Army's 25th season as a varsity sport coincided with its move into the Army Softball Complex, located at North Athletic Field adjacent to Gillis Field House, in 2003.
The complex, completed in October of 2002, is one of the finest on the East Coast. The facility includes dugouts, two bullpens, batting cages, lights, an electronic scoreboard and a 500-seat grandstand with a fully-equipped press box. The field dimensions are 200 feet down the lines and 210 feet to center field.
Army's home debut, scheduled for March 9, 2003 against Seton Hall, was postponed because of snow and poor field conditions. The first game was played March 26 against Fordham with Brig. Gen. Daniel J. Kaufman throwing out the first pitch to then Army Director of Athletics Rick Greenspan.
The Rams' 2-0 win in the inaugural game ruined the Black Knights' debut, but shortstop Lauren Gobar denied winner Michelle Schlichtig a perfect game. Weather caused the nightcap to be called in the bottom of the second inning after Army tied the game 4-4 on Lisa Huntington's grand slam.
"Our facility is not only top-notch, but provides us the opportunity to bring in quality teams to play on a first-class field, along with the prospect of some day hosting an NCAA Division I regional tournament at West Point," remarked head coach Jim Flowers at the dedication ceremony.
Army's Softball Complex was recognized by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) as one of four 2004 Regional Turface Field/Maintenance Award winners during its National Convention.
The Black Knights shared that honor with Texas A&M, Tennessee at Chattanooga and Southern Illinois, while Stetson University was named the National winner.