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 1965
Opened April 10, 1965
Renovated 1993, 1994, 2011
NIU Huskies baseball (MAC) (1965-present)

Ralph McKinzie Field is a baseball venue in DeKalb, Illinois, United States. It is home to the NIU Huskies baseball team of the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference (MAC). 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] McKinzie Field is also the name of the football field at Eureka College, where Coach Ralph "Mac" McKinzie, a 1923 graduate of Eureka College, coached before and after his career at NIU.


The field was constructed in 1965 and hosted its first game on April 10, 1965, in which NIU was defeated by Wisconsin 13-1. NIU 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 NIU 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 (PDF) on 2012-05-26. Retrieved 26 May 2012.