William R. Bowdoin Field is named after the former chairman of the Berry College Board of Trustees, who held that post from 1960-84. Built in 1988 to coincide with the resurrection of Berry’s baseball program, Bowdoin Field has undergone extensive renovations in the past several years to become a premier small college baseball facility.
The makeover began in 2002, when the hitting tunnels on the left field side of the stadium received new carpeting and nets. The changes continued in 2003, when Berry’s coaching staff replaced the existing carpet cutouts on the field and added blue turf with the Berry Viking logo behind home plate. The infield surface was completely redone that summer, with the addition of a mar mix clay combined with conditioner, and the lips of the outfield grass and infield dirt were also removed. The staff also rebuilt the pitcher’s mound, as well as the pitcher’s mound in the home bullpen, and rebuilt the home plate area.
Along with changes to the playing facility, William R. Bowdoin Field also underwent cosmetic changes in 2003. Berry’s Viking-head logo was painted on the outside of each dugout, and inside the home dugout. A navy windscreen was added to the fence to surround the entire playing area, and a Berry Vikings logo was included on the windscreen in centerfield.
In the summer of 2004, the most dramatic changes took place. That was when the press box facility, which includes restrooms and a concession stand on the lower level, as well as plenty of space for print and electronic journalists and a new office for Berry head coach David Beasley on the top level, was built. Also, a new net backstop was installed, replacing the previous fence backstop.
Prior to the 2006 season a new grandstand seating just over 600 fans was completed. Lights were installed during the 2007 season.
Rightfield Line: 330 feet
Right-Centerfield: 375 feet
Centerfield: 400 feet
Left-Centerfield: 375 feet
Leftfield Line: 330 feet