Margie Wright Diamond -- Home of Fresno State Softball

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    Margie Wright Diamond
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    With nearly two decades of national excellence that includes an NCAA Softball Championship title, 12 trips to the NCAA Women's College World Series, 30 consecutive NCAA regional appearances, and 21 conference championship titles, Fresno State holds a special place in the history of collegiate softball.

    The Bulldogs, who are tied for the most all-time NCAA Tournament appearances (30), boast an equally highly-regarded home in Margie Wright Diamond.

    Since its debut in 1996, the venue formerly known as Bulldog Diamond, was appropriately renamed on May 3, 2014 for its pioneering former head coach.

    In her 27 years at the helm, she amassed an NCAA-record 1,294-450-1 mark that included one NCAA title (1998), three NCAA runner-up finishes (1988, `89, `90), three NCAA third-place finishes (1991, `92, `97) and three NCAA fifth-place finishes (1987, `94, '99) among her 10 World College World Series trips with the program.

    The 10-Time Conference Coach of the Year also racked up 17 conference titles, 26 NCAA Tournament bids (1986-2011) and 178 straight weeks in the NCAA Top 25 en route to NFCA and ASA-USA Softball Hall of Fame distinctions.

    On the individual front, her Bulldog players included 53 All-Americans, 15 Olympians, 29 Conference Players/Pitchers/Freshmen of the Year and eight professional players. Away from the collegiate spectrum, she was smartly picked as a U.S. head coach for the 1998 ISF World Championship and assistant coach for the 1996 Olympic Games, and helped lead teams to gold medals in each.

    The 18-year-old stadium is like no other in the collegiate ranks with a current seating capacity of 2,453, and the Bulldogs sport an impressive home field record of 450-94 (.827) from 1996-2013. Not surprisingly, the stadium was singled out in the summer of 2000 by the American Institute of Architect San Joaquin for its "excellence in design and execution."

    The $3.2 million softball stadium features 1,688 permanent seat-back chairs that include 388 box seats, sunken dugouts, lights, concessions stands, restrooms, practice areas, enclosed batting cages, press box and scoreboard. Completely fenced in, Bulldog Diamond is 205 feet down the lines and 220 feet to center field.

    Bulldog Softball, home to the country's overall largest fan following since 1987, has amassed an outstanding winning percentage of .728 (1,592-594-1) in its 36-year history while hosting 21 of the 32 NCAA regional championships since 1982.

    With the NCAA officially keeping total and average attendance marks since 1991, Fresno State has led the country in average attendance in 13 of the last 23 seasons (unofficially in 18 of last 28) while being tops in the nation in total attendance in 10 of the last 23 seasons (unofficially in 15 of last 28). The reward has been an astonishing 821-187-1 (.814) overall home field record in 36 years.

    Setting Top 25 single-date records at the "new" Bulldog Diamond in 11 of the last 18 years, Fresno State has drawn more than 500,000 (583,596) while averaging more than 1,700 (1,752) per home date (333).

    Three times in the last 18 years the Bulldogs have broken their own NCAA total regular season attendance record.

    In 1999, Fresno State drew its largest single-season attendance with 55,746 fans in 26 dates for an average of 2,144. The 1997 Bulldogs broke their own NCAA records in total and average attendance that they set the previous year as Fresno State drew 51,133 fans for an average of 2,557 (20 dates). In 1996, the `Dogs totaled 34,224 fans for an average of 2,139 (16 dates).

    Fresno State own the NCAA all-time largest regular-season softball crowd with its 5,724 total versus Arizona (March 14, 2000), and also topped the 5,000 mark twice at home versus UCLA in 1996 (5,427, February 24) and 1997 (5,167, February 8).

    The Bulldogs have set the NCAA single-date regular season record five times (1993, 3,517; 1989, 3,357; 1988, 2,583; 1996, 5,427; 2000, 5,724) while averaging at least 1,000 fans per single-date in a single-season 24 of the last 25 years.

    "We built something that is a testament to our commitment toward women and girls in the sport," said former head coach Margie Wright, the NCAA's all-time winningest softball coach and the first NCAA Division I softball coach to ever post 1,300 Division I wins. "The university has honored its former players while welcoming generations to come with this premier softball stadium."

