Renderings have been released for the new Jacksonville State University (JSU) Baseball Stadium which is scheduled to be ready for the 2018 season.
Construction on the US$7.5 million Stadium in Jacksonville is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2017.
The Stadium was approved in July, starting the planning and design phase of the project. The renderings give the Gamecocks and their fans an idea of what the new home for JSU Baseball will look like.
Davis Architects, Inc., from Birmingham and local architect Bill Whittaker will collaborate on the project, which is expected to take 9-12 months to complete.
Davis Architects has extensive experience designing athletic projects within the state of Alabama and throughout the southeast. They designed Auburn Arena, the Birmingham Crossplex, Bryant-Denny Stadium Expansions, Coleman Coliseum renovations and most recently Sewell-Thomas Stadium, the new baseball stadium at the University of Alabama that opened this past season.
JSU Athletics Director Greg Seitz said:
This is an exciting time for our baseball program and for our Gamecocks community. This is the next step in the process and puts us closer to having a state-of-the-art home for what is already a top-notch baseball programme. We can’t wait to see what this new stadium does for both the competitive and recruiting landscape of our programme.
The baseball stadium is expected to include a 1,000 seat spectator grandstand with a shade canopy, four VIP suites that will be able to entertain large groups with seating inside and outside, a new state-of-the-art press box to include radio and television broadcast booths, and a game operations centre.
The Gamecocks’ home dugout will be located along the first-base line and adjacent to a new clubhouse that will feature a locker room, lounge, team meeting area and athletic training treatment area. The clubhouse will be attached to an enclosed training facility that will allow for batting and pitching workouts. New step-down team dugouts, bullpens, new coaches offices and meeting space will also be included in the project.
The renderings were presented to the JSU Board of Trustees last week in the Board’s quarterly meeting.
Early in the summer, the programme received a combined private gift of $2 million, the largest ever made to JSU. That gift kick-started a campaign for private funds to help finance the park, which will be built around the existing Rudy Abbott Field at the corner of Rudy Abbott Highway and Pennsylvania Avenue.
Head coach Jim Case said:
The new stadium is going to mean so much to our baseball program. It will provide our student-athletes with a first-class facility, while also improving the overall fan experience. Obviously, this will be a great recruiting attraction for our future student-athletes to help us to continue to have a championship programme.
Images courtesy Jacksonville State University