Phyllis Ocker Field Hockey Field
SRI Sports AstroTurf 1200
Sept. 8, 1995 (U-M 2, Delaware 1)
Phyllis Ocker Field, unveiled to the University and Ann Arbor communities in September 1995, is recognized as one of the nation's finest collegiate field hockey turfs and is a big home game advantage for the Wolverines. In the spring of 2003, Ocker Field received a new playing surface, replacing the original turf with SRI Sports' AstroTurf 1200. Friends and alumni of the University of Michigan field hockey program raised $500,000 to pay for the new surface. It is preferred around the world for field hockey and was installed at the U.S. Field Hockey National team's practice facility in Virginia Beach, Va.
Originally designed by Jagdish Janveja and Tom Keast of the U-M Facilities Planning and Design Plant Extension Office, Ocker Field's initial surface consisted of a seamless artificial turf with a carefully constructed substratum that absorbed all shocks. Bleachers on the north side of the field offer seating for 500 fans. The facility was constructed jointly with the Michigan Soccer Field.
Ocker Field is named for former University of Michigan teacher, athletics administrator and field hockey coach Phyllis Ocker and was formally dedicated on Oct. 8, 1995. Ocker directed the Wolverine field hockey program through five of its early seasons (1974-78). She also served as the University's third director of women's athletics (1977-90) and was a member of the 1973 Burns Committee that developed the architecture for the Wolverines' women's varsity sport programs.
The Ocker Field site is one of historical significance in Michigan athletics. The field hockey facility is built partially on the site that was home to Regents Field from 1893-1905. Michigan's famous early 20th Century "Point-A-Minute" and national champion football teams of coach Fielding Yost played at Regents Field, later called South Ferry Field when athletic teams began competing at other venues.
Ocker Field is the fifth home site for Michigan field hockey. The Wolverines played at Michigan Stadium (1973-75), Ferry Field (1976-86), the Tartan Turf (1987-90) and Oosterbaan Fieldhouse (1991-94) before moving to Ocker Field for the 1995 season. Michigan played its first game at Ocker Field on Sept. 8, 1995, beating Delaware 2-1. The field itself was dedicated on Oct. 8, 1995.
Ocker Field first hosted postseason action in 2000 with the Big Ten Conference Tournament. Michigan also hosted first and second round action of the 2001 NCAA Tournament, winning the first two games at home en route to the program's first national championship.
In 1997, an impressive addition was made to the Michigan field hockey complex with the completion of the South Ferry Sports Services Building. Used by both the field hockey and women's soccer teams, the facility has separate locker, coaches and meeting rooms for each team, in addition to a satellite athletic training room, officials' room and storage. The field hockey locker room features spacious individual lockers, while the Maize and Blue team meeting room has state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment for opponent scouting and teaching.
Phyllis Ocker Field 1202 S. State St. Ann Arbor, MI 48109
From Detroit Metro Airport and points east: Take I-94 west to State Street (exit 177). Turn right. Travel north approximately two miles through two stoplights. After the Stadium Drive underpass, you will pass the Ocker Field Hockey Field and Michigan Soccer Field (on the left). To park, turn left just past Schembechler Hall into parking lot.
From Chicago and points west: Take I-94 east to State Street (exit 177). Turn left. Travel north approximately two miles through three stoplights. After the Stadium Drive underpass, you will pass the Ocker Field Hockey Field and Michigan Soccer Field (on the left). To park, turn left just past Schembechler Hall into parking lot.
From Toledo and points south: Take U.S. 23 north to I-94 west. Follow directions from Detroit Metro Airport.
From Flint and points north: Take U.S. 23 south to I-94 west. Follow directions from Detroit Metro Airport.