Shirley Clements Mewborn Field
- First LEED Gold Certified ballpark in the country
- Capacity: 1,500
- Official Dedication: March 10, 2009
- Cost: $4.99 Million
On the corner of 8th and Fowler, formerly a parking lot, sits the Shirley Clements Mewborn Field. This elegant and sophisticated softball field opened in 2009 and offers a view of the Atlanta skyline. According to the former Georgia Tech Athletic Director Dan Radakovich, "it was important for us to have a softball facility in the same ballpark as our baseball stadium." The stadium seats 1,500 people and is nestled in the campus in the shade. It's 190 feet down the lines, 220 to the straightaway center. The Georgia Tech softball team came from playing in a playing field on 14th street behind a local TV station building. Its first game was a win for Georgia Tech.
The Shirley Clements Mewborn Field was the first LEED Gold Certified ballpark in the country. Designers Barton Malow and Rosser and Georgia Tech administration worked hard to ensure that this building achieved the highest level of sustainability and LEED certification possible. One example is a 42,000-gallon underground cistern that collects rain water. When full, the cistern can keep the field watered for two to three weeks without additional rain. Additional features include water efficient landscaping and energy efficient lighting. The building project also recycled 96.2% of all construction waste.
Shirley Clements Mewborn attended Georgia Tech in the early 1950s, when Georgia Tech only had five women. After attending Western Carolina Teachers College for one year, she came to Tech and pursued a B.S. in electrical engineering. In high school, she enjoyed basketball, fishing, and tennis, and was passionate about athletics. Shirley met her husband, Duke Mewborn, at Georgia Tech, where they both worked in the library. She succeeded in the business world and generously gave back to Georgia Tech; she previously endowed an athletic scholarship.