The stadium was named for Tom and Barbara Hart. The Hart Family Trust's $1 million gift and donation of general contracting work supported the construction of the on campus baseball training and playing facility.
The first game played in Hardt Field was the inaugural game for the Cal State Bakersfield baseball team on February 20, 2009, between CSUB and Saint Louis, with the Billikins beating the Roadrunners 8-7 before a sold-out crowd. Highlights from the inaugural (2009) season included a walk-off win in the 15th inning over UC Riverside. Also during the 2009 season Hardt Field became the site of the only time in history that a first year program had defeated the reigning National Champion Fresno State.
Prior to the start of the 2013 season, 750 chairbacked seats were added at the field.