Bahlke Field is named after Mr. and Mrs. William A. Bahlke, who contributed about eight acres of land in December 1923 for a new athletic field. Mr. Bahlke was admitted to the bar and moved to Alma to begin his practice in 1886, the same year the College was founded. He was involved in local government and in the organization and operation of several businesses. His wife, Mary E., was a member of the Alma College Board of Trustees from 1920 to 1942.
The facility was repositioned in 1985, with the football and baseball fields switching locations. The baseball field served the Scots through the 1999 season. The eight-lane track was also constructed in 1985. AstroPlay™ turf was installed in 2000, replacing the field's original artificial turf.
Bahlke Field opened the 2011 football season with a new turf, complete with maroon end zones. The new playing surface includes markings to accommodate Alma’s men‘s and women’s lacrosse teams, which host their first home matches in Spring 2012.
In the neverending quest to improve facilities for Alma College athletics, Bahlke Field had permanent lighting installed before the 2013-14 athletic season. The light poles now give the college's football, lacrosse and soccer programs the opportunity to host evening contests for the first time in school history.
In addition, the improvements allow other organizations, like high school football, to enjoy what Alma College has to offer.
Bahlke Field was home to the 2014 MIAA Track and Field Jamboree and Field Day and also hosts a large high school meet every athletic season. Over the years, the storied stadium has seen many exciting events, including hosting the 2012 MHSSA High School Football All-Star Game.
The football video scoreboard, dedicated September 10, 2012, honors the memory of former Alma Scot and All-American Tom Jakovac ’70, the only four-time All-MIAA quarterback in MIAA history and the league most valuable player in 1968. Following college, he was a successful businessman in Lansing as co-founder and co-owner of East Side Deli Supply Co. Jakovac’s family, teammates and friends raised $52,000 to purchase a new football scoreboard with video capabilities to be named in his memory.
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