The renovations for the baseball field Forest Glen Park will take place this summer. It will be completed by October if the weather permits.
The renovations will cost the university a total of $700,000, and the university has secured $280,000 from lead gifts when it was proposed to the alumni. As of Mar. 2015, the university has raised $380,124 from gifts and pledges – putting them over halfway to the final goal.
To help with donations, the baseball team called and emailed alumni.
“[The funding has come from] primarily baseball alumni and baseball program donors,” Vince Haupert, vice president of advancement, said.
With the baseball field being built in 1980, President Sherilyn Emberton, Ed.D., said the renovations will give the university an opportunity to improve an area on campus, and the benefits extend to everyone.
“Forest Glen Park is a landmark sports park in our athletic conference, and it is time to update it and keep it a competitive facility,” she said.
The renovations will include a two-story brick building behind home plate that will consist of a press box, restrooms, an umpire changing room, concession area and training room. Additonal renovations will include new dugouts and a backstop.Another feature will be elevated bleachers from dugout to dugout, providing stadium seating behind home plate.
The renovations will also in accessibility for those with mobile needs.
Mike Frame, head baseball coach, said he is very excited about the renovations.
“We have never had restrooms in my 35 years of playing or coaching here at HU,” he said. “We also have never had a locker room. Those will be great additions. We have a tremendous playing surface, lights and a scoreboard along with a very unique setting.”
When the renovations are complete, Frame believes Forest Glen will have that “stadium feel” that will make it an “outstanding place to play.” Frame also said the university made sure to seek his input at every level of the design.
As for the upcoming season, Frame says the team is young, but they always have high expectations.
“We have had some setbacks with injures in our pitching staff and the weather has been difficult to deal with,” Frame said. “But we will be solid before the end of the year.”