Welcome to Abilene and the beautiful campus of Hardin-Simmons University. We hope this page will give you all of the information you will need when coming to our campus for an athletic event.
Soccer Field, Softball Field, Track
This is the home to Cowboy and Cowgirl soccer, track and field and women's softball. The Betty Lou Morton Ellis Field was the first addition. It was opened in the spring of 2004 with the softball field house to follow that summer. The soccer playing facility opened in September of 2005 and the soccer and track field house was the next to be completed in the spring of 2008. The track and women's soccer practice field opened in the fall of 2008. This facility is off of Grape Street, which is two blocks off the main campus.
John J. Hunter Field was opened in 1983. The facility on the far northwest side of campus, has been host to numerous high school playoff contests and even a couple of minor league contests, as well as the regular seasons for HSU. The light towers are in the shape of oil derricks and night games often feature those famous West Texas sunsets. It plays 330 down the lines, 375 in left center, 400 to straight away center field and 365 to right center. The prevailing wind is out to right center field, making it a great left-handed hitter's park. The field received a makeover with new bleachers and fence in the summer of 2016.
The home of Cowgirl basketball and volleyball and Cowboy basketball. The facility was opened in the spring of 1979 and has been the home to many memorable events. Including two NCAA Basketball Sectionals. It seats 2,400, which includes chair back seating on the west side of the gym. Those chair backs were replaced in 2006 and the gold chairs were replaced with new purple seats. Mabee also houses the athletic department and has racquetball courts and a workout facility for all HSU students and faculty.
Streich Tennis Center
The new Streich Tennis Center is home to the HSU tennis programs. It was ready for play in the 2015-16 season and is one of the top facilites in the American Southwest Conference.
Hardin-Simmons only sells tickets for football and basketball games on campus. They can be acquired on a game-by-game basis or can be bought as a season ticket from the athletic department. For more information on ticket prices, please contact Andrea Foster at (325) 670-1435 or (800) 583-6622.
Football: $10 chairback reserved, $8 reserved bleachers, $5 general admission
Basketball: $6 Chairback home side, $3 general admission.
Tickets for the home side are sold in the Southwest ticket booth at Shelton Stadium. Season tickets can be bought from the athletic department and most games there are walk-up tickets available. The visitor side tickets are sold at the southeast gate. Season ticket holders may also enter the gates on the northeast side of the field next to the baseball field or on the west side of the stadium next to the grass parking lot. You will be asked to show your ticket to the ticket takers.
You must buy a reserved section ticket to sit on the chair back side of the gym. Those tickets can be either season tickets or bought at the door. All other tickets will be sold as general admission and will be on the bleacher side of the gym. There are ticket sales at each of the main entrances to the gym on the south side. The side doors are used for emergencies only and are not intended for an entrance spot into the gym.
There is plenty of walkable distance parking for all events on the HSU campus. Here is a list of the main lots to park out for specific venues.
There is parking around the softball field and in front of the track/soccer facility.
There is an ample parking in the lot that is adjacent to the field.
There is plenty of parking in the lot across from the gym.
There are several parking areas for Shelton Stadium. The lot across from Mabee Complex is open for public parking. The lot behind Abilene Hall is used for season ticket holders. Public parking is also available in the lot surrounding the Sandefer Fieldhouse and also across the street from the Sandefer Fieldhouse.
Alcoholic Beverages: Alcoholic beverages of any kind are prohibited on the HSU campus.
Camera Policy: Cameras are allowed at all athletic events.
Concessions: All home events for baseball, basketball, volleyball, soccer, football and softball will have a concession stand.
Disability Parking: There are a significant number of handicap parking spots available all around campus.
Evacuation: In case of evacuation instructions will be given over the public address system. HSU employs the Thor Guard lightning detection system.
Inclement Weather: In the event of inclement weather, (i.e. dangerous winds, tornado, electrical storm, etc.) all guests must be advised that it is in their best interest to seek shelter. Emergency instructions will be delivered via the public address system and the message boards when possible.
Lost & Found: During game day lost and found items should be brought to the press box. After the games any items found will be taken to the University lost and found in Moody Center.
Pet Policy: No pets are allowed at HSU athletic facilities.
Smoking: All buildings on the Hardin-Simmons campus are tobacco free. This includes all of the outdoor stadiums.
Tailgating: Is allowed in either the Sandefer Fieldhouse parking lot or the Mabee Gym parking lot. We want you to enjoy the game-day atmosphere, but also want to ensure the safety of all of the visitor's to our campus.
Throwing Items: Throwing items will not be tolerated. The offender will be removed from the stadium and is subject to arrest. A police officer does not have to see this activity to have the person removed.