In 2009, The College of Idaho and the City of Caldwell opened Wolfe Field, giving Idaho its first baseball facility with an artificial turf infield. On Monday, Aug. 8, the College and the city announced plans to complete Wolfe Field Baseball Stadium, a state-of-the-art baseball complex that will rival any in the Intermountain West.
“This is going to be a pretty special place to play,” said Graye Wolfe, the lead donor on the project that is named in honor of his father, Duane. “It’s going to draw teams to play in Caldwell, not only for the College but also for high school state tournaments and American Legion baseball in the summer.”
The College unveiled renderings of what the completed stadium will look like during a press conference Monday. The completed Wolfe Field Baseball Stadium will feature individual chair-backed seating for more than 1,000 fans, first-class lighting, two covered batting cages, an indoor hitting facility, a press box, concession stands and restrooms, a landscaped courtyard and banners honoring the five Caldwell, American Legion and C of I players who have played Major League Baseball. The total coast of the project – including the already-completed artificial infield, sod outfield and dugouts – is $2.4 million.
Caldwell Mayor Garrett Nancolas says the stadium will contribute to the city’s reputation, economic development, family entertainment options and overall quality of life.
“Caldwell has developed a reputation as a first-rate baseball community,” Nancolas said. “This project has the potential to become a gem within the City of Caldwell and have a significant impact upon the entire community.”
The College of Idaho baseball team has already enjoyed the benefits of playing on a fast-draining, artificial surface. The Coyotes season runs from February through May and often conflicts with inclement weather.
“Wolfe Field has been a wonderful addition to our athletics program,” said C of I President Marv Henberg. “And the completed stadium will further benefit our players, coaches and students. We are proud to partner with the City of Caldwell and the generous Wolfe family to make this project a reality.”
Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including six Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another ten Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.