Eaton Street Softball Complex
The Eaton Street Softball Complex is home to the softball team and within the Hooks Wiltse Field complex which includes four playing fields including the one used exclusively by Colgate. The field is a collaborative venture with the Village of Hamilton and the wider complex is used for amateur and Little League games as well as cultural events and festivals. The Eaton Street field has a dirt infield and natural grass outfield. The complex provides bleacher seating alongside the Colgate field and includes hospitality, team and rest room facilities.
Colgate softball began utilizing the Eaton Street field in March, 1996 with a move from their original home field on campus west of the J.W. Abrahamson Tennis Courts. The team’s first home games on the Eaton Street field were on April 5, 1996 and resulted in wins over West Point by scores of 8-0 and 5-4.
In 2011 the softball team hosted their first Patriot League tournament with the league title ultimately won by Lehigh University. During the summer of 2011 the field was extended to 205 feet and new fencing was added to enclose the bullpens outside the dugouts.
Charles H. Sanford Fieldhouse
The Charles H. Sanford Fieldhouse is used by numerous Colgate teams and the general public throughout the year. It has an AstroTurf playing surface comprising four tennis courts, softball batting cages and a large center divider which allows simultaneous practices, bordered by a six lane, 200 meter Plexitrac track and various areas for jumping and pole vault activities.
Sanford is home to the annual Class of ’32 Track Meet and indoor non-league tennis matches when weather does not permit play on the Joseph W. Abrahamson courts. It also contains the Maroon Council lounge and the offices of the track and cross country, softball, golf and tennis coaches.
The fieldhouse was dedicated on November 11, 1987 and stands in testimony to the leadership and generosity of Trustee Charles H. Sanford, Class of 1958. The Class of ’32 track was dedicated on June 4, 1988 in memory of Jack Rourke, track coach and trainer.
The first men’s track meet was held on February 19, 1988 with a final score University of Rochester 83, Colgate 59 and Hamilton College 37. The first varsity women’s team meet was also the team’s first sweep- by 40 points over Hamilton and Roberts Wesleyan College on February 16, 1991.
Directions to Charles H. Sanford Fieldhouse:
From the North:
On Rt. 12B, pass College Street, Turn Right at Reid Athletic center. Sanford Field House is located in the rear.
From the South:
On Rt. 12B, turn Left after Reid Athletic Center. Sanford Field House is located in the rear.