STEP UP TO THE PLATE!

The bases are loaded, the game is on the line, and once again Purdue is counting on you to come through. However, this time you're being called upon for more than a clutch base hit.

Purdue's baseball future is at stake...

The Lambert Field of Dreams Campaign seeks to secure Purdue's home-field advantage by bringing its baseball facility up-to-date with those of its Big Ten Conference brethren.

Lambert Field's History

Named for legendary Purdue baseball and basketball coach Ward "Piggy" Lambert, the current Lambert Field has been home to Purdue baseball since 1965.

Old Lambert Field, home of Purdue baseball from 1940 to 1965

Prior to that, the Purdue baseball team played at Old Lambert Field, formerly Ross-Ade Field, which was located on Northwestern Avenue adjacent to Lambert Fieldhouse. Before 1940, the Boilermakers played their home game at Stuart Field, located at the present site of the Elliot Hall of Music.

What is the Lambert Field of Dreams Campaign?

This $2.25 million initiative is being implemented to complete a two-phase makeover of Lambert Field. Phase I, achieved in 2000, focused on the facility's playing surface and infrastructure. Phase II involves a series of projects, each of which can be accomplished independently or all at once. The construction plan will be determined as gifts and pledges are received. Possible upgrades include a new scoreboard, several amenities for both players and fans, and lights.

What can you do?

The Purdue baseball program has finished one win away from winning the Big Ten regular season title in two of the past five years.

As a member of the Purdue baseball family, your contribution to the Lambert Field of Dreams Campaign is an integral piece in helping the Boilermakers continue their rise in the Big Ten Conference and on a national level.

An artistís rendering of the proposed renovations to Lambert Field

Be a Grand Slammer!

While gifts of any amount are appreciated, $10,000 will result in your name being permanently featured in a special display at the new facility's entrance. You will also be invited to participate in a special opening-day celebration commemorating the beginning of a new era in Purdue baseball.

Gifts can be made in one lump sum or pledged over a four-year period.

For more information on how you can become a part of the Lambert Field of Dreams Campaign, please contact the John Purdue Club at (765) 496-3248.