March 30, 1999
9-1 Win vs. Loyola
Hilltopper Infield Mix
2415 University Bay Dr
Named after the Goodman brothers -- Robert and Irwin -- who were longtime area softball
players, businessmen and UW donors.
Located on beautiful Lake Mendota, the Robert and Irwin Goodman Softball Complex
offers the University of Wisconsin softball program state-of-the-art amenities.
From the indoor practice facility to the newly resurfaced playing field, the Badgers
are happy to call Goodman Diamond home.
The complex, located at 2415 University Bay Dr., is an extensive redesign of the
previous softball field. Groundbreaking took place on June 25, 1998, and the Badgers
opened the facility with a 9-1 victory over Loyola on March 30, 1999.
The Goodman brothers, longtime area softball players, businessmen and UW donors,
provided the lead gift of $500,000. Named for the Madison jewelers, the original
renovation project cost more than $1.2 million and has been affectionately dubbed,
2002 marked the first year under the lights for the Badgers. The lighting system
was made possible by Bob Goodman, one of the original donors who made the field
In 2011, the Irwin A. and Robert D. Goodman family foundation pledged $1.8 million
to initiate the Goodman Softball Training Center project, which was a positive start
toward the total project cost of $3 million.
The diamond received a complete resurfacing during the summer of 2012 with a new
infield and outfield surface being installed. The infield was resurfaced with Hilltopper
Infield Mix, natural soil enhanced with polymer that provides excellent drainage
and coverage, while the outfield was leveled and tiled.
In 2013 the Goodman Softball Training Center was completed. In the 16,500 square
foot indoor facility the Badgers have access to a regulation sized infield, batting
cages, team conference room and lounge. In addition, the team locker room and athletic
training areas underwent extensive renovations.
The field and grandstands -- with a capacity of approximately 1,600 -- are positioned
just north of Nielsen Tennis Stadium and share the parking areas in that proximity.
Spectators have the view overlooking University Bay and Picnic Point. The facility
meets the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.