The LSU baseball program moved one step closer Monday toward entering a new era as ground was officially broken at the construction site of the New Alex Box Stadium.
The new stadium will be located at the corner of Nicholson Drive and Gourrier Lane — about 200 yards south of the current site of Alex Box Stadium — and will seat 8,700 fans. The stadium is expected to be completed by the fall of 2008, and LSU is scheduled to play its first game in the new facility in February 2009.
LSU officials were joined at Monday’s groundbreaking by representatives of the stadium architects and contractor. The stadium was designed through a combined effort of Grace & Hebert Architects of Baton Rouge and DLR Group of Omaha, Neb. The contractor for the project is Buquet & LeBlanc of Baton Rouge.
“The construction of a new stadium demonstrates LSU’s commitment to our mission of returning the baseball program to a position of prominence,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “This facility will be one of the finest in the country, and it will enhance our players’ ability to compete at the highest level. I also believe our fans will be thrilled with the amenities the new stadium will offer.”
The FedEx Corporation donated three million dollars to the Memphis Baseball Program for the renovation of Nat Buring Stadium. The plans for the new stadium call for a new locker room, dugouts, grandstands, concession stands, press boxes, and new private boxes. The full release is available here.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University and CSX are currently working together to make an on-campus baseball field more than just talk at the office water cooler.
CSX, a railroad company based along 5th Avenue, wants to donate a seven-acre tract of land to Marshall in order to move the baseball field closer to campus, according to Head Baseball Coach Jeff Waggoner.
The seven acres to be donated, adjacent to Village Apartments on 22nd Street, have been toxically contaminated over an extended period of time, Menis Ketchum, chair of Marshall’s board of governors, said.
Marshall University must first remediate the land before it can be donated, Ketchum said.
Omaha Royals President Alan Stein said his group is open to any sort of possibility regarding the future of baseball stadiums in Omaha.
That includes, he said, having a hand in building a new stadium in the north downtown area, even if Rosenblatt Stadium is refurbished for the College World Series.
Among the possibilities being considered by the city is a $26 million upgrade in and around Rosenblatt Stadium. Another is a new, smaller stadium in the NoDo area with expandable seating for the CWS.
Two new stadiums? Out of the question, Stein said.
“But I’m not so sure that one new stadium and an appropriately upgraded one doesn’t make sense,” he said. “One of the options I’ve seen and heard is $50 million for a new stadium for both the CWS and the Royals.
OMAHA, Neb. — The city of Indianapolis has steel skyscrapers, slick presenters and the constant clatter of hardhats building the amateur sports capital of the world. Today, it juggles USA Track and Field and a dream to host the Super Bowl. Tomorrow, officials will contemplate something else, maybe the College World Series, because a bustling sports city never really sleeps.
Omaha has Jim Costello and 120 New York strip steaks.
Costello is with the Kiwanis Club, and for two weeks each summer, it’s his job to make one of the eight teams at the CWS feel special. He grills up halibut, chicken and mounds of steaks for Oregon State, and lets the boys tool around on pontoons at Chris Lake. One time, his job took him to a Laundromat at 2 a.m., washing jockstraps and dirty socks, because “it had to be done.”
“I almost try to treat them like they’re a guest in my house,” Costello says. “They’re our team. We’re Oregon State Beavers fans now.”
Indianapolis, it seems, doesn’t have a chance.
Elizabeth Merrill talks about keeping the CWS in Omaha
David Albright talks about moving the CWS
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Baseball Digest Daily is in Omaha covering the College World Series. They are great people so check it out.
The Kansas City Star has another article about a possible new Rosenblatt stadium.
The Valley Baseball League has announced their players of the week which includes players from around the country including Tampa, Western Carolina, and Butler.
The Cape Cod Baseball League has also released their players of the week.
ABCA has released all region teams for the entire country but right now we only have found the Northeast team right now.
The ABCA has also released their 2007 All-American teams for Division 1 which can be found here.
The Capital Times of Madison WI has an article today about the University of Wisconsin’s lack of a baseball program and efforts to bring the program back.
The mayor of Omaha NE Mike Fahey is pursing an option to build a new 50 million dollar baseball stadium. The seating capacity would be topped out at 9,000 but would be expandable to 25,000 for the CWS. The full article from the Omaha World-Herald is available here.
The Tulane Green Wave Athletic Department has announced that Turchin Stadium will not be completed by the end of the 2007 season. This forces the Green Wave to play all their remaining home games at Zephyr Field home of the New Orleans Zephyrs. The 2007 Conference USA Tournament was scheduled to be played at Turchin Stadium thus the conference needs to look for a new home. The CBB will keep you updated on any news on where the tournament will be moved to.
The Times-Picayune Article
The Ole Miss Baseball Program has set plans in motion to expand Oxford-University Stadium to a seating capacity of 10,000. Head Coach Mike Bianco believes the upgraded facility will help with atmosphere and recruiting. The full article is available here.
The Harvard University Athletic Department has added a bubble to historic Harvard Stadium to provide an excellent indoor facility to the baseball program in addition to other spring sports. This is a big step forward for the spring sports at Harvard because it gives them a place to work out and get full field scrimmages in. The full article is available here.