Oklahoma Baptist University hosted dedication ceremonies for the university’s new baseball complex, Bison Field at Ford Park, last Saturday.


Bison Field at Ford Park Dedicated

Oklahoma Baptist University hosted dedication ceremonies for the university’s new baseball complex, Bison Field at Ford Park, last Saturday.
The park, named by OBU trustees in honor of the Ford family of Shawnee for their longtime support of the university, includes a lighted baseball diamond with brick dugouts, grandstands, and an enclosed press box. It is adjacent to the Harry E. Coates Sr. Baseball/Softball Facility. Participating in the ribbon-cutting for the park were Robert Cash, director of OBU facilities management and services; Johnny Cullison, director emeritus of OBU’s physical plant and a consultant on the construction project; Randy Smith, OBU senior vice president for business affairs; Cuba Coates, widow of Harry E. Coates Sr.; Sen. Harry E. Coates Jr.; Bill Ford, president of Shawnee Milling Co.; Joe Ford, vice president of operations for Shawnee Milling Co.; John W. Parrish, OBU interim president; Dr. Norris Russell, OBU athletic director; and Bobby Cox, head coach of the OBU baseball team. More than 100 people attended the morning dedication ceremonies, which were followed by a barbecue lunch and an alumni baseball game. The construction project was part of OBU’s Winning Spirit Campaign, which included more than $4.7 million in projects related to OBU’s athletic and kinesiology/leisure studies programs. The Ford family’s support of OBU includes investments in music and athletic facilities. J. Lloyd Ford, grandfather of Bill Ford and founder of Shawnee Milling Co., was a local business leader who worked to secure the OBU campus in Shawnee. He later led in funding support to create the Ford Music Hall on the campus. The baseball park is located on the north side of the OBU campus, at the north end of Raley Drive.