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Alumni Field

Ann Arbor, MI

Home of the Michigan Wolverines Softball

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Alumni Field (map it)
1202 S State St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104


Michigan Wolverines Softball website

Alumni Field website

Year Opened: 1982

Capacity: 2,800

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Maize & Blue Softball

The University of Michigan softball team is one of the most successful programs in the country. As a member of the Big Ten, the Wolverines have finished in third place or better every season since 1991. That’s a remarkable run and things seem to only be getting better under legendary head coach, Carol Hutchins. During that same period, Michigan has appeared in the Women’s College World Series 11 times, including finishing as the national runner-up in 2015.

The Wolverines play at Alumni Field, part of the Wilpon Sports Complex along with Ray Fisher Stadium. It’s an impressive facility with seating for 2,800 fans clad in maize and blue. The stadium originally opened in 1982, but underwent extensive renovations following the 2007 season. In 2014, AstroTurf was installed as well as a modern scoreboard.

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What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    3

You'll find a better than expected menu at Alumni Field, but the prices are also a little on the high side for college softball.

Sausages are available from Dearborn Sausage Company. You can go with a hot dog ($4), or if you're feeling like you would like something a little more interesting, then go for the Cajun bratwurst ($6). Snacks like boxes of candy ($4), Cracker Jack ($3), and the ever clever popped maize (that's popcorn) is available for $5.

If it's a hot day, then a frozen lemonade ($5) may hit the spot, and you'll find vendors in the crowd selling flavored ice ($4). Coca-Cola 20 ounce bottles are available ($4), as well as bottled water ($3), and Gatorade ($4).

With so many great culinary options in Ann Arbor you may want to eat before or after the game, but if you're feeling hungry, then go for the basic hot dog and a cold drink to get you through the 7 innings.

Atmosphere    4

Seeing a Michigan softball game at Alumni Field has really become a must-see event in town. Games are often sellouts, and the packed house along with the level of play on the field makes for an outstanding experience.

There are three seating options. The grandstand offers bleacher seats (reserved bleachers) and chairback seats (reserved chairbacks). Many of these are occupied by season ticket holders, but if you have the opportunity, then the chairback seats are worth the extra price, both because they are more comfortable and because you will be protected from the sun.

The third seating option are the general admission bleachers which stretch from the right field foul pole into center field. If you arrive early, go for the back row so you can have some back support throughout the game. These seats are fine, but you will have the sun in your face for much of an evening game. Bring a hat and some sunscreen. Occasionally the Michigan baseball team is playing a game simultaneously with the softball team, and these outfield seats can offer you a glimpse at both games, an added bonus.

Neighborhood    5

Ann Arbor is truly one of the greatest college towns in the United States, and there is plenty to do, see, and eat. Make sure to give yourself some extra time if you're coming to town, or make a weekend out of the excursion.

Ashley's is a wonderful bar with hundreds of beers available, and some tasty food as well. Grange is a great place for more adventurous foodies with mainly local ingredients, and some really amazing housemade sausages. I like the Blue Tractor for its BBQ and locally made brews. If you have kids with you, then the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum is a great place to spend a couple of hours, and will be a winner with young ones.

There are plenty of other great bars and restaurants worth visiting if you'll be in Ann Arbor for a weekend, so be sure you explore what the city has to offer.

Fans    5

Michigan softball fans are a dedicated bunch, and sellouts are becoming a common occurrence, especially as the team continues to be ranked and the Midwest weather turns to spring as the season goes on.

In 2014, Michigan ranked 7th in NCAA softball attendance in the nation. In 2015, they moved up to 4th in the nation, averaging more than 1,500 fans per game. In 2016, Alumni Field had an average attendance of over 2,000 per game, which is truly astonishing.

These are truly some of the best fans in the sport, and their energy helps to make a trip to Alumni Field a special experience.

Access    4

Parking is available in several parking lots around Alumni Field, but the primary lot is the Athletic Department Lot, which is accessible from State Street or Hoover Street. Another possibility is the SC-7 Lower Crisler Center Blue Lot, which is available beginning two hours before game time. If you're new to the area, be sure to check out the Michigan athletic department's parking map for softball.

If you plan on spending time downtown before or after the game (or both), then you can always park downtown, and walk to and from the game. There are several parking garages available at reasonable prices. Street parking is also a distinct possibility, just be sure to read signs closely to avoid being ticketed or towed.

Once inside the ballpark, it is very easy to navigate and you are able to walk the outer concourse all the way around the facility.

Return on Investment    4

Tickets are more expensive than you might expect ($8-$12) for college softball, but worthwhile given the level of play and the general atmosphere provided at the ballpark. Children under the age of 5 are admitted free of charge. Concession prices are a little on the high side and free parking is easy to find in the area. Overall, a trip to Alumni Field is well worth the total cost.

Extras    4

The consistent excellence of the Michigan softball program is well worth an extra point. You can be sure that you will be seeing one of the nation's top teams when you come to Alumni Field.

Alumni Field is often rented out to area little league or travel baseball teams at a cost of $325 per game. It's a great early chance for kids to play in a stadium for the first time in their lives.

The fact that many of the softball games at Alumni Field is really a credit to the fan base here, and helps to drive the electric atmosphere at most games.

Sierra Romero may very well go down as one of the best softball players in the history of Michigan, the Big Ten, and even the nation. I feel very fortunate to have been able to see her hit a home run at Alumni Field.

Final Thoughts

If you haven't seen a college softball game, and you live or are visiting the Midwest, then a trip to Ann Arbor and Alumni Field is a great way to be indoctrinated into the game. Come and see one of the best college softball ballparks in the country.

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Crowd Reviews

Every seat is a good one

Total Score: 3.57

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 0

Every seat in Alumni Field gives you a great view of the action. it is easy to get to and centrally located near the baseball stadium, football stadium and campus.

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