift is to turn Mountain Lion Field into the finest fastpitch-only facility in Colorado Springs and also elevate it to among the finest in all of Division II. Itâ€TMs location, with a vista of Pikes Peak looming from behind third base and with majestic Pulpit Rock beyond center field, already placed it among the most picturesque venues in the nation. Now, Athletic Director Stephen Kirkham is ensuring that the facilities match the view.

Four Diamonds Sports Complex was built in 1980 after a partnership was formed between CU-Colorado Springs and the city Parks and recreation Department. It is built upon university land, which was part of a large land donation by Dr. Virginia Tremblay. It is located on North Nevada Avenue, about ¾ of a mile north of Austin Bluffs Parkway.

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