The crown jewel of Manchester University's athletic facilities, James Gratz Field, named after the school's long-time Director of Athletics, teacher and coach, sits on the northwest corner of the campus. The outfield borders the university's astronomy studies area and Carl W. Burt Memorial Field, home of the Black and Gold football program.
Gratz is the second all-time winningest baseball coach at MU, as the M Association Hall of Famer gathered 241 in 23 seasons. The venue has been the sight of numerous Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament games and is also utilized by the North Manchester community for the annual Fourth of July festivities and various age group and baseball organization games during the summer including the Summit City Sluggers of the Indiana Collegiate Baseball League from 2013-15.
The facility has metal bleachers on both sides of the home plate area and also below the pressbox.
The field is also spotlighted by the Spartans halo around home plate, installed in the fall of 2013, a scoreboard just beyond the left field fence, dedicated to the memory of MU contributors Robert and Virginia Frick, and the "Black Monster" in right field which is the back side of the Burt Memorial Field home stands and pressbox area.