Field of Dreams; Softball Style

Drawing of new Mizzou softball stadium.
Drawing of new Mizzou softball stadium.

There’s the classic line in the baseball movie, ‘Field of Dream’s,’ “If you build it, they (he) will come.” That line could be the slogan for the growth of softball with several college teams either planning or already building new stadiums. Along with recent renovations done to existing stadiums.

Here are several examples of that building boom.

Construction is underway on a new stadium for Mizzou softball. The new facility is to be completed in time for the 2017 season with the new stadium hosting the 2018 Southeastern Conference Tournament.

The new stadium will provide Tiger’s fans with a “full-view” concourse and outfield plaza, a 1,600-1,700 seat venue and outfield bermed lawn area offering increased capacity for an additional 1,000 spectators. The total estimated cost of the project is $16 million dollars.

They have even set up a construction cam where you can keep track of the progress of the stadium as it is being built.

Mizzou Construction Cam

The University of Auburn lists $15 million for a potential softball facility on its list of capital projects for the future, according to Auburn University’s Board of Trustees.

The school says that expansion at Jane B. Moore Field could be difficult because of the lack of space beyond the outfield walls and that the school could explore other building options on or off campus for the new stadium. Everything is just in the very early talking stages now.

The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents has approved construction of Texas A&M’s new softball stadium. The $28.6 million project is scheduled to begin shortly and completed in advance of the 2018 season.

The new softball stadium will hold 2,000 fans and will include club level seating as well as two luxury suites. The new press box will feature two radio booths, a TV booth and a writing press area.

“I am thrilled we are moving forward with our plans to construct a new stadium,” head coach Jo Evans said. “I appreciate the support of our past and current athletics administration, President Young, and the Board of Regents. We have waited a long time to be in a position to build a state-of-the-art facility, and I am grateful to have Director of Athletics Scott Woodward, Senior Associate AD for Facilities and Construction Kevin Hurley and Senior Associate Athletics Director, CFO and Sport Administrator Jeff Toole in support of the project and committed to building a first-class facility.”

So the future looks very bright for college softball and especially SEC softball.

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