Christina M. Hixson Softball Park
The Christina M. Hixson Softball Park has been home to the University of Nevada since the 2007 season. Named after the benefactor whose donation allowed Nevada to purchase the land for the softball complex, the land for the facility was purchased from Bishop Manogue Catholic High School and is located adjacent to campus across Evans Avenue from Peccole Park. The 23-acre site is also home to the field events for Wolf Pack women's track and field.
The softball facility has 168 permanent chair backs behind home plate. The facility can hold up to 1,000 fans comfortably with room for lawn chairs on the burms behind the first and third base lines as well as in the outfield. There is room to expand the facilities' seating capacity to 1,500 fans with aluminum bleachers.
Nevada's side features two batting cages while the visitor's side has one. There are permanent dugout facilities with restrooms and parking for 168 cars adjacent to the facility. While the plumbing and wiring has been installed for a permanent press box, concession stand, ticket booth and restrooms, temporary amenities are currently in place.
"I'm very excited to finally have a place to call home,” head coach Michelle Gardner said. “We have a great facility and we are very excited to get over there. A lot of people have done a lot of hard work for this facility and we are grateful for what we have."
The outfield is natural grass, while the infield is hilltopper, a very absorbent waterless soil compound, which will allow the field to be playable after rain. The field dimensions are 200 feet down the right and left field lines, 210 to right and left center and 220 feet to centerfield.
Nevada played its first game at the Hixson Softball Park on March 29, sweeping a doubleheader against Sacramento State. The official dedication ceremony took place on April 13 prior to Nevada’s conference doubleheader with San Jose State. Before the Pack’s game on the 13th, several businesses and donors were honored for their contributions to the Park.
During the dedication ceremony, Norm Dianda from Q&D Construction threw out the first pitch and acted as the Wolf Pack’s honorary coach.
Nevada honored a number of businesses and individuals who made the construction of the Christina M. Hixson Softball Park possible, including Q&D Construction, Jim Puzey, Basalite, GJH Rebar Services, Nelson Electric, Northeast Masonry, Odyssey Engineering, Sierra Nevada Construction and Sierra Restroom Solutions.
Not able to attend the dedication but also contributing to the project were A-1 Steel, American Redi-Mix, Anchor Door, Applied Mechanical, Carl’s Imaging Works, CB Concrete, Cemex, Diversified Concrete Cutting, Harris Salinas Rebar, Henri Specialities, Holland Waterproofing, Martin Iron Works, Merit Electric, R Supply Company, Savage & Sons, Titan Construction Supply, Viper Steel Inc. and Western Nevada Supply.
Each Nevada starter was introduced and accompanied onto the field by a representative from a local business that was directly involved in making the Hixson Softball Park possible. Nevada athletic director Cary Groth presented each business with a plaque to thank them for their dedication and support of Nevada athletics. A plaque with each of their names also will hang in Nevada’s dugout.
“We are so thankful to all of the people and businesses who made the construction of the Christina M. Hixson Softball Park a reality,” Groth said. “The talented young women on our softball team now have a beautiful new home to continue their on-field success, and that was made possible by the generosity of these supporters.”
Directions to the Christina M. Hixson Softball Park:
From the Reno-Tahoe International Airport:
Take 395 North and exit at Interstate 80 West. Take the Wells Ave. exit and turn right onto Wells Ave. Take the first left at Sadleir Way and the first right onto Valley Rd. Turn left onto Mangoue Rd. and the Christina M. Hixson Softball Park is at the end of the driveway on the left.
From Interstate 80:
Exit on Wells Ave. and take a left onto Wells Ave. Turn left on Sadleir Way and take the first right onto Valley Rd. Turn left onto Manogue Rd. and the Christina M. Hixson Softball Park is at the end of the driveway on the left.