NDSU's Tharaldson Park Earns NFCA Field of the Year Award

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Tharaldson Park, the home softball stadium for North Dakota State University, was

named the NCAA Division I winner of the 2020 Netting Professionals NFCA Field of the Year award, the

National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced Friday, Nov. 6.

The award, made possible by NFCA official sponsor Netting Professionals, recognizes the top fields and

stadiums in the nation for their flawless grounds maintenance and exceptional playing surfaces. These

locations are selected by the NFCA Awards Committee for six different levels of softball from high school

through NCAA Division I.

Tharaldson Park was dedicated in 2018 after a $2 million renovation to the on-campus stadium, which

has been home to Bison softball since 1996. The project included installation of FieldTurf across the

entire playing surface, bullpens and batting cages along with a fully padded outfield wall and bleacher

seating down the right-field line.

Stadium seating capacity is 735 including a new grandstand with 552 chair-back seats behind home

plate. The facility also includes a new 10-person press box with two broadcasting booths, a camera

platform, and a new Daktronics 10-inning scoreboard and sound system.

North Dakota State is slated to host the Summit League championship tournament in 2021 for the ninth

time in program history. The Bison have advanced to NCAA Division I regionals 10 of the past 11 years

including an NCAA Super Regional appearance in 2009.