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Go-ahead for MSU’s Dudy Noble Field renovations

A complete overhaul of Mississippi State University’s (MSU) Dudy Noble Field-Polk DeMent baseball stadium can push ahead after a funding deal was agreed.

Trustees have approved plans for MSU to borrow up to $30 million to expand and upgrade the stadium.

The Dudy Noble Field Master Plan calls for a new double-tiered grandstand, an elevated concourse that encircles the playing field and allows a constant view of the playing surface, welcoming entry plazas, restrooms, concessions, a kids’ play area, berm seating and upgraded field lighting.

There will also be a new HD video board, digital ribbon signage, team areas (clubhouse, training room, equipment room, coaches’ offices, etc.), and dramatically improved aesthetics.

The total project is expected to cost $55 million, with some $25 million due to be raised from donations.

Baseball holds a place of special importance at Mississippi State, where the Bulldogs’ rich championship tradition has attracted record-breaking crowds and national attention.

The design team of Wier Boerner Allin Architecture and national baseball stadium experts Populous, in consultation with Mississippi State alum Janet Marie Smith, has produced the proposed Dudy Noble Field Master Plan concept.

Several premium seating opportunities will be available. The new stadium will feature approximately 50 skyboxes (25 in the main grandstand, 25 in the outfield) and club and loge seating.

The outfield suites will feature two bedrooms, a bath, kitchen and living space and will be available for use year-round.

Capacity is planned to allow MSU to continue to host the largest crowds in college baseball. The new grandstand will hold more fans than the current grandstand, berm seating down each line will allow for greater general admission seating and the outfield should accommodate the same number of fans, if not more.

Additionally, there will be excellent standing room views of the field surrounding the concourse that the current facility does not provide.