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Purdue to play at Lambert Field this Spring

FROM CBD NEWS SOURCE
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Due to delays in the construction of Alexander Field, all Purdue home baseball games will be scheduled at Lambert Field this spring.

Alexander Field is part of the “Northwest Site,” which is located near Cherry Lane and McCormick Road and also houses the soccer complex, tennis facility and cross country course. It will seat 1,500 with the possibility of expansion to 2,500.

The $10.3 million baseball stadium is part of the $121 million Mackey Complex/Northwest Site master plan that was approved in 2007. The project is being financed by fund-raising, revenue received from Big Ten Conference television agreements and other department funds. The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is self-supporting and receives no tax dollars or university funding.

Alexander Field is named in honor of the late John and Anna Margaret Ross Alexander. The Alexanders were the parents of Dave Alexander, who is giving the lead gift for the project. Dave Alexander was Purdue baseball coach from 1978 to 1991 and then an athletics administrator through 1994. All three Alexanders graduated from Purdue, and Dave played on Purdue’s baseball team.

Alexander Field will replace the 1,100-seat Lambert Field, which has been home to Purdue baseball since 1965. Lambert Field will be razed to allow additional parking for the renovated Student Fitness and Wellness Center.