The College of Idaho will host a dedication ceremony for Wolfe Field Baseball Stadium at 2:45 p.m. Friday, April 3, before the C of I baseball game versus Lewis-Clark State. C of I President Marv Henberg, Caldwell Mayor Garret Nancolas, and C of I trustee and donor Graye Wolfe will dedicate the stadium and throw out the first pitches in front of more than 1,000 newly installed, individual chair backed seats now present at Wolfe Field, located on Linden Street north of Cleveland Boulevard in Caldwell.
“Wolfe Field will allow the City of Caldwell and The College of Idaho to have one of the nicest baseball facilities in the Northwest,” said Wolfe, the lead fundraiser for the stadium named after his father, 1957 C of I graduate Duane Wolfe. “I have a deep connection to Caldwell, where I grew up. I am excited about the opportunity to give back to a community that gave me and my family so much.”
The $375,000 seating addition is the second phase of the Wolfe Field Baseball Stadium project. Construction began last fall and wrapped up in February in time for C of I fans to relax in their individual chairs and enjoy America’s pastime.
Wolfe Field is a $2.4 million cooperative undertaking between The College of Idaho and the City of Caldwell. The facility is home to the C of I baseball team as well as the Silverstreaks and Bobcats, Caldwell’s two American Legion baseball squads. The project began in 2008 upon a donation of land by the City. The initial $800,000 phase included the playing field, an artificial turf infield, dugouts, the backstop and screen, the batters’ eye, electricity, the scoreboard and the outfield fence.
“Thanks to the generous donations of Mr. Wolfe and others, The College of Idaho and Caldwell have an amazing facility that is sure to be a baseball gem for years to come,” C of I athletic director Marty Holly said.
Future plans for the stadium include a fully landscaped entry and courtyard with areas set aside to celebrate past baseball successes by The College of Idaho and Caldwell’s American Legion baseball teams and to honor project donors. Additionally, the stadium complex will include a fully operational press box, concession stands, restrooms and a batting facility with two covered batting cages, an indoor batting facility and a storage area. Wolfe Field also will feature first-class lighting to help Caldwell attract numerous college, high school and American Legion tournaments.
For more details on the dedication ceremony, contact Andrea Cronrath at (208) 459-5301 or [email protected]. For architectural renderings of the stadium along with sponsorship opportunities and details on donating to the Wolfe Field project, click here.
Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. The C of I has a legacy of academic excellence, a winning athletics tradition and a history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars and 14 Marshall, Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College’s close-knit, residential campus is located in Caldwell. Its distinctive PEAK Curriculum challenges students to attain competency in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field—empowering them to earn a major and three minors in four years. For more information, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.