Baseball Field Renewal
Beginning fall 2012
Last fall, Sewanee began a fundraising effort to renew Montgomery Field, a three-phase project that, when complete, will give baseball players a safe, competitive facility and will significantly upgrade the experience of spectators. For this season, Sewanee has completed the upgrade of the playing surface with a warning track and a seamless transition from infield to outfield. The project also included a first-ever irrigation system to keep the playing surface well conditioned. New black vinyl fencing completed the on-field improvements.
The final phase of the project is the construction of a grandstand and a pavilion with a concession stand, restrooms, and picnic areas to provide comfortable and safe seating as well as important amenities for spectators. " The incredible generosity of parents and alumni has made it possible to transform our baseball field," said Robert Black, an advancement officer at Sewanee. "We have raised nearly $300,000 dollars; new gifts of around $100,000 will complete the project.
By far, the most ambitious part of the baseball upgrade is what is left: the construction of permanent grandstands, with stadium seating for 200, and the pavilion. Anyone who follows Tiger baseball will understand just how critical this step is to supporting our student-athletes. The temporary bleachers now being used are inadequate, and Montgomery Field lacks basic amenities to encourage fans to watch games.
To complete this necessary and worthwhile project, support is needed from many in the Sewanee family. Alumni, parents, and other baseball fans are called upon to help the University support our student-athletes in this meaningful endeavor. While any gift is appreciated, donors will be publicly recognized through special giving societies for this project listed on this page.
To learn more about this project, download the project brochure.
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