UVA Softball Stadium at Palmer Park

The new home of UVA Softball functions as both a game day stadium and a new state-of-the-art training facility that elevates UVA's softball program and women's sports within the growing Athletics Precinct. The Softball team vacated an outdated field in a remote location and began play at Palmer Park for the 2020 season in a new highly visible site at the center of the Athletic Precinct. In addition to heightened visibility, this move has allowed the team to work together in one location for training, practice, and play – creating efficient operations that allow the players and coaches to focus on athlete development and training.

Nestled alongside Lannigan Field (track and field) and east of Klockner Stadium (soccer), the new Softball Stadium is located at the heart of the “Park of Parks” also near Disharoon Park (baseball), John Paul Jones Arena (basketball), and the George Welsh Indoor Practice Facility (football) – each designed by VMDO. Three decades in the making, the Athletics Precinct has undergone a significant transformation, with Palmer Park signaling an important chapter in UVA's athletics legacy. Combined with softball’s growing popularity, this new exposure and new stadium will impact both softball and women’s sports in vital ways at UVA. Softball is one of the most popular collegiate sports on television and the ACC Network will utilize the new facility to televise several games in 2020 and beyond.

The new home of UVA Softball functions as both a game day stadium and a new state-of-the-art training facility that elevates UVA's softball program and women's sports within the growing Athletics Precinct. The Softball team vacated an outdated field in a remote location and began play at Palmer Park for the 2020 season in a new highly visible site at the center of the Athletic Precinct. In addition to heightened visibility, this move has allowed the team to work together in one location for training, practice, and play – creating efficient operations that allow the players and coaches to focus on athlete development and training.

Nestled alongside Lannigan Field (track and field) and east of Klockner Stadium (soccer), the new Softball Stadium is located at the heart of the “Park of Parks” also near Disharoon Park (baseball), John Paul Jones Arena (basketball), and the George Welsh Indoor Practice Facility (football) – each designed by VMDO. Three decades in the making, the Athletics Precinct has undergone a significant transformation, with Palmer Park signaling an important chapter in UVA's athletics legacy. Combined with softball’s growing popularity, this new exposure and new stadium will impact both softball and women’s sports in vital ways at UVA. Softball is one of the most popular collegiate sports on television and the ACC Network will utilize the new facility to televise several games in 2020 and beyond.

UVA Softball Stadium at Palmer Park
UVA Softball Stadium at Palmer Park

Palmer Park functions as the central team facility for the softball program and as the game-day venue for the softball team. The Home Team Facility contains locker rooms, lounges, a treatment room, and team meeting spaces along with the Player Development Center for training, which includes an indoor hitting facility. The stadium itself includes facilities for the visiting team and the umpires. The concourse level contains toilet rooms and concessions along with seating for 522 spectators. Through future phasing, the grandstands will have the capacity to expand to 1,000 seats, with the full potential for future build-out including 2,500 seats. The Press Box level contains all required spaces to support game day operations, including televised broadcast capabilities to support the growing popularity of collegiate softball.

Palmer Park functions as the central team facility for the softball program and as the game-day venue for the softball team. The Home Team Facility contains locker rooms, lounges, a treatment room, and team meeting spaces along with the Player Development Center for training, which includes an indoor hitting facility. The stadium itself includes facilities for the visiting team and the umpires. The concourse level contains toilet rooms and concessions along with seating for 522 spectators. Through future phasing, the grandstands will have the capacity to expand to 1,000 seats, with the full potential for future build-out including 2,500 seats. The Press Box level contains all required spaces to support game day operations, including televised broadcast capabilities to support the growing popularity of collegiate softball.

UVA Softball Stadium at Palmer Park Player Development Center
UVA Softball Stadium at Palmer Park Player Development Center
UVA Softball Stadium at Palmer Park Player Development Center

The architectural language of Palmer Park draws from its immediate neighbors and the rich history and legacy of UVA’s Grounds. Brick is the predominant material of the constructed edges on Massie and Copeley Roads, employed as both a base for the stadium superstructure and the skin of the Player Development Center. Stone site walls form a base for the building and help negotiate the grades at the entrance. The lightweight roof hovers above the concourse and press box, partially sheltering the grandstands and helping to support the backstop netting.

The architectural language of Palmer Park draws from its immediate neighbors and the rich history and legacy of UVA’s Grounds. Brick is the predominant material of the constructed edges on Massie and Copeley Roads, employed as both a base for the stadium superstructure and the skin of the Player Development Center. Stone site walls form a base for the building and help negotiate the grades at the entrance. The lightweight roof hovers above the concourse and press box, partially sheltering the grandstands and helping to support the backstop netting.

UVA Softball Stadium at Palmer Park

It's such a beautiful Park. The design is perfect for this location, and it's perfect for UVA. I've been to a lot of softball stadiums around the country. We think VMDO did a great job with the design. It's transformational for our Softball program.

– Carla Williams UVA Athletics Director
UVA Softball Stadium at Palmer Park

Project Timeline

Client: University of Virginia

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Discipline: Collegiate Stadium + Practice Facilities

Completion: 2020

Size: 25,500 SF + 522 Seats

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, Athletics + Community, Arenas + Stadia, Practice + Training, Athletic Facilities