Built in 2015, Jan McDonald Field is one of North Greenville's newest facilities. The facility replaced Pepsi Softball Field, North Greenville softball's original home. In just two seasons at the new field, the lady Crusaders have sported a 30-11 record at home as well as a Conference Carolinas championship in 2017.
North Greenville's softball program has been around since the early '90s. Pepsi Softball Field was the home of North Greenville softball until early on in the 2016 season. The field is part of a larger intramural field that once hosted the majority of NGU athletic events. Although it was believed that 2015 would be the last season at the field, Pepsi Softball Field did host the first two home doubleheaders of the 2016 season as the new field was not quite ready. The final game at Pepsi Softball Field was played on February 11, 2016 against Anderson University.
Although it's no longer home to North Greenville softball, the field is still being maintained, and is currently used for intramural softball games. The fieldhouse located next to the field is still used as offices as well as a classroom. In 2017, the outfield fencing was removed to increase the size of the intramural field.
Sportscapes Construction began Phase 1 of the new softball field in 2015. Phase 1 included a Sports Turf playing surface, two batting cages, two bullpens, a Nevco scoreboard, and two dugouts that turned out to be larger than expected.
The first game at the new field was played on February 12, 2016 against Chowan University. Because the new facility was not quite ready in time for the start of the 2016 season, the first two home doubleheaders were played at the old field. The doubleheader against Chowan was also supposed to be played at the old field, but was moved to the new facility due to a snow shower.
On April 23, 2016, the field was dedicated Jan McDonald Field in honor of Jan McDonald, who is North Greenville's long-time athletic director as well as a former NGU softball head coach.
With two more phases remaining, Jan McDonald Field has a lot in store in the future. Future plans include a lighting system, stadium seating, press box, and a fieldhouse.