The Boilermaker Softball Stadium opened March 20, 2015, with Purdue defeating Wisconsin 9-0 in five innings. The facility was dedicated April 11, 2015, prior to the Boilermakers' game against Nebraska.
On Dec. 19, 2016, the Boilermaker Softball Stadium was renamed Bittinger Stadium, in honor of Marvin L. and Elaine Bittinger (pronounced BIT-ing-ERR) and their family for their generosity and support of Purdue student-athletes.
Since earning his Ph.D. in mathematics education from Purdue in 1968, Professor Bittinger has been teaching mathematics and writing textbooks at the university level for nearly 50 years. He has authored more than 250 mathematics publications, which have sold more than 13 million copies. In addition, Marv has written a book entitled Dusty Baker's Hitting Handbook, co-authored by Jeff Mercer and longtime Major League Baseball player and longtime Major League Baseball player and manager Dusty Baker.
Professor Bittinger also has had the privilege of speaking at many mathematics conventions. His topics have included Baseball and Mathematics and Mathematical Evidence for Christianity.
Professor Bittinger truly loved his time as a student at Purdue, and his fondness for the university has carried over to his family. He and his wife, Elaine; sons, Lowell and Chris; and granddaughters, Emma, Sarah, Maggie and Claire; have traveled near and far to support the Boilermakers in athletic competitions. In addition to watching Purdue softball games in Arizona and California, Marv also annually attends the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.
Bittinger Stadium is located adjacent to Alexander Field and Folk Field near the intersection of Cherry Lane and McCormick Road on the northwest edge of campus. Its dimensions are 210 feet down both lines and 220 feet to straightaway center.
The $13-million stadium was part of the Mackey Complex master plan approved by the Purdue Board of Trustees in 2007. The cost included related site work and infrastructure.
The stadium is built in traditional Purdue style with brick and masonry exterior facades and a concrete spectator area with a combination of bench and chairback seats. Seating capacity is 1,000, with the ability to expand in the future.
Both the home and visiting dugouts are heated, and both teams have dedicated bullpens and batting cages. The Boilermakers' home dugout is located along the third-base line and adjacent to a clubhouse that features a locker room, lounge, team meeting area and athletic training treatment area. The clubhouse is attached to an enclosed and heated training facility that allows for offseason batting and pitching workouts.
A press box includes media seating, radio and television announce booths, and a game-day operations area. Television-quality lights allow for night games to be televised.
Restrooms and concession stands complete the fan experience.
From 1995 to 2014, the Boilermakers played their home games at the Boilermaker Softball Complex, which was constructed along Stadium Avenue in 1994-95, in conjunction with softball becoming an intercollegiate sport at Purdue. The Boilermaker Softball Complex had limited amenities, including no permanent restrooms and, after being built, saw the construction of an electrical substation and a parking lot for the Córdova Recreational Sports Center.