Bill Aker Baseball Complex

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Bill Aker Baseball Complex
Full name Bill Aker Baseball Complex at Friendship Field
Former names Friendship Field (?-2000)
Location Johns Hill Road and Kenton Drive, Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA
Coordinates 39°01′43″N 84°27′55″W / 39.028748°N 84.465385°W / 39.028748; -84.465385Coordinates: 39°01′43″N 84°27′55″W / 39.028748°N 84.465385°W / 39.028748; -84.465385
Owner Northern Kentucky University
Operator Northern Kentucky University
Capacity 500
Field size Left field: 330 feet (100 m)
Left center field: 365 feet (111 m)
Center field: 395 feet (120 m)
Right center field: 365 feet (111 m)
Right field: 330 feet (100 m)
Surface Artificial turf (infield), Natural grass (outfield)
Scoreboard Electronic
Construction
Renovated 2013
Tenants
Northern Kentucky Norse baseball (NCAA Division I AEC) (?-2005, 2009-present)

The Bill Aker Baseball Complex is a baseball venue located on the campus of Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA. It is the home field of the Northern Kentucky Norse baseball team, a member of the NCAA Division I Atlantic Sun Conference. The complex is named for Bill Aker, who was the head coach of Northern Kentucky baseball from 1971–2000. It has a capacity of 500 spectators.[1]

History[edit]

Prior to 2001, the venue was known as Friendship Field. In 2001, it was renamed the Bill Aker Baseball Complex at Friendship Field, in honor of former Northern Kentucky head coach Bill Aker. Aker had led the program from its 1971 inception to the end of the 2000 season and had an 807-572-1 overall record.[2][3]

From 2006–2008, the Norse played home games at Champion Window Field in nearby Florence, Kentucky.[4][5][6]

The facility underwent $500,000 renovations in spring 2013, immediately prior to Northern Kentucky's first season in Division I.[7] The infield grass was replaced with artificial turf. A new outfield fence, foul poles, and drainage system were also added.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "NKU Athletics Facilities". NKUNorse.com. Northern Kentucky Sports Information. Archived from the original on March 1, 2013. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Bill Aker Baseball Complex Receives Upgrades". NKUNorse.com. Northern Kentucky Sports Information. Archived from the original on March 1, 2013. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Stanton, Phil (September 10, 2012). "Northern Kentucky Begins Division I Era". CollegeBaseballInsider.com. Archived from the original on March 1, 2013. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  4. ^ Mulcahey, Matt (February 4, 2006). "NKU Baseball Slides into New Home". Cincinnati Enquirer. Archived from the original on March 1, 2013. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Amateur Baseball Schedule at Champion Window Field Announced". OurSportsCentral.com. March 25, 2008. Archived from the original on March 1, 2013. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Bellarmine vs. Northern Kentucky Box Score". Athletics.Bellarmine.edu. Bellarmine Sports Information. April 5, 2009. Archived from the original on March 1, 2013. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  7. ^ Clifford, Brook (November 15, 2012). "Norse Baseball Field Undergoes Transformation". TheNortherner.com. Archived from the original on March 1, 2013. Retrieved March 1, 2013.