Hillenbrand Stadium offers clean line-of-sight views for all spectators, an excellent stabilizer-red infield surface, an oversized backstop, a press box, a 28-foot electronic scoreboard, recessed masonry dugouts, double-warm-up bullpens, wheelchair access and seating areas, permanent six-foot outfield fence, permanent restroom, concession and ticketing facilities under the 2,000 seat grandstand, and a memorial entryway. All permanent seats in the park are chair or plank-back, and outfield bleachers seating put fans on all sides of the field. The University of Arizona softball program moved into the facility seven years ago, and proved it was equal to the trappings by winning two consecutive NCAA championships and leading the nation in attendance in 1994 and 1995. UA added another back-to-back NCAA title splurge in 1996 and1997, in addition to winning the crown in 2000 as well. The outfield fence is festooned with those and other championship banners. Rita Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium is one of many Arizona athletic facilities supported by Mr. and Mrs. William G. Hillenbrand. Bill Hillenbrand and his wife, Doby (Delores D.), financed the $1 million stadium and landscaping in memory of their late sister-in-law, Rita. The family later contributed more funds to provide the wrought iron fencing surrounding the park.
Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium Facility C