Bob Pearl Softball Field

Pearl Field, the home field of Iowa’s record-setting softball program, was dedicated on October 2, 1999, in honor of the late Robert L. Pearl, who was the first African-American baseball player at the University of Iowa and a longtime supporter of Hawkeye softball. In the fall of 2002, pro-style sunken dugouts were added, along with the addition of 500 permanent seats, bringing the grandstand capacity to 1,500. In the fall of 2013, UI enhanced the softball game atmosphere by adding a video scoreboard in center field. The screen, formerly located in Kinnick Stadium, was repurposed for use at Pearl Field. In 2023, UI further upgraded Pearl Field by installing a state-of-the-art turf playing surface.

Jacobson Hitting Facility

The Jacobson Hitting Facility was converted from a weight room into a hitting-only facility in 2015 to provide the University of Iowa baseball and softball programs with 24-hour access to work on their games. The facility features four drop-down batting cages — two 60-foot and two 40-foot — and additional nets for tee work.

The facility is located adjacent to Duane Banks Field and is attached to the UI Recreation Building, where the main locker rooms for both programs are housed.


The Iowa turf at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Center (HTRC)  serves as the indoor practice area for the Iowa softball team. The state-of-the-art facility has indoor batting cages, dividers, and plenty of storage space to accommodate the softball team’s needs during the winter months.