Eller Media Stadium
Since the spring of 2002, the Rebel softball team has called Eller Media Stadium at Jim Rogers Field home. In the three years of its existence the program has a 43-37 (.530) record at Eller Media Stadium.
After 19 seasons of playing at the Rebel Softball Diamond in the middle of the UNLV campus, the UNLV community was given a formal introduction to the new stadium on Jan. 26, 2001, with the annual UNLV alumni game. The official debut of the stadium came on Feb. 5, 2002, when the Rebels hosted St. Mary's (Calif.) College in a doubleheader. For UNLV the unveiling was a joyous one as the university received a new home for its softball team and the squad was victorious with two wins on day one.
Plans for the venue were formally announced on March 9, 2000, when the university received $3 million in gifts designated to go toward the stadium and the establishment of a new women's golf team. The primary donors included Donrey Outdoor (now Eller Media), Jim Rogers, Jerry and Sue Lykins, other UNLV athletic donors and the UNLV Foundation.
"Eller Media is very proud to support women's athletic programs at UNLV," Sally Tracey, president of the Eller Media Company, said at the announcement of the gift. "This new softball stadium will give the Rebels an outstanding place to host NCAA softball games."
Shortly thereafter, the UNLV Foundation contracted KGA Architects and KBA Construction Company to design and build the stadium. Ground was broken on June 7, 2001, in a special ceremony featuring the primary donors and Rebel softball players.
Seemingly overnight, a once large and barren plot of dirt was transformed, first into parking lots, then into a foundation and finally into one of the top college softball playing and practice facilities in the country.
The stadium which meets and exceeds NCAA requirements, seats 770 people and cost $2.7 million to build. The outfield fences rest at 200 feet down the right and left field lines and 220 feet in center field. Dugouts, bullpens and batting cages for both home and visiting teams provide a self-contained area for either practice or play. Off the field of play, a press/concession building (1,700 square feet) towers over the venue behind the home plate grandstand. The bottom floor houses a full concession area while the second-floor press level can adequately seat up to six writers and two separate radio broadcast teams.
"As a coaching staff, we have been pleased to inherit such a beautiful facility. We have played and coaches all over the country and Eller Media Stadium definitely ranks among the best," said UNLV head coach Lonni Alameda. "With this facility we are able to host numerous tournaments and postseason play."