The Creighton Sports Complex, which includes the Kitty Gaughan Pavilion, is home to Bluejay softball. The sports complex opened in 1988 and was renovated in 2000, while the Kitty Gaughan Pavilion was completed and dedicated in 2001. In 2011, work crews removed the old artificial turf from the softball field as the venue received numerous upgrades that summer. The old turf, which was installed in 1999, was replaced with a state-of-the- art, softball-specific surface. AstroTurf® GameDay Grass™ 3D is the new surface at the Creighton Sports Complex and is designed to play more like real grass than the former turf. The surface also comes with a drainage system. The new turf is the same style used at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando and similar to what is used at Eck Stadium in Wichita, Kan. In addition to the new playing field, padding was added to the outfield wall and the center field fence was raised for an improved batter’s eye. The facility now features a new scoreboard as well, featuring a line score, located beyond the right field fence.
In 2006, the softball field added a section of chairback seats behind home plate and an enclosed press box. The Kitty Gaughan Pavilion provides several amenities not just for the baseball and softball programs, but for the entire athletic department. The Pavilion contains offices, locker rooms and indoor batting cages for both programs. It also contains a training room, an umpire locker room, a kitchenette, concession area, public restrooms, furnished lounge area with televisions, an indoor viewing area and viewing deck for season ticket holders. In 2000 Jackie Gaughan generously supported the construction of CU’s baseball and softball indoor complex and he requested that the building be named in honor of his mother, Kitty. The Kitty Gaughan Pavilion was formally dedicated on October 27, 2001.
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Directions to the Creighton Sports Complex
From I-80 West: Traveling west on Interstate 80 from Des Moines, continue on I-80 West across the Missouri River to I-480 North to downtown Omaha. Once on I-480, get into the far left lane and continue straight to the I-480 East/Highway 75 split. Take Highway 75 (the left fork). Without changing lanes, you will be able to exit to the right at the Cuming Street exit. Turn right at the light and travel east on Cuming Street to the traffic light at 24th Street. Turn right at 24th Street - heading south for one block - until you reach the stop light at Burt Street. Turn left on Burt Street and then turn right into the campus parking lot and the Creighton Sports Complex will be located on your left. It is recommended you park several rows from the stadium to avoid foul balls.
From I-29 North: Traveling north on Interstate 29, take I-80 West at the convergence of the two interstates in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Follow the above directions from I-80 West.
From I-80 East: Traveling east on Interstate 80 from Lincoln, take Interstate 480 North to downtown Omaha and follow the above directions.
From Eppley Airfield: When leaving the terminal, turn left (south) on Storz Expressway and continue south to the first traffic signal at Abbott Drive. Turn right and continue west through Carter Lake. At 16th Street, turn left. Continue south on 16th Street to Cuming Street. Turn right on Cuming Street then get into the left lane. Continue west to 23rd Street and continue straight up the hill into the campus parking lot. The Creighton Sports Complex will be located on your left. It is recommended you park several rows from the stadium to avoid foul balls.