Mel Nicks Field
St. Norbert College’s baseball and softball teams play at Mel Nicks Field, located one-half mile south of campus on Lost Dauphin Road and named in honor of the college’s longtime baseball coach.
While Nicks coached at St. Norbert, the student body affectionately called the field “Candlenicks” based on the early spring windy conditions, combined with the Nicks’ name and the close connection to San Francisco’s stormy Candlestick Park. It was Nicks’ idea to build the field in the early 1960s on an area which was once a turnaround for streetcars servicing De Pere and Green Bay.
In the summer of 2014, St. Norbert College, with the help of several generous donors, commissioned a $2 million renovation of Mel Nicks Field. During this remodel, Miron Construction and other professionals rebuilt the two diamonds, improved the dugouts, and installed a state-of-the-art synthetic infield and a better drainage system in the outfield to combat wet spring weather. The renovated complex also includes a new concession stand and restrooms below the press boxes.
St. Norbert College thanks all the donors who made this renovation possible.
- Estate of David A. Brandel
- Carl Vogel
- Miron Construction
- Tiger Dlouhy
- Cloud Family Foundation, Inc.
- Friend of St. Norbert College
- Allen Freis
- Sherman Wade
- Erik Rutherford
- David Mason
Special appreciation is due to David A. “Dave” Brandel ’64 (1942-2012) who made a visionary gift in his estate. Dave graduated from SNC with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and played for Green Knights baseball.
Seating is limited. Fans visiting Mel Nicks Field are advised to bring lawn chairs and to dress appropriately for Wisconsin spring weather.
Admission to St. Norbert baseball and softball events is free.
1300 Lost Dauphin Rd.
De Pere, WI 54115
Parking is available on Lost Dauphin Road or in the grass overflow parking area just south of the baseball field.