Home of the three-time NCAA Champion Tufts University Softball team, Spicer Field underwent a major renovation prior to the 2015 season.
The NCAA regulation-sized softball field was redone with a pure dirt infield and a grass outfield. The foul poles are at 190 feet down both the left field and right field lines, and the center field fence sits 220 feet away from home plate. Two batting cages are located behind the first base dugout, and bullpens were built next to both the home and visitor dugouts. Bleacher seating and standing room from dugout to dugout, and a press box behind home plate were other enhancements.
The Jumbos responded to their new facility with an epic 51-0 season in 2015 that included a 16-0 record at home. They hosted the NESCAC Championship, an NCAA Regional and an NCAA Super Regional that year. Jumbo legend Allyson Fournier pitched a perfect game on opening day at the field April 12, 2015, an 8-0 win over Bates College.
Tufts also hosted the conference, NCAA Regional and NCAA Super Regional tournaments at Spicer Field in 2019, as well as an NCAA Regional in 2016.
Prior to the renovation of Spicer Field, Tufts was unable to use the facility to host NCAA events due to its condition. They won national championships in 2013 and 2014 without playing a game at home.
The park was originally dedicated in memory of William H. Spicer on May 3, 1959. He was South Medford Little Leaguer who played on the field before tragically passing away at the age of 14 in 1957. Through an agreeent with the city of Medford, Tufts began sharing the field with the city (date unknown). For many years Medford Little League continued to play there, but that is no longer the case.
Watch a time-lapse video of the renovation of Spicer Field ...