Felsberg Field at the FIU Softball Stadium (map it)
11200 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33199
Year Opened: 2014
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Official Review by Chris Green, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
FIU softball games are full of energy. The field itself just underwent a massive overhaul. The fans are loud and loyal. The facility is top notch, and getting there isn’t a difficult process. Best of all, the experience is great for sports fans who are looking for a fun, laid back, yet competitive atmosphere.
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There isn't a wide variety to pick from as the venue is small, but what is sold is pretty darn good. The FIU softball team routinely has grills set up outside of the entrance during games to fire up some hot dogs, burgers, chicken, and other specialty items. The best part is that everything is relatively inexpensive, and therefore affordable. A burger and soda costs less than $10, which is way less than most college or professional sports experiences will cost you. They also often have pizza and a nice mix of candy and chips to pick from, if you want something small to snack on.
FIU softball is one of the best-attended sports on campus by a mix of students, family, friends, fans, and fellow athletes. The baseball team often makes an appearance, bringing their chants and cheers with them to liven up the stadium. Celebrities have also made appearances at the stadium, with Terry Francona seen taking in a game whenever UNC visits. Then there is the seating, which was recently renovated. What used to be a collection of bleachers like at a high school field now is a massive, vertically-inclined bowl, providing a perfect point of view for the fans to watch the game, with no views being blocked. Additionally, the players themselves add to the experience with their signature chants. Softball is a sport known for their chants, and each team has their own variations for each player and situation, making it fun for young kids to get into the game.
FIU's athletic fields are on campus, which makes it convenient to attend. Unlike stadiums in the middle of a city, there is a sense of security on campus, as you are seemingly separated from the rest of the neighborhood around it. However, there still remains the issue of how that surrounding neighborhood looks, and it isn't exactly the best in Miami.
Sweetwater is a town known for political corruption and severe street flooding during hurricanes, and not much else. Put a college campus in the middle of it, and you have FIU.
The campus itself is growing by the day, with new construction all over the place and new buildings popping up. FIU's softball facility is on the far west end of the campus, situated in a corner behind the US Century Bank Arena and FIU's tennis courts. Very few hotels are nearby, making the idea of an overnight trip hard if you wanted to stay close to the action.
The fans at FIU softball are phenomenal. They cheer as loud as any sport on campus. They know each player, their history, and her respective stats. They also are sport-hardened, knowing the team's history, how well they have done in the past, potential prospects, and the latest news from around the conference. It is easy to say that of all of FIU's sports teams, the fans at FIU softball are the most loyal there are. Few follow the team with such fervor as these fans, and when the crowd erupts after a home run, it is hard to not feel the passion.
Getting to any stadium at FIU isn't too hard, but traffic can sometimes be problematic. As is typical in Miami, traffic backs up right around the exits nearest FIU's campus on a daily basis. If you find yourself hoping to get to a game and rush hour happens to have lasted a little longer on that day, you may be in for a late arrival. The campus is right off of Florida's Turnpike, and the softball field is actually visible from the road itself.
The price of a ticket to an FIU softball game ranges from $3 to $5, with tournaments costing $7 to $10. This means for little investment, you can get a quality game day experience around some of the best fans in the sport, complete with something to eat and drink, with little more than drive time being a major factor. The FIU softball tournaments are also worth the price of admission, as the entire day from early morning until late night is full with non-stop, back-to-back-to-back college softball games. The annual Felsberg Memorial tournament is a must-see for any softball fan in South Florida.
FIU softball often has multiple giveaways. From player posters to hats to t-shirts, the softball team is always giving something away to their fans.
Another neat thing you can do at the game is walk next door and watch an FIU tennis match. The two facilities are next to each other, so sports fans can bounce between the two during tournament days for a full sports day.
One of the smallest aspects of the FIU field that few people notice is a single seat in the top corner of the stands that is black and adorned with a military logo. This is the Felsberg seat, and it always remains empty in memory of Michael Felsberg, an FIU grad who was killed in Iraq while in the US Marines.
College softball can be a pretty exciting sport. It is smaller and much more fast-paced than baseball. The field seems a lot closer to the fans, and therefore makes you feel closer to the action. And FIU's softball stadium is a very nice facility. If you are looking to catch a college softball matchup, FIU is definitely worth the look.
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