Home of the Bellevue College baseball team, Courter Field is one of the Pacific Northwest’s top baseball facilities. During the spring of 1994, the field was named in honor of Al Courter, owner of Honda Auto Center of Bellevue.
Courter has been a significant donor for a variety of projects and programs at Bellevue College such as the North West Center for Emerging Technologies (NWCET), which was completed in 1997, and the Early Childhood Center which is was completed in 2002. In 1983, major seating renovations were completed. Permanent, concrete-based bleachers were added to provide a seating capacity of 1,000. In 2000, the seating structure was re-painted and replaced. In addition, two full-size artificial turf batting cages were installed along left field. The field also features a full-size tarp which covers the entire infield. This has been an integral part of Bellevue’s capability of eliminating rainout games. The first wireless inning-by-inning scoreboard in western Washington was installed at Bellevue. The $30,000 scoreboard, funded by President Jean Floten, the Puget Sound Senior Baseball League, Taylor Baseball Club, and U.S. Bank, was illuminated for the first time in fall of 2001. In 2003, Courter Field received a facelift with the construction of a new press box and concession stand courtesy of Chaffey Homes and the Puget Sound Senior Baseball League. Most recently, the field received a new drainage and irrigation system in 2008 by Green Shield Systems.
Because of the large size, condition of the playing surface, and full enclosure, Courter Field has been a hotbed for major tournaments and baseball events such as the prestigious Area Code Games tryouts, and Baseball Northwest Selection Games. The Brandy Pugh (formerly Vern Bean) Memorial Tourney, the most prestigious and longest-running youth invitational in the region, is held at Courter Field in July in addition to the Baden Northwest Baseball Invitational, Seattle Premier League Invite, Josh Dickerson Memorial Tourney, Art Wright Memorial Day Tourney, and the Easton Sports 4th of July Tourney. The field has also played host to the Connie Mack Pacific Regionals, American Legion District Tourney, Mickey Mantle State Championships, National Prep Championships and Century 21’s Fantasy Camp All-Star Game in August 2001. The event, which was coordinated in conjunction with the Major League Baseball All-Star Week, featured Major League Hall of Famers Harmon Killebrew and the late Tug McGraw.
A public address stereo system was designed for Courter Field by Morgan Sound, outfitters for Everett Memorial Stadium’s (home of the Everett Aqua Sox) sound system. The actual playing surface is considered by many as one of the truest fields around. The dimensions of the diamond are: 330′ down the lines, 365′ in the alleys, and 385′ to center. Because of the dimensions down the line and a consistent wind that blows across from left to right field, Courter Field is considered by many as a ‘pitcher’s ballpark.’
Semi-annual maintenance procedures include aeration, rolling, and overseeding with perennial ryegrass two times a year. Courter Field’s infield mix is comprised of a combination of Santana Infield Gold and Turface Pro League Brown. The mound and home plate is topdressed with the lighter colored Turface MVP Regular.
The field is not only the home for Bellevue College, but for the Puget Sound Senior Baseball League and several U-18 youth programs such as Baden Baseball, Boys of Summer, and Honda Baseball.
Last Updated March 14, 2019