Brenau Celebrating First Season of Ernest Ledford Grindle Athletics Park Tuesday

Brenau will host a celebration of the inaugural Golden Tigers softball season on Pacolet Milliken Field at Ernest Ledford Grindle Athletics Park at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18. The ceremony and the subsequent doubleheader for the No. 3-in-the-nation Golden Tigers team are free and open to the public, but parking is limited at the site.

Faculty, staff and employees are encouraged to park at the Brenau Amphitheatre with shuttle service to and from the athletics park beginning at 4 p.m. and running throughout the evening.

The Golden Tigers (43-5 overall, 22-0 SSAC) are currently ranked No. 3 in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and first in the Southern States Athletic Conference.

Prior to the 5 p.m. doubleheader against visiting Faulkner University, there will be a ceremonial first pitch and brief presentation honoring the benefactors for the first phase of the new athletics facility – Pacolet Milliken, Inc., which donated the land for the park adjacent to its New Holland Mill, and the Melvin Douglas and the Victoria Kay Ivester Foundation, Inc., started by the two former New Holland residents.

South Carolina-based Pacolet Milliken Enterprises, Inc., made possible the development of the multiuse athletics park when it donated the 16.8-acre tract of land adjacent to the historic Milliken & Co. mill on Jesse Jewell Parkway, about a mile from the historic campus. Doug Ivester, a Brenau trustee, and his wife Kay provided funding in 2014 for the first phase of the park, which is named for Kay Ivester’s father.

Please join us for the celebration of Ernest Ledford Grindle Athletics Park and to cheer on the Golden Tigers.