CELEBRATING 25 SEASONS IN STYLE THE MAKING OF NUSZ PARK

THE PAST

February 26, 1997 marked the restart of Mississippi State's softball program and its initial debut at the MSU Softball Field. A sweep against Samford on Opening Day led the Bulldogs to their first back-to-back victories in that facility.

Mississippi State softball has since accomplished an overall record of 30 or more wins in 15 of 19 seasons and 12 trips to the NCAA Tournament.

THE FUTURE

After much discussion, renovating the softball stadium became a reality in 2011 when Mississippi State hired Wier+Boerner Architecture to draw up plans. Ground broke on the $6.4 million facility at the completion of the 2015 softball season.

SUMMER 2015

FALL 2015

"It has just been a unique experience...because how many times are you going to be able to be involved in something like this - to watch it get torn down - the ground dug up? As soon as we started seeing it come out of the ground, and they brought the steel in, everybody was excited." - VANN STUEDEMAN, Head Coach
“It’s just exciting. We all came here with the vision of building the program and making the program better than when we got here. For us to be a part of creating this stadium and building this program, it is really bigger than us and it feels amazing.” - CAROLINE SEITZ, Junior/Infielder

SPRING 2016

WHAT'S IN A NAME

The facility was named after alumni couple Tommy and Terri Nusz of Houston, Texas. The Nusz' lead gift for the softball facility is part of a significant contribution from them for Infinite Impact: The Mississippi State University Campaign.

"Everyday just coming out here, we saw it being pieced together one by one. Now we’re walking out here and it’s finally all together. I think ‘wow’ is just the best word to describe it and how beautiful it is." - KATIE ANNE BAILEY, Junior/Catcher

THE GRAND RE-OPENING

Fans gathered at Nusz Park on Feb. 11 for a dedication ceremony prior to Mississippi State's season opener against Georgia Southern. Surrounded by MSU President Mark Keenum, Athletic Director Scott Stricklin and fellow donors, Tommy Nusz cut the ribbon to signify the facility's grand reopening. Nusz threw out the first pitch of the Bulldog's 2016 campaign shortly after.

Mississippi State celebrated its opening night with a complete-game shutout over the Eagles. The Bulldogs went on to sweep the weekend, winning all five of their games in the Bulldog Kickoff Classic.

“Opening night was incredible. From marketing, to those who gave speeches at the ceremony, the president; it was everything you could dream of. It was even better that we won the game and it was a one-hit shutout. I am so proud of what Mississippi State has done for this softball program.” - VANN STUEDEMAN, Head Coach

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