Alfred D. Boyer Stadium
Grand Opening Ceremonies: May 6, 2006
The Western Illinois Baseball team held a dedication ceremony before the first game of a doubleheader with North Dakota State on April 10, 2010.
The ceremony was to dedicate the completion of the halo around home plate at Alfred D. Boyer Stadium. The halo, completed just prior to the start of this season, is designed to maintain better field conditions in the area around home plate that sees heavy foot traffic.
The halo features The Summit League logo on the third base side, the word “Leathernecks” in gold lettering directly behind home plate and the Western Illinois sweep logo with a picture of Rocky on the first base side with the initials “SDH” in the lower corner.
The initials are those of former Western Illinois head baseball coach Stan Hyman, who passed away on Sept. 5, 2009, after a three month bout with leukemia. It was Hyman who was the driving force behind the halo project as well as the construction of Boyer Stadium itself.
“During Stan’s tenure, the Leatherneck Baseball program experienced dramatic improvements; academically, competitively and in the physical improvements which have been realized in the construction of Alfred D. Boyer Stadium,” said Western Illinois Director of Athletics Dr. Tim Van Alstine.
Thanks to the generous contributions of Western Illinois alumnus Al Boyer and his wife Andrea, the Leatherneck Baseball program was able to completely renovate its stadium in 2006 and complete the halo project. The Boyers have also been the primary donors for many facility and equipment upgrades throughout the Athletic Department.
“The Halo Project was one of Stan’s prized projects and we are so grateful to the Boyer Family as their financial generosity made this happen,” Van Alstine said. “On behalf of the Leatherneck Baseball program and our entire department, we extend our deepest appreciation and gratitude to Al and Andrea Boyer for their interest and continued support of Leatherneck student-athletes.”
Directions to Western Illinois University Campus
Western Illinois University's residential campus is located in Macomb, Illinois, at the hub of Highways 67 (north-south) and 136 (east-west).
From the Chicago Area: travel west on I-88 or I-80. On I-88W, exit #1A to I-74 east to Peoria. On I-80W, exit I-74 east to Peoria. On I-74 east, exit #46A to U.S. 34 west to Galesburg/Monmouth. At Monmouth, travel Highway 67 south, 30 miles to Macomb. Note: Amtrak provides swift, affordable rail service from Chicago to Macomb with nine stops en route. For more information visit Amtrak.com.
From St. Louis and Other Points South: Travel U.S. 67 north to Macomb through Illinois; OR travel I-70 west or U.S. 40/61 north to U.S. 61 north. At Hannibal, travel U.S. 36 east to I-172/U.S. 336/IL 94 north. At Carthage,travel U.S. 136 east 25 miles to Macomb.
From Eastern Illinois: Find the most convenient route to Highway 136 and travel west to Macomb.