The UW-La Crosse baseball team plays its home games at Copeland Park, located at 800 Copeland Avenue in La Crosse. It is also the home of the La Crosse Loggers Baseball Team, a member of the Northwoods League. The Loggers inaugural season at Copeland Park, a City of La Crosse owned facility, was in 2003. UW-La Crosse began playing its home schedule at Copeland Park in 2014, compiling a 32-8 record heading into the 2016 season. The Eagles went 12-4 at Copeland Park in 2014 and 20-4 in 2015.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) awarded UW-La Crosse the bid to host the 2015 and 2016 NCAA Division III Baseball Midwest Regional. UW-La Crosse. one of eight regional sites, captured its first NCAA III Regional title in 2015 to secure its first trip to the NCAA Division III World Series. The Eagles advanced to the national championship finals in Appleton, Wisconsin, after a pair of victories over Coe College (Iowa) at Copeland Park.
Copeland Park includes an artificial turf playing surface on the infield, in foul territory, and on the warning track. A video board was installed in spring 2014 and the dugouts were renovated. A proposal to expand Copeland Park, including two new buildings housing a ticket booth, retail store, permanent restrooms and expanded concessions have been presented to the City of La Crosse. The front entrance of Copeland Park and underside of the grandstand will also be renovated and expanded to create a courtyard atmosphere. Dimensions at Copeland Park include 325 to left field, 365 to center field and 315 to right field.
The La Crosse Loggers are members of the 18-team Northwoods League, a summer baseball league comprised of teams of the top college players from across the nation and North America. All players in the league must have NCAA eligibility remaining in order to participate. Players are not paid (this preserves their NCAA eligibility). Each team is operated similar to a professional minor league team, providing players an opportunity to play under the same conditions using wooden bats, minor league specification baseballs, experiencing overnight road trips, and playing nightly before fans in a stadium.
Copeland Park hosts approximately 200 events each year, including more than 125 games not involving the La Crosse Loggers or UW-La Crosse. Other major users include La Crosse Central High School, Western Technical College, American Legion baseball, and the Stars of Tomorrow. Other local high schools and youth leagues also make significant use of the facility.
In May 2012, UW-La Crosse Intercollegiate Athletics and the La Crosse Loggers announced a new partnership. The Loggers agreed to provide an annual donation to support UW-La Crosse baseball, which had university funding for its head coaching position terminated in 2009. In exchange, UW-La Crosse agreed to assist the Loggers in raising funds for needed improvements at Copeland Park.
The Mitchell Hall Fieldhouse is the most popular area of Mitchell Hall with its 40,000 square feet accommodating a climbing wall, golf and batting cages, 12 volleyball courts, 12 badminton courts, 4 double and 2 single tennis courts, as well as a 200 meter indoor track.
Mitchell Hall was constructed in 1965 to accommodate significant growth in the preparation of physical educators and to meet the expanding needs of the intercollegiate athletic program. On a typical day, this facility opens at 5 a.m. and is fully utilized until 11 p.m., making it one of the busiest buildings at UW-L.
The offices of the College Dean, Director of University Graduate Studies, the Departments of Exercise and Sport Science, and Health Education and Health Promotion, La Crosse Exercise and Health Program, Intercollegiate Athletics, Sports Camps and Clinics, Adventure Programs, the Wisconsin Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (WAHPERD), and Recreational Sports are housed in Mitchell Hall.
From the West: Exit Interstate I-90 at Onalaska Highway 157 (Exit 4). Turn right on Highway 157 and then right again onto Highway 16. Drive 3.5 miles and turn right on La Crosse Street and then left on East Avenue to campus.
From the North: Highways 61 on the Minnesota side of the Mississippi and 53 on the Wisconsin side both junction with Interstate I-90.
If traveling south on Highway 61, go east on I-90 to Highway 157 (Exit 4). Turn right onto Highway 157 and then right again onto Highway 16. Drive 3.5 miles and turn right on La Crosse Street and then left on East Avenue to campus.
If traveling south on Highway 53 (go over I-90 at Exit 4). Follow Highway 157 to Highway 16. Turn right on Highway 16. Drive 3.5 miles and turn right on La Crosse Street and then left on East Avenue to campus.
From the East: Travelers heading west to La Crosse on Interstate I-90 exit at Onalaska-La Crosse Highway 16 (Exit 5). Turn left onto Highway 16. Drive 4.8 miles and right on La Crosse Street and then left on East Avenue to campus.
From the South: Highway 14, 61, and 35 enter the city on the South. Follow the green "UW-La Crosse" signs north on Losey Boulevard to Highway 16 (3.0 miles). Turn left on La Crosse Street and then left on East Avenue to campus.