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|Dimensions||LF: 200; CF: 220; RF: 200|
|First Game||February 23, 2000 (Alabama 7, UAB 1)|
|Largest Crowd||3,940 vs. South Carolina (Saturday, April 14, 2012)|
The John and Ann Rhoads Softball Stadium was built in 2000 and recently received enhancements that make the nation's most packed college softball venue an imposing site for visiting teams. That stadium, completed at a cost of $2.2 million, added right field tier seating to push stadium capacity past the 3,000 mark. The stadium was expanded for the third time in its short history following 2011 season, which brought the official capacity to 3,940.
During the 2009 season, tier seating in the right field corner was added along with a standing room concourse area that includes tables and drink rails. After the completion of the 2010 season, construction began on an expanded clubhouse that will feature a new locker room, expanded training room and player's lounge, a new team video room and lobby. The expanded clubhouse will connect to the new indoor practice facility that will include three batting cages and a bullpen.
Alabama Softball fans continue to take the moniker "best softball fans in the nation" to heart setting two new attendance records in the midweek match up against rival Auburn on March 16, 2011. The Crimson Tide set a new regular season NCAA single day attendance record with a combined doubleheader crowd of 6,259 fans packing Rhoads Stadium to watch the Tide take two from Auburn. Game two of the twin bill also set a new Alabama record for largest single game crowd at 3,256. Rhoads Stadium also owns national attendance records in both the NCAA Regional and Super Regional with only Women's College World Series sessions at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium surpassing Rhoads Stadium attendance marks.
Alabama has made a consistent habit of selling out the entire permanent grandstands with season ticket holders for several years now. Along the way, the tremendous fan support has established Alabama as an imposing venue for visiting opponents, in addition to cementing the program's stature as a national power.
|1||Alabama 7, Alabama-Birmingham 1 (February 23, 2000)|
|50||Alabama 7, Mississippi 0 (April 15, 2001)|
|100||Alabama 5, Mississippi 1 (April 5, 2003)|
|150||Alabama 2, Mississippi 1 (April 3, 2005)|
|200||Alabama 14, Winthrop 1 (February 25, 2007)|
|250||Alabama 8, South Carolina 0 (April 19, 2008)|
|300||Alabama 6, Alabama-Birmingham 2 (March 24, 2010)|
|350||Alabama 4, Alabama-Birmingham 1 (March 4, 2012)|
Overall, Rhoads Stadium has hosted 13 post-season tournaments in its history. That includes one Southeastern Conference Tournament (2004), eight NCAA Regional Tournaments (2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010) and four NCAA Super Regional Tournaments (2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010). Over that span, Alabama has compiled a 34-8 record in postseason games at its home stadium including a 33-7 mark in NCAA play (26-5 in NCAA Regional games and 7-2 in NCAA Super Regional contests) and a 1-2 mark in SEC Tournament action (all coming in 2004).
Directions to the Facility
From Interstate 20/59 take Exit 73 on Highway 82 East (McFarland Boulevard). Continue on to the University Boulevard exit and turn right on to University Blvd. Continue on University Blvd. past DCH Hospital on the left. Turn right at Fifth Avenue and continue north until you see Rhoads Stadium on the right at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Campus Drive. The street address of the Alabama Softball Complex is 321 Fifth Avenue East, Tuscaloosa, AL.