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Rocky Miller Park

Project Update – February 2015

Thanks to the generosity of Richard and Roxy Pepper and other leadership donors, we have broken ground and the renovation of Rocky Miller Park is well underway. Currently the artificial turf is being installed and the dugouts have been renovated; the baseball team will be playing on a new field this spring! Construction on the clubhouse, concession stand and ticket office will begin at the close of the 2015 season and will be ready for spring of 2016.

The current construction does not include a new press box, scoreboard and lights – additional aspects that would greatly enhance the overall impact of the project. In order to fulfill the entire vision of this project, we need the help of the Northwestern Baseball family.

This is tremendously exciting for the baseball program and its student-athletes. As a Northwestern Baseball supporter, you can forever change the trajectory of NU Baseball by contributing to this effort. 

Please contact The Wildcat Fund
at 847-467-4321 to learn more.

Construction has begun at
Rocky Miller Park:

  • Fall 2014/Spring 2015
    • A new artificial turf field
    • New dugouts
  • Summer/Fall 2015
    • A state-of-the-art clubhouse featuring a locker room, player lounge, coaches’ offices, meeting room and training room
    • New chair back seating
    • Concession stand
    • Restrooms
    • Ticket office
September 26, 2014
September 29, 2014
November 19, 2014
December 16, 2014

Wildcats baseball represents a nearly 150-year tradition, serving as a launch pad for Major League players as well as leaders in business, philanthropy, and other pursuits. Thanks to a landmark commitment, Northwestern baseball is now poised to enter an exciting new era by investing in a $13 - 14 million, state-of-the-art renovation of its facilities.

In June 2013, Northwestern alumni and longtime benefactors Richard and Roxy Pepper announced their pledge of $5 million as a matching challenge to raise the remaining dollars needed to renovate Rocky Miller Park. If the University is able to raise this additional amount, the Peppers will provide their pledged $5 million for the proposed renovations.

The baseball stadium now known as Rocky Miller Park has been home to Wildcats Baseball since 1943. The Peppers named the park in honor of Roxy’s late father, J. Roscoe Miller, president of Northwestern University from 1949 to 1970.

The park last underwent renovations in 1983, providing it with 600 stadium seats, a press box, and an electronic scoreboard. Meanwhile, in recent years, more than half of Big Ten schools have either built or renovated baseball stadiums or have begun fundraising or construction. Our rivals grasp the critical role of modernized facilities in keeping a program viable. Now we can seize the opportunity to bring new energy and visibility to Northwestern baseball by renovating our 30-year-old park.

This new vision for the park will not just provide Northwestern with a premier facility compared to the rest of the Big Ten, it will bring Wildcats Baseball into the upper echelon of college baseball stadiums across the country, increasing our relevance nationally.

With the Peppers’ unprecedented investment in Northwestern’s baseball program, we now look to our most dedicated and visionary supporters to help us meet the challenge.

Proposed improvements to Rocky Miller Park would add:

  • A new home clubhouse and locker room that will provide first-class amenities for the Wildcats on site (currently, the home locker room is located in the south end of Ryan Field, approximately 250 yards away from Rocky Miller Park)

  • A player lounge and team meeting room for Northwestern baseball student-athletes

  • A new artificial turf field which will greatly reduce the number of practices and games that are impacted by inclement weather

  • An upgraded press box accommodating print, TV, and radio media

  • New chair back seats, concessions, and other fan amenities

  • A new, state-of-the-art scoreboard

Recognition Opportunities*

Stadium  $5 million (Reserved)
Press Box  $3 million
Field  $2 million (Reserved)
Northwestern Clubhouse  $2 million
Entry Plaza  $1.5 million
Scoreboard  $1 million
Northwestern Dugout $750,000
Team Locker Room $750,000 (Reserved)
Northwestern Player Lounge/Meeting Room  $500,000 (Reserved)
Visitor’s Dugout  $500,000
Batting Cages  $500,000
Bullpens (2) $250,000 each
On-deck Circles (2)  $250,000 each
*All recognition opportunities are subject to change.

Northwestern Baseball:

Tradition Meets New Momentum

Baseball first became an organized team sport at Northwestern in the 1870s, making the tradition of Wildcats baseball nearly as old as the game itself.

The program has produced exceptional athletes, including three-sport legend Otto Graham (SESP44), New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (McC86), Major League All-Star Mark Loretta (SESP93), 2012 World Series Champion George Kontos (WCAS07), and J.A. Happ, 2009 Sporting News NL Rookie of the Year.

We are witnessing a surging prominence for Wildcats Athletics as a whole — spurred by victories on the field, a virtually peerless reputation for academic success, and greater visibility for our programs. One notable example is a new, multi-year reciprocal marketing agreement with the Chicago Cubs. Through this partnership, truly the first of its kind, the baseball team has already enjoyed the spotlight at Wrigley Field, shutting out Michigan in a game under the lights in April 2013.

“Providing our players, coaches, and fans with a beautiful, modernized facility will make a big statement about Northwestern’s commitment to the baseball program.”


AT 847-467-4321 TO LEARN MORE.