Workman Family Softball Field, Millikin University

Decatur, IL

Millikin University had sought to find a home for their women's softball program for over three decades. Thanks to a generous donation from the Workman Family, that dream finally came to reality! The new field is a monument to Millikin University's commitment to create high-level athletic fields and to recruit and retain the highest academic achieving athletes. Just in the first year, their number and quality of new recruits (both academically and athletically) has increased.

From the beginning, the design team was tasked with the challenge of creating a Division III softball field like no other in the midwest (and perhaps the nation). Because Millikin's campus is rich with spaces and facilities that invoke a feeling of campus pride, history, and elegance, it was imperative that the facility associated with the softball field do the same. The new space needed to develop a sense of community, and it was designed as a place for players, coaches, students, staff, and the community to gather and celebrate the successes of Millikin student athletes. Millikin University's commitment to creating a top quality facility can be seen in the professional style 'sunken' dugouts, synthetic turf infield and outfield, team room, vinyl fencing, berm seating, patio seating, and stadium chair seating.