The new softball complex under construction at the Roehm Athletic Complex on Bagley Road

Construction is underway on twin, artificial turf softball fields that can be converted to serve BW and Berea lacrosse and soccer teams.

New multipurpose softball complex will serve BW and Berea-Midpark student-athletes

April 26, 2017

A bird's-eye view of the location of new softball fields under construction at the Roehm Athletic Complex

Baldwin Wallace University and the Berea City School District are joining together to construct new, multipurpose, artificial turf softball fields at the Roehm Athletic Complex on Pleasant Avenue at Bagley Road.

The adjacent fields, covered with a durable and rain-out resistant AstroTurf, will not only serve the BW Yellow Jacket and Berea-Midpark High School Titan softball teams, but can easily be transformed for other sports. Marked with temporary lines, the fields can be combined and relined to accommodate lacrosse and soccer athletes, as well.

Currently, BW rents a softball field at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, while the school district team plays on various fields in the area. BW Senior Vice President Richard Fletcher says the Roehm project will provide student-athletes with a "first-class facility."

Longstanding Partnership 

The new softball complex under construction at the Roehm Athletic Complex on Bagley Road

"We've had a great partnership with Berea Schools for a long time," said Fletcher. "This is another example of a collaboration that will benefit BW, the Berea school system and the community."

"This is an important project that will enable us to better serve our students and athletic program," said Berea City Schools Superintendent Michael Sheppard. "We’re pleased to partner with BW and look forward to the benefits it will provide our school district.”

Construction of the facilities is already underway and will include bleachers and scoreboards. Lighting is not part of the plan.

The $1.2 million project, designed by Glen D. Ramage Architect, Inc. of Broadview Heights, Ohio, is expected to be completed by mid-summer. The university and school district will share management and scheduling of the fields.

BW softball player Tori Young at bat