Lovelace Stadium, the Mean Green softball team’s home field, is one of the best facilities in the southwest – just ask Under Armour. Lovelace so impressed Under Armour that the sportswear company shot a commercial there in 2007 featuring three-time national player of the year Cat Osterman.
Cat Osterman at Lovelace Stadium for the Under Armour commercial shoot.
“We looked at a lot of softball fields in the Dallas area for this commercial,” said Rip Lambert of Producers Video Corporation, who directed the production. “This field stood out for me and our marketing people. It’s a top-notch facility. The field is pristine and had a real Texas feeling to it. The place is suited for the spot we are doing.”
“It’s a nice field,” Osterman described Lovelace Stadium. “It gives a nice professional touch to what we are doing.”
Lovelace Stadium, named for Don Lovelace, Denton businessman and president of Lily of the Desert Organic Aloeceuticals, was constructed as part of the Mean Green’s overhaul of its athletic facilities beginning in 2005 with the creation of the Mean Green Village. The first game was played at Lovelace Stadium in 2007, and the Sun Belt Conference Tournament was hosted there in 2009.
Lovelace’s field combines natural elements with synthetic enhancements. The infield is clay-based dirt and the warning track is Hilltopper Infield Mix, which is soil stabilized with a polymer that allows to it to shrug off weather, keeping it from being too dusty or muddy, and creates a more consistent playing surface. The outfield is natural grass.
The outfield wall is 200 feet from home plate down the left- and right-field lines and 220 feet to centerfield.
Lovelace has a grandstand behind home plate topped by an enclosed, climate-controlled press box and flanked on the first- and third-base lines by covered dugouts.
Like the neighboring Mean Green Soccer Complex, Lovelace uses a lighting system by Musco, the award-winning company which provided lighting for Yankee Stadium, the rededication of the Statue of Liberty, multiple Super Bowls and Olympic Games, the Winter X Games, Texas Motor Speedway and numerous feature films.
The softball team also benefits from batting cages at the The "E" Practice Facility.