Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


J. V. Hilliard Field

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Institution Name: Wayland Baptist University
Original/Historic Place Name: The Wayland Bowl
Location on Campus: between Yonkers and Vernon Sts.
Date(s) of Construction:
1965original construction
Type of Place: Landscape site
Style: (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, history, religion
Narrative: see below
References: see below
1965-present (2006)other (track and field: Intercollegiate and intramural track and field events; flag football field; campus gatherings, like Autumn Festival)
ca. 2004-present (2006)other (track and field: track and field events; soccer playing field; outdoor presentations; community events like American Cancer Society's Relay for Life; community walking/jogging track)

Hilliard Field is home to several All-American and NAIA and Sooner Athletic Conference champion track and field athletes. Since Wayland does not have a football program, basketball, baseball, soccer, and track take on more significance as varsity athletic programs. The design using manmade grassy berms accommodates West Texas' weather, which can involve high winds that would otherwise make track and field events and soccer impossible. The berms add height and contouring to an otherwise very flat West Texas landscape. They also provide Plainview's version of ski slopes when it snows.


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