Spring 2014: The Softball and Baseball Stadiums Project

Join us as we grow our endowment and invest in Luther's most precious resource‒our students, faculty, and staff. During this time of leadership transition, Luther's development efforts remain focused on our student-centered mission. A two-year transitional funding initiative‒Sustaining the Mission‒focuses on growing the Annual Fund and securing support for select program and scholarship endowments. In addition, as new reunion class initiatives for key reunion years are established, an enhanced planned-giving effort has been launched in tandem with the college's ongoing effort to increase alumni participation and support for the Annual Fund.

The Project

Baseball and softball are two pillars of Norse athletics. Men’s baseball, founded in 1891, was Luther’s first organized intercollegiate athletic team. Women’s softball began in 1969 and has earned national recognition among NCAA Division III teams. In support of both of these excellent Norse athletics programs, Luther College seeks to raise$1,000,000+ to build and furnish two best-in-the-league stadiums.

The proposed stadiums will be located on the sites of the current playing fields. The baseball stadium will seat 300+ spectators, and the softball stadium will seat 200+ spectators. Both venues will include black-netted safety screens behind home plate, press box facilities, and covered canopy areas on the upper levels. Highlighting Luther’s natural beauty, both venues will be landscaped to incorporate a raised berm to maximize the location, the westward view, and the scenic lower campus. Such attention to raised landscaping will also minimize poured concrete, while maximizing the stadium experience.

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