As students and families return to campus, they will likely notice a large construction project in the northeast corner of campus. Crews are currently building the Wildcat Park baseball stadium, which is well underway with an expected completion date of October 2021.
At the core of the stadium will be a reliable, flexible, all-turf field for baseball student-athletes. Other amenities include:
- Repositioned synthetic turf baseball field (full-field)
- Large outfield that will serve as an additional multi-purpose field in the off-season
- Close proximity to restroom facilities
- Two new dugouts, both enclosed from wall to roof
- New stadium-style seats behind home plate
- New raised press box behind home plate
- An updated Joe Lubar '08 Training Facility, which features batting cages, complete pitching stations, and soft-toss stations, will be reoriented alongside the stadium.
This unique facility for USM’s baseball program will engage our student-athletes and provide an improved instructional space for the coaches. “We are beyond excited that this project is becoming a reality,” said David Casey, varsity baseball coach. “The new venue will be one of the nicest in the entire state and we are looking forward to utilizing it to grow the team both within the school and the surrounding area. All of our players are incredibly lucky to have a college-level facility like this one to call their home field, and we are beyond grateful to the donors who supported the project.”
Construction for Wildcat Park started in June, and crews have spent a busy summer working on extensive site grading, storm sewer installation, digging footings for the dugout and press box, and making upgrades to the electrical and fiber optics systems. The project is being managed by Point of Beginning, a civil engineering, land surveying, landscape architecture, and materials testing firm based in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Click here for a time-lapse video of the construction.
“Wildcat Park will be one of the best baseball stadiums in the area, and will take USM baseball and USM Athletics to the next level,” said Director of Athletics Tim Williams. “We are excited for our baseball teams and for our other teams who will be able to use this facility to train and play. It’s a great time to be a Wildcat!”
The new baseball stadium will be closer in proximity to the James Laing Tennis Center and Don Forti Stadium, while the orientation of home plate will be rotated to make better use of available sunlight. The outfield will be large enough to accommodate a practice field for football and soccer, as well as intramural sports and physical education classes. The former baseball field will be converted to additional grass practice fields.
The project is generously supported by a small group of USM families involved with the school’s baseball program. The school is grateful for their philanthropic leadership in making this wonderful new athletic facility a reality.
An opening ceremony event is being planned for this fall, with more details to follow.
For more information about Wildcat Park baseball stadium project, and how your philanthropic gift can make an impact on USM’s baseball program, please call Chief Advancement Officer Patrick Tevlin at 414.540.3330 or email him at email@example.com. Thank you!