Niswonger Sports Complex
2000

The Niswonger Sports Complex, named for Tusculum College alumnus and Board of Trustee member Scott M. Niswonger, comprises Pioneer Park, Pioneer Field, the Indoor Practice Facility, and is adjoined by the J.C. "Red" Edmonds Softball Field.

Tusculum College is very fortunate to have some of the finest intercollegiate athletic facilities in the nation. Completion of the Niswonger Sports Complex has given Tusculum College one of the most beautiful and functional athletic venues to be found on any college campus.

Pioneer Field

Renovations to Pioneer Field included a two-story press box, new lighting, concession areas, restroom facilities and improvements to spectator seating.

The press box facility consists of 8,000-square feet designed to match the architectural style of the campuss most classic buildings. The press box can accommodate 30 members of the media as well as coaches, film crews and scouts.

A President's Suite was also constructed and is located on the second floor at midfield and can accommodate 30 fans. Restroom facilities were also added to the second floor.

Below the press box facility, on the stadium concourse are concession areas and restroom facilities. The concession area is located facing the playing field so fans will not miss any of the action.

Seating for 2,500 spectators is located on the north grandstand, including 200 chair back seats. Special orange cap seats were added during the renovation phase along with the addition of new bleachers and aisle railing.

Bleachers on the visitors side were also constructed providing seating for 1,000 spectators giving Pioneer Field its present seating capacity of 3,500. With the addition of grass bern areas on the north side of the complex and behind the east end zone, Pioneer Field could accommodate 5,000 spectators.

Pioneer Park

The new home of Tusculum baseball was constructed next to Pioneer Field on the former site of the TC softball complex, which has been moved to the former baseball facility.

Besides serving as the baseball home of the Pioneers, it is also home of the Greeneville Astros, the Appalachian League (Rookie League) affiliate of the Houston Astros. The Astros began play in the facility in the summer of 2004 and claimed the Appy League title in its inaugural Greeneville season while breaking league attendance records.

Pioneer Park features chair-back seating for 2,500 spectators and is one of the best NCAA Baseball facilities in the country. It is a pitcher friendly ballpark with dimensions measuring 331 feet down the lines, 375 feet to the power alleys and 400 feet to center field.

The stadium project, designed by Fisher & Associates, includes lighting, concession areas, restrooms and two clubhouses (home and visitor). A light-frame steel canopy covers a majority of the seating area and provides a covered concourse. The main concourse includes two concession stands, restroom facilities and ample space for group dining and gatherings. Pioneer Park also includes four luxury suites and a press box with two radio booths and operations room. Administration and ticket offices are slated for completion this spring and will be located behind the third base grandstand.

The entire project is faced with brick and limestone, giving the project a retro look to the baseball stadiums built in the 1930s and 40s. Pioneer Park also utilizes individual, slat-back seating similar to that used at Baltimores Camden Yards.

Indoor Practice Facility

The indoor practice and soccer facility features an interior space of about 240 by 185 feet. A special high-quality, realistic turf has been installed. The turf surface is state-of-the art, also used by the University of Nebraska, University of Washington and the NFL's Seattle Seahawks.