USCC softball field
The CCSU softball field opened in 2010 when the school renovated the Blue Devils baseball and softball fields. The pitch features state-of-the-art turf as well as separate enclosures for both teams. Batting cages are located on the straight of the field, with spectator seating located in several sections.
Founded in 1849 as the State Normal School, CCSU is Connecticut’s oldest public university. CCSU’s total enrollment is nearly 12,000 students, more than half of whom live off-campus. 96% of the student body is from Connecticut.
The Blue Devils compete in the Northeast Conference, where they have won two conference titles and qualified for six NCAA Tournaments.
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There are no concessions available at a Blue Devils softball game. There’s a nice little pavilion between the baseball and softball fields, but it’s used for preparing team meals, not as a fan snack bar. Fans are encouraged to bring their own snacks to the CCSU softball field.
An afternoon at a Blue Devils softball game is as easy and casual as it gets. There’s nothing to distract your attention from the action on the pitch. No music is played during the game. No backing songs, no melodies between innings. The AP announcer does its job quietly, adding to the old-school presentation. A small dashboard in the center field displays only basic game information.
If you love being able to chat with your neighbors in the stands, hearing the chatter of defensemen and coaches barking instructions to players, then the CCSU softball field is the place for you. If the schedules align, you can move around the sports complex and watch several games at once.
Central Connecticut State University is located in a residential neighborhood on the northeast edge of New Britain, a suburban city of 73,000 people 12 miles southwest of Hartford. The CCSU Softball Field is located on the east end of campus adjacent to the school’s other athletic facilities, including the CCSU Baseball Field, Arute Field, and Detrick Gymnasium. While the area around campus is bustling, there aren’t many attractions in the immediate area for visiting fans.
Fans looking for a unique experience before or after a CCSU game should head to the East Side Restaurant, a German-themed pub with staff in traditional Bavarian attire and all the sausages you could want.
For a twist on a traditional American dish, head to Ted’s Steamed Hamburgers in nearby Meriden. Their method of cooking burgers in steam trays is unique to central Connecticut, and Ted’s has been featured on several travel shows such as Man vs. Food and Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. It is a favorite place for this writer.
Fans looking for a place to stay near campus should check out the Courtyard by Marriott and the Extended Stay America, both located in nearby Farmington. Beyond local options, Connecticut’s capital, Hartford, contains a plethora of dining, lodging, and entertainment options. Sports fans may want to pair a CCSU game with a Hartford Yard Goats game at Dunkin’ Donuts Park or a Hartford Wolf Pack game at the XL Center.
CCSU’s softball crowds can best be described as “friends and family.” Stadium Journey attended a Sunday afternoon game in late April with a crowd of around 50 in attendance. That appears to be a typical sized crowd, as an analysis of box scores from 2022 shows crowds between 25 and 100 people.
With the majority of the crowd enjoying a personal connection to the players on the pitch, it’s no surprise that the fans here are really invested in the game and know the team well. Still, it’s a very laid back and friendly crowd. With CCSU’s location near the geographic center of the Northeastern Conference, it’s not uncommon to see visiting fans on a bright spring afternoon.
The CCSU campus is located on the New Britain/Newington urban line, approximately 15 minutes by car from Hartford. Route 9 runs directly east of campus, connecting to nearby Interstates 84 and 91. Driving is the primary method of arriving at this suburban campus. For fans using public transport, several CT Transit buses access CCSUwith the 140 bus stopping right at Arute Field.
Seating at CCSU Baseball Field consists of backless metal bleachers in the small stand behind home plate. There are additional bleachers on the left field line and room for fans to bring their own lawn chairs and set up. Netting and fencing obstruct views from all points of the ballpark.
Parking is available in a small lot adjacent to the baseball field, a short walk from the softball field. If this lot fills up, and it may be a spring afternoon when multiple events are taking place, additional parking is available in the large parking lot across Arute Field. The rest rooms are located in the pavilion beyond the center field fence. They are clean and big enough for a typical Blue Devils crowd.
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There are no admission or parking fees at the CCSU Softball Field. With no on-site concessions, you won’t spend a penny at a Blue Devils softball game.
Banners honoring the Blue Devils conference championships hang on the back side of the visitor dugout, visible as you drive past. NCAA Tournament appearances are listed on the outfield wall.
In the northeast, most spring sports aren’t as big as they are in other parts of the country. The weather shortens the season considerably, and when the weather breaks, it doesn’t seem like people want to come and watch a game. Still, smaller facilities like CCSU Softball Field are worth a visit for any sports fan looking for quality competition at the most affordable price.