Mabel Lee Hall Fields
The construction for two new synthetic turf fields at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was completed September 15, 2008. The new fields located directly east of Mabel Lee Hall (and north of Teachers College Hall) are on the site of the softball diamond that was the former home of the Husker softball team prior to their relocation to Bowlin Stadium at Haymarket Park. Nemaha Construction, Inc. of Lincoln, Nebraska is the construction contractor and the project/site management is being overseen by UNL Facilities Management & Planning. UNL Campus Recreation manages programming and scheduling of the new fields. The fields are used for intramural sports and sport club activities such as flag football, soccer, rugby, and ultimate, plus open recreational play. The west dugout and press box provide restrooms and an athletic training area for the Mabel Lee fields. The turf fields have an estimated twelve-year life span before needing to be re-surfaced.
Funding for the field construction was financed through three sources: PepsiCo, Inc. via the UNL Pouring Rights Contract ($1 million); UNL Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs ($400,000); and UNL Campus Recreation via UPFF student fees($335,000).
UNL Campus Recreation services over 24,000 memberships annually to students, faculty, and staff. Over 645,000 annual visits are logged at the Campus Rec Center and the Activities Building on East Campus which serve as the campus' exercise, fitness, and recreational sport facilities. The department also manages 140 acres of outside/green recreation space and administers the Intramural Sports, Fitness & Wellness, Sport Clubs, Rec & Leisure Classes, Outdoor Adventures, Aquatics, Injury Prevention, Massage Therapy, and Youth Activities programs.