Katie Seashole Pressly Softball Stadium
Built: 1996 | Last Renovated: 2001 | Additions: 2012 | Seating Capacity: 1,200
Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium, located on the corner of Hull and Museum Roads, is the home of Gator Softball. Ground broke for the stadium on Feb. 1, 1996, just a year before holding the first-ever Florida Softball game on Feb. 8, 1997. Originally built at a cost of $2.6 million, improvements to enhance the experience of Florida’s fans and student-athletes have been made to the stadium since its opening.
In 2001, a 2,300 square-foot locker room, team room and equipment room building were added next to the existing training room and clubhouse building. Nets were extended from the backstop to the ends of both dugouts to protect fans from fly balls. Called the Florida Softball Stadium until the summer of 2007, the stadium was named Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium after a generous gift from Jamie and Katie Pressly of West Palm Beach. The Presslys are long-time supporters of Gator athletics, as Florida’s track and soccer stadium is named for Jamie Pressly and his father.
Amenities for the student-athletes and coaches include a training room for treatment needs, a team room for team meetings, study space and equipment for reviewing video, locker rooms for players, coaches and umpires and a brand new all-weather batting cage facility. The press box affords room for home and visitor radio broadcasts and TV telecasts, as well as a multi-level media seating and game management area. For the fans, Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium seats 1,200 in amphitheater style with ample handicapped seating, large restrooms, concession and Gator Locker Room areas on the concourse.
Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium features a brand new, state-of-the-art digital video board, installed prior to the start of the 2012 season for announcements and sponsor ads, while also boasting both video and audio capabilities to enhance the gameday experience for the Gator faithful.
Several other enhancements prior to the 2012 include upgrades to the Gators’ locker room and team room areas, along with a brand new all-purpose, all-weather batting cage facility. Named the Joyce Oliver Batting Cages thanks to a generous donation from Gator Booster Joyce Oliver, the cages feature ample space for hitting, pitching and defense and are complete with a sound system and video analysis capabilities.
“We’re so thankful to have such a great new training facility, thanks to Ms. Oliver’s donation to the Florida softball program. It’s been great to spend time getting to know Ms. Oliver as we’ve watched together as the Joyce Oliver all-purpose, all-weather batting cage facility came to fruition. It gives us a tremendous advantage, not only in recruiting, but in productivity on a daily basis. We’re able to pitch, hit and practice our defense in a well-lit, wide-open facility that has all the bells and whistles from a sound system to video analysis. We can do anything at any time to help improve our game, which in turn helps us contribute to the overall success of the Florida athletics program.”
- Florida Softball Head Coach Tim Walton
Game day at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium is exciting for players and fans alike! In addition to some of the best softball games in the country, Gator Softball fans are treated to a fan atmosphere like no other, featuring contests, promotions, giveaways, chances to meet and get autographs from the Florida players and coaches, as well as visits from both Albert and Alberta. The festive atmosphere, spacious stadium and exciting competition make Florida softball games a great place for family outings!
|All-Time Top-Five Florida Softball Home Crowds|
|1. 2,433||LSU||April 3, 2010|
|2. 2,423||Alabama||March 28, 2009|
|3. 2,398||Florida State||April 8, 2009|
|4. 2,388||Stetson*||Feb. 8, 1997|
|5. 2,082||California||March 24, 2008|
|* - Program’s Opening Day|
|Florida Softball Stadium Team Records|
|Most Runs||22||North Florida (5/5/10)|
|Most Hits||21||South Carolina (5/8/10)|
|Most Home Runs||6
North Florida (5/5/10)
|Most RBIs||22||North Florida (5/5/10)|
|Most Stolen Bases||12||Mississippi State (4/27/03)|
|Most Strikeouts||16||Ole Miss (3/10/98)|
|Florida Softball Stadium Individual Records|
|Most Runs||4||Michelle Moultrie (Michigan State, 2/19/12)|
|4||Brittany Schutte (Michigan State, 2/19/12)|
|4||Kelsey Bruder (Mississippi State, 3/16/11)|
|4||Brittany Schutte (North Dakota State, 3/5/12)|
|4||Amy Criswell (Florida A&M, 4/5/98)|
|Most Hits||4||Michelle Moultrie (FGCU, 5/19/12)|
|4||Kelsey Bruder (Mississippi State, 3/16/11)|
|4||Michelle Moultrie (Mississippi State, 3/16/12)|
|4||Aja Paculba (North Florida, 5/5/10)|
|4||Kim Waleszonia (Jacksonville, 3/22/06)|
|4||Nicole Kreipl (Florida A&M, 4/11/99)|
|4||Nicole Kreipl (Centenary, 2/13/99)|
|4||Amy Criswell (Florida A &M, 4/5/98)|
|4||Nicole Kreipl (Bethune-Cookman, 4/5/97)|
|Most Home Runs||2||17 times, last Kelsey Horton (FGCU, 5/19/12)|
|Most RBIs||7||Bailey Castro (Ole Miss, 4/8/12)|
|Most Stolen Bases||4||Jackie Marchetta (Mississippi St., 4/27/03)|
|Most Strikeouts||16||Chelsey Sakizzie (Ole Miss, 3/10/98)|
|Perfect Games||3||Chelsey Sakizze (4/5/97), Jenny Gladding (2/7/04), Stephanie Brombacher (3/25/10)|
|No Hitters||8||Chelsey Sakizzie (3/10/98), Beth Dieter (5/7/00), Renise Landry (2/20/00 & 3/10/01), Jenny Gladding (4/18/03), Lindsay Littlejohn (2/19/06), Stephanie Brombacher (2/13/09) and Stacey Nelson (4/26/09)|