    With a history of demanding nothing short of excellence, Fresno State has rewarded its loyal fanbase with 13 USA Softball Olympians, one Puerto Rico Softball Olympian, one Greece Softball Olympian, one Canada Olympian, 55 All-Americans, 18 Academic All-Americans, 110 all-region and 173 all-conference picks.


    Top Bulldog Diamond Crowds

    Year    Opponent      Results       Score    Attendance
    2000    Arizona           L/L       0-2, 1-3    *5,724
    1996    UCLA              L/W       1-4, 5-4    *5,427
    1997    UCLA              W/W       4-2, 4-3     5,167
    1997    Arizona           W/W       5-2, 6-5     4,707
    1999    San Jose State    W/W       4-1, 4-1     4,316
    2000    Portland State    W/W       1-0, 10-2    3,981
    1997    San Jose State    W/W       10-5, 2-0    3,886
    1999    UCLA              L         1-2          3,646
    2001    Loyola Marymount  W/W       6-3, 2-0     3,623
    2000    UCLA              W         1-0          3,592
    1997    San Diego State   W/L       3-0, 1-2     3,530
    1993    UCLA              L/L       0-1, 1-2     3,517
    1989    UCLA              W         2-0          3,357
    1998    San Diego State   W/W       3-0, 2-1     3,179
    2002    San Jose State    W/W       1-0, 1-0     3,039
    2004    UCLA              L         1-2          3,024
    1998    UNLV              W/W       9-1, 10-2    3,023
    1996    San Diego State   W/W       2-0, 4-0     2,826
    2005    UCLA              L         7-0          2,825
    2001    UCLA	          L	    8-2	         2,825
    1997    Long Beach State  W/L       8-0, 0-3     2,769
    2011    Troy              W         2-1          2,621
    2010	Pacific/Sac. St.  W/W	    1-0, 6-0	 2,526
    1988    UCLA              L/L       1-5, 3-5     2,583
    2003    UCLA	       	  L	    0-5	         2,561
    2003    San Jose State    W/W       5-0, 5-2     2,486
    1998    UCLA              W         3-2          2,438
    1997    UNLV              W/L       6-1, 2-5     2,438
    

    * NCAA single-date regular-season attendance mark


    Bulldog Diamond Attendance

    Year    Attendance   Dates    High Single Date   Average
    2013    20,380          18      1,483           1,132
    2012    22,020          20      2,371           1,101
    2011    19,563          16      2,621           1,223
    2010	21,405		16	2,526		1,338
    2009	21,821		17	2,341		1,284
    2008	29,917		20	2,275		1,496
    2007	29,668		20	2,223		1,483
    2006	22,302		18	1,747		1,239
    2005	37,581		21	2,825		1,789
    2004	29,450		16	3,024		1,840
    2003	37,604		20	2,561		1,880
    2002	31,842		16	3,038		1,990
    2001	34,151		16	3,623		2,134
    2000	49,568		21	5,724		2,360
    1999	55,746		26	4,316		2,144
    1998	35,220		16	3,179		2,201
    1997	51,133		20	5,167		2,557
    1996	34,224		16	5,427		2,139
    1995	14,027		14	1,652		1,002
    1994	16,008		16	1,958		1,001
    1993	14,812		11	3,517		1,347
    1992	13,962		16	1,305		  873
    1991	16,799		16	1,475		1,050
    1990	19,946		19	1,428		1,050
    1989	18,751		18	3,357 		1,042
    1988	14,937		19	2,583		  786
    1987	7,474		15	1,214		  498
    1986	5,860		11	947		  533
    1985	6,277		21	637		  299
    1984	3,472		15	754		  226
    1983	4,532		12	878		  378
    1982	3,464		14	724		  247
    	743,916        550	5,724		1,353
    


    NCAA All-Time Largest Softball Crowds
    Single Date, Regular Season
    5,724
    Fresno State vs. Arizona
    Bulldog Diamond - Fresno, Calif.
    March 14, 2000

    All-Time Regular Season Attendance Record
    55,746
    Fresno State (1999)

    Fresno State's 5,000+ Attendance Games
    5,724
    Fresno State vs. Arizona
    Bulldog Diamond - Fresno, Calif.
    March 14, 2000

    5,427
    Fresno State 5, UCLA 4
    Bulldog Diamond - Fresno, Calif.
    Feb. 24, 1996

    5,167
    Fresno State 4, UCLA 2
    Bulldog Diamond - Fresno, Calif.
    Feb. 8, 1997

     

     

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