Duffy Bass Field Renovation Illinois State University
Duffy Bass Field Renovation Illinois State UniversityNormal, Ill.
The existing Duffy Bass Field was not a fitting venue for a growing and successful athletic program at Illinois State University. While the playing field was in very good condition, the support areas for both athletes and spectators were woefully inadequate in size and appearance. The prominent location of the stadium on the north edge of campus made these issues even more obvious.
All existing components were demolished, except for the field and outfield fence. In the new design, 1,000 spectator seats are situated into the existing hillside. On the upper concourse level are the media rooms, public restrooms, concessions stands, ticket booths and hospitality deck. Perimeter fencing and an entrance gateway arch give the stadium its sense of enclosure and a great new presence along the street.
The site placement of the existing field included a 14-foot change in elevation from the spectator entrance side adjacent to parking areas and the field of play. This aspect of the site allowed designers to create a concourse design in which fans are situated at the upper level looking down on the field as they enter the stadium. This created a way to allow spectators to experience the game even while making concessions purchases.
Project DetailsArchitect: Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf Architects; Indianapolis, Ind.
Construction Cost: $3.1 million
Square Feet: 945
Occupancy: April 2009
Baseball Backstops: West Coast Netting Inc.
Bleachers/Grandstands: Hussey Seating Co.