Facilities : Fifth Third Bank Field (Softball)

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Fifth Third Bank Field

Fifth Third Bank Field debuted in the Spring of 2015 as the official home of Purdue Northwest softball. Located in the newly constructed Dowling Park, the field features an all-turf surface, other than its mound, making it playable year-round. 

Fifth Third Bank field is located just east of Kennedy Avenue and north of Interstate 90/94, off J.F. Mahoney Drive, just west of the Jean Shephard Community Center located at 3031 J.F. Mahoney Dr, Hammond, IN 46323. Fans are asked to park in the main Dowling Park parking lot, located off 175th Street, behind Faith United Church of Christ (3030 175th Street). The lot is also available from J.F. Mahoney Drive, via a drive between the softball field outfield and Jean Shephard Community Center. Handicap parking is available. 

PARKING
Fans are asked to park in the main parking lot, located off 175th Street, behind Faith United Church of Christ (3030 175th Street). Handicap parking is available. 

Visiting team buses are asked to park in the Hammond F.OP. parking lot, located at 7527 Kennedy Ave, and drivers and teams may enter the park from the North Gate, located near the baseball stadium's left field line. 

Officials/Referee Parking is located in the North and South Lots. The South Lot is convenient for Pepsi Field (soccer) and Fifth Third Field (softball), while the North Lot is closest Albert's Diamond Jeweler's Field (baseball). 

To reach the South Lot, continue straight on J.F. Mahoney Drive and follow the bend to the left for 1/4 of a mile. The lot is located on the left-hand side of J.F. Mahoney Drive before you reach the Jean Shephard Center. 

To reach the North Lot, make a left on 175th Street and follow it for 1/4 of a mile. The lot is located on your right. 

NOTE: Parking is prohibited along 175th Street or in the Jean Shephard Center lots. 

See below for directions to each lot. 

DIRECTIONS
Dowling Park is located just east of Kennedy Avenue and north of Interstate 90/94, off J.F. Mahoney Drive, just west of the Jean Shephard Community Center located at 3031 J.F. Mahoney Dr, Hammond, IN 46323. 

From the East: Heading west on I-80 W/I-94 W, take Exit 3 toward N. Kennedy Ave and keep right.  Merge onto N. Kennedy Ave and take the first right onto 174th Street and make an immediate right onto J.F. Mahoney Drive. Take the first left onto 175th Street and follow the road behind the Faith United Church of Christ into the main Dowling Park lot. 

The F.O.P. parking lot is located at the corner of J.F. Mahoney Drive and 175th Street. 

From the West: Heading east on I-80 E/I-94 E, take Exit 3 toward North Kennedy Ave and keep left.  Merge onto N. Kennedy Ave and take the first right onto 174th Street and make an immediate right onto J.F. Mahoney Drive. Take the first left onto 175th Street and follow the road behind the Faith United Church of Christ into the main Dowling Park lot. 

The F.O.P. parking lot is located at the corner of J.F. Mahoney Drive and 175th Street. 

ADMISSION
NEW TO 2016: Admission to all Purdue Northwest softball games is $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 4-18. Children 3 and under are free. All Purdue Northwest students with valid ID are free. Season passes are available, starting at two adult passes for $40. For more info, visit pnwathletics.com

RESTROOMS, CONCESSIONS
Restrooms are located in the cornerstone building located in the center of Dowling Park. Concessions will be provided by the City of Hammond, cash only. 

VISITING TEAM BUSES
Visiting team buses may drop off teams at either the North or South Lot, depending on the sporting event. Buses are asked to park in the F.O.P. lot. 

DOWLING PARK BACKGROUND
The field, along with all of Dowling Park's new facilities, is thanks to the generous support of the City of Hammond and Mayor Thomas McDermott, Jr., who announced its partnership with Purdue Northwest in 2011. 

The complex's $5.2 million first phase -- including full construction of its softball, baseball, and soccer fields -- was completed in Spring 2015, and its second phase, including construction of restrooms, a concessions area, athletic training facilities, a walking path, parking lot, and six tennis courts was finalized in Fall 2015.