Ralph McKinzie Field

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Ralph McKinzie Field
The Ralph[1]
Location Stadium Drive, DeKalb, Illinois, USA
Coordinates 41°56′07″N 88°46′48″W / 41.935262°N 88.779938°W / 41.935262; -88.779938Coordinates: 41°56′07″N 88°46′48″W / 41.935262°N 88.779938°W / 41.935262; -88.779938
Owner Northern Illinois University
Operator Northern Illinois University
Capacity 1,500
Field size 312 ft. (LF)
368 ft. (LCF)
395 ft. (CF)
368 ft. (RCF)
322 ft. (RF)
8 ft. (outfield fence)
Surface Natural grass
Scoreboard Electronic
Built 1966
Opened April 10, 1965
Renovated 1993, 1994, 2011
Northern Illinois Huskies baseball (NCAA DI MAC) (1965-present)

Ralph McKinzie Field is a baseball venue in DeKalb, Illinois, United States. It is home to the Northern Illinois Huskies baseball team of the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference. The field is named for Ralph McKinzie, former head coach of the program. Built in 1965, it has a capacity of 1,500 spectators.[2]


The field was constructed in 1965 and hosted its first game on April 10, 1965, in which Wisconsin defeated Northern Illinois 13-1. Northern Illinois won its first game at the venue on April 30, 1965, defeating Central Michigan 10-5.[2]

On May 8, 1993, the field was dedicated to Ralph McKinzie, who coached the program in 1945 and 1949-1956. McKinzie led the program to the 1950 and 1951 Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships.[2]


In 1993, a new press box and grandstand were installed. In 1994, new fencing was added.[2] Prior to the 2011 season, the playing surface and bullpens were improved.[1]

Other uses[edit]

In addition to Northern Illinois baseball, the field has hosted high school baseball prospect camps.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Peters, Zach (20 April 2011). "Ralph McKinzie Field's Facelift". CSTV.CollegeSports.com. Archived from the original on 2012-05-26. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Ralph McKinzie Field". NIUHuskies.com. Archived from the original on 2012-05-26. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "NIU Baseball Prospect Camp Brochure". CSTV.com. Archived from the original on 2012-05-26. Retrieved 26 May 2012.