PEPSI SOFTBALL STADIUM
A new era began in Furman softball in 2001 with the opening of Pepsi Stadium.
Dedicated prior to the Lady Paladins’ 3-2 win over then-Southern Conference rival East Tennessee State, Pepsi Stadium replaced Furman Field, which served as the center of the school’s highly successful softball program in its first 20 years of existence. During that time, Furman produced a 207-97 record (.681).
Its outfield sodded with Bermuda grass, which provides a consistently smooth playing surface, Pepsi Stadium measures 200 feet down the left and right field foul lines and 220 feet to the center field fence.
With seating for 300, the facility boasts enclosed brick dugouts, laser graded infield, bullpens, two batting cages located down the right field line, scoreboard, and a padded outfield fence bordered by an attractive hedge.
The opening of Pepsi Stadium signaled Furman’s continued commitment to softball excellence. In 1994 the Lady Paladins captured the first regular season and tournament championships offered by the Southern Conference, and the following year Furman made it two in a row by claiming the league regular season crown. In 2007 Furman returned to the championship ranks by making a clean sweep of the SoCon Tournament field, defeating College of Charleston, Elon, Western Carolina, and Georgia Southern en route to the crown and first ever NCAA Tournament appearance.
This past spring Furman launched another major upgrade for Furman softball by breaking ground on a new press box and coaches’ office complex at Pepsi Stadium. The two-story, 2,700-square foot facility includes restrooms and a concession stand on the lower level, a second floor featuring offices for new head coach Kyle Jamieson and his staff, room for media and game day operations, and a lounge area to entertain recruits and other guests.
The project is scheduled to be completed this fall at a cost of approximately $615,000. The architect is McMillan, Pazdan, and Smith and builder is The Elliott Group.