Built in 1984, Ray & Bea Dillard Field at Ashmore Park is one of only two athletic facilities to still be located on the main campus rather than the Athletic Complex across Highway 414. Over the years, it has proven to be a true home-field advantage for the Crusaders. In the past three seasons, NGU has achieved an astonishing 58-5 home record. The site will play host to the 2018 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament.
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Ashmore Field is located next to an intramural field where the old baseball field used to be. Although the intramural field remains, most traces of the old baseball field are long gone with the only exception being portions of the right field wall.
Top: Intramural Field Late 1970s
Bottom: Intramural Field Today
Realizing that baseball needed its own field (and also probably realizing the safety hazard that was right field), the go-ahead was given to build the new baseball field. The new field was completed in 1984, and NGU baseball officially had its own facility, a luxury for the athletic programs at the time.
The field was officially dedicated Ashmore Field on February 19, 1997. In 2000, the dugouts were renovated and increased in size. The Ashmore Field Clubhouse was also built above the home dugout. Until 2000, there was no official seating at Ashmore Field. Instead, fans were encouraged to bring their own chairs and sit on top of the banks along the baselines. However, due to the addition of the Clubhouse, many fans were blocked from being able to see the entire field. In response, seating was added behind home plate where it remains today.
In 2001, a new scoreboard was installed in right field. That scoreboard lasted only two years as a bad storm destroyed it during the 2003 season. A game against Montreat had to be cancelled because the scoreboard was on the field in pieces and could not be removed in time. A new scoreboard replaced it immediately after, but the decision was made to place it in left field to decrease the chances of the scoreboard being damaged by wind.
In 2014, a lighting system was installed. On February 18, 2014, North Greenville played its first ever home night game against Tusculum College.
A unique feature of Ashmore Field is the fact that it faces west. Home plate was originally planned to be placed where left field is today, which would have resulted in the field facing north. However, home plate ended up being moved to its current position in order to have a scenic view in center field. Because of this decision, a late-afternoon baseball game at Ashmore Field usually features the legendary sun delay.
Ashmore Field underwent a major upgrade in 2018 when the field was replaced with a Sports Turf playing surface. The new field is currently the only all-turf baseball field at the high school or college level in the state of South Carolina. Construction began on November 20, 2017 and was completed just hours before NGU's first game on the new field against Northwood University on February 21, 2018. A new Nevco scoreboard was also installed.
Future updates will include a stadium entrance, pressbox, stadium seating, and a new fieldhouse.