Rocky Johnson Field
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Rocky Johnson Field, the home of Red Raider softball team since the 2001 season, is now one of the finest softball venues in the Big 12 after several renovations have been completed in the decade that followed. Softball was reinstated at Texas Tech beginning with the inaugural season of the Big 12 in 1996.
The inclusion of a state-of-the-art team facility which includes an indoor hitting facility, offices, locker rooms, complete athletic training and equipment storage areas, the luxurious team room can play host to pre-event functions and will serve as an overflow media center during tournaments.
The original field was constructed at a cost of $2.5 million and would have not been possible without the kind support of James L. "Rocky" Johnson. Johnson was a distinguished alumnus of the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech who was CEO of GTE for many years and who also served as a Texas Tech Regent.
The Barbara Peevyhouse press box was added prior to the 2001 season and remains one of the best media facilities for the sport in the conference. With two television/radio booths and seating for a dozen media members, the building has the potential to expand to accommodate more because of the ample space behind primary seating areas.
Major renovations to the field and dugout areas were realized in time for the 2009 season and then, in time for the 2010 season, construction concluded on a state-of-the-art indoor facility. The softball complex includes coaching offices, a meeting room, a players' lounge, equipment rooms and locker rooms. In addition, the Red Raider softball team now has the luxury of also working out in their new indoor and outdoor batting cages, thanks to these renovations.
In the summer of 2010, Rocky Johnson Field played host to a weeklong professional series of softball, featuring the Orlando and Chicago franchises who boasted a number of USA national players on their rosters, which culminated in a Saturday evening game of the week on the ESPN family of networks. The more than 2,600 fans in attendance represented the largest crowd to ever attend a softball game on campus.
Prior to the 2012 season, Texas Tech added just over 500 seats to the complex, pushing the facility's official capacity to just under 1,100, one of the largest in the conference. The project, which replaced the grass berms over the first and third base dugouts, allowed for seating to be available all the way down the baselines up until each team's bullpen.
The renovation marks the second for Tech since the facility officially opened in 1999. After three-consecutive trips to the postseason, Tech is now more prepared to be a NCAA Regional site with its increased capacity. Tech still has the ability to add portable seats as needed as well.
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