Sharon J. Drysdale Field
Sharon J. Drysdale Field, home to Northwestern since the early days of legendary coach and field namesake Sharon J. Drysdale's tenure, has undergone a multiple-phase renovation in recent years. Prior to 2006, the outfield was rolled and new turf installed, leading ESPN.com to proclaim "the field and softball staff both earned rave reviews for staging the Big Ten Tournament..." following that season's conference tournament.
After playing host to NCAA Tournament rounds in both 2006 and 2007, Drysdale Field's final renovation phase (including sunken dugouts, permanent seating, a game operations booth and a plaza down the third-base line) was completed. The project, made possible by the generosity and efforts of many program friends and donors, gives Chicagoland fans a unique and exciting place to watch the best college softball in the nation.
The Purple Cow
While gathered in the dugout during NU's 2006 spring break trip to Hawaii, Northwestern head coach Kate Drohan introduced the team to the theory of "The Purple Cow." Taken from a marketing book of the same name by Seth Godin, the Purple Cow is a symbol to remind the team to be remarkable in all that it does. Intended initially by Drohan to be a small phase in the 2006 season, the theme grew so popular within the program that it has become a permanent fixture and symbol for Northwestern Softball.
At the inaugural Purple Auction in April of 2007, the parents of the 2007 team purchased and donated a Purple Cow to be displayed at the brand new Sharon J. Drysdale Field. After taking up a temporary residence beyond the right-field fence for the remainder of the 2007 season, the Purple Cow found a permanent home on the concrete plaza of Sharon J. Drysdale Field for 2008 and beyond.