Palmer Park is the home of Virginia softball. The state-of-the-art facility will host its inaugural season in 2020. The ballpark is the first athletics competition site at UVA named for a former female student-athlete.
Palmer Park brings all of Virginia softball’s needs to one location. The facility features an indoor player development center, locker room, team lounge, training room, press box and meeting spaces among other amenities. The field is lit by LED field lights, a first for UVA. On opening day, the ballpark will feature both chairback and grandstand seating behind home plate, grass hillside seating down the right field line and a berm for patrons beyond the outfield wall.
Palmer Park is named in honor of former UVA standout Lisa Palmer and her mother, Frances. Lisa Palmer pitched for the Cavaliers from 1986-89, establishing school records in wins (74), innings pitched (861.2), complete games (102) and games started (112). She co-holds the school record for wins in a single season, racking up 27 victories in the circle during the 1988 campaign. Palmer was the first UVA softball player to have her jersey number, 22, retired.
The player development center features three batting cages and a dedicated pitching lane along with additional instructional space. The space can also be used for infield practice with the cages retracted. Beneath the main concourse of the stadium sits the locker room, team lounge, training room, equipment room and meeting spaces.
Palmer Park is located at the corner of Massie and Copeley Roads, in front of Klöckner Stadium and next to Lannigan Field.
From the East/West:
Take I-64 to exit 118B (Culpeper-Charlottesville). Take second exit (sign will say University of Virginia Information Center and Business 250 East) and bear right onto Ivy Rd. At second stoplight, turn left on to Copeley Rd.
From the North:
Take Route 29 south into Charlottesville (Emmet St.). Turn right at Massie Rd. Go to the next stoplight and turn left onto Copeley Rd.
From the South:
Take Route 29 to Business Route 250 East (sign will say University of Virginia Information Center) and bear right onto Ivy Rd. At second stoplight, turn left onto Copeley Rd.