Memorial Field



Members of the Bluffton campus community have worked to create an appropriate memorial that will remember Zachary Arend, David Betts, Scott Harmon, Cody Holp and Tyler Williams, and honor the experience of the 2007 Bluffton baseball team.

The campus memorial includes three integrated components. First, the men s baseball diamond has been formally named Bluffton University Memorial Field.

The second component is the Circle of Remembrance, a circular-form walkway on a low rise adjacent to shallow right field, with a limestone-capped brick semi-circular wall, benches and landscaping. The Circle of Remembrance features a centerpiece sculpture, Touching Home, by Gregg Luginbuhl, Bluffton faculty-artist, which connects symbolically and visually with home plate on the adjacent Memorial Field.

The final component of the memorial project features a number of enhancements to the playing field. The improvements include a new infield, laser-leveled and sodded, and with three truckloads of Alabama red clay added to the infield dirt. New Major League-style sunken dugouts, large enough to accommodate the team and equipment, have been built. Between them is a new 30 inch brick backstop wall topped with 25 foot high mesh netting. The layout of the backstop and new dugouts is patterned after Chicago s Wrigley Field. In addition, bull pens were moved closer to the new dugouts and new black vinyl fencing has been installed. Two permanent outdoor batting cages have been added adjacent to the left field area.