History of Wilkins Stadium

The home for WSU softball has come a long way since April 6, 1994, the first year permanent lighting was installed. The first evening softball game was played on campus that night, according to goshockers.com

Construction on Wilkins Stadium began three years later, in 1997, replacing the Wichita State Softball Diamond that seated around 300. Finished in 1998, Wilkins Stadium seats 1,000 fans. The $1.3 million stadium was made possible through student facility fees and contribution from C. Howard Wilkins, as well, and his family and friends.

In 2000, the infield was renovated. The $28,000 renovation went to new irrigation, new topsoil and a new drainage system. The field was also releveled and sloped correctly.

More improvements occurred in 2003, including covered batting cages and a new scoreboard. Since the upgrades, more fans visited Wilkins Stadium than ever before, setting new attendance records for the stadium.

Situated on the east side of campus, the stadium provides a view of the recently-closed Braeburn Golf Course and the green cedar trees that sit outside the field’s wooden fence.

The home of Shocker softball is considered among the best stadiums in the Midwest.