Discussion in 'College Baseball Forum' started by HammerDown, Jul 8, 2014.
"Meh." - insecure Virginia fans
UVa did a 5 million renovation in 2010, so it's not really time to renovate again.
What's there to be insecure about?
Kiss my ass!
"No comment." - @Edisto_Tiger and @jeffro151
I can't see it?
Virginia eyes upgrades to tennis, golf, football, baseball facilities - The Daily Progress: Local
Baseball field facelift
Fresh off its first College World Series championship in program history, Virginia baseball would also get a facelift pending project approval.
Davenport Field improvements would include an additional 1,200 to 1,500 seats (the stadium’s present capacity is 5,000), luxury boxes down the first-base line, club-level seating and a lounge, more restrooms and concessions areas, additional indoor batting cages, other player development amenities, and coaches’ offices, all at a cost of at least $12 million. Final costs for this project are still being estimated.
Wooden bleacher seats down the right-field line would be replaced by chair-back seats. The Virginia bullpen located down the third-base line would be moved behind the outfield wall and the present bullpen area would be replaced with chair-back seats. The grass hill just beyond the bullpen would remain intact.
“If this project is approved, it would keep our facility moving forward and help secure the future of our baseball program,” said UVa coach Brian O’Connor, who has directed the Cavaliers to three CWS appearances in the past five years and 12 consecutive NCAA Tournaments.
“These additions would enhance the experience for our fans, give them a better seat, better amenities and make the fan experience more enjoyable,” O’Connor said. “Our fans have had a whole lot to do with the success of our baseball program and this is a chance to reward them.”
O’Connor said that UVa baseball easily sells out in postseason, and that while the university has made improvements to the facility since it was built in 2002, expansion is the next big step. North Carolina built a $25-million stadium in recent years and Vanderbilt, which UVa has faced in the last two CWS finals, has announced a major expansion to its stadium.
“Part of it is from a recruiting standpoint in that we need to show prospects that we are pressing forward with more seats and the only reason we’re doing that is that there’s a demand for more seating,” O’Connor said.
Virginia’s unexpected hosting of the NCAA Super Regional against Maryland in May caused such a rush on the athletic department’s box office that the stadium sold out in a matter of minutes.
“We want to give more people a chance to experience Virginia baseball,” O’Connor said.
The university’s long-term strategic plan to address facilities for all of its sports programs is currently under review with the university’s administration and will be announced at a later date.
Everyone wants to play baseball for Vanderbilt.
Can you blame them?
Yeah... They should want to be playing for the defending CWS champions instead.
to be the best , you got to beat the best.....
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Corbin has mastered the sales pitch at Vandy:
get an ivy league education while playing SEC baseball.
Why haven't hoops and football mastered this? Does eduation not matter to football and basketball players?
I don't have the answer, just asking the question.
Corbin is also very good at getting northeast players.
I had the privilege of meeting him during an internship in college. One of the nicest guys you'll ever meet. That can't hurt either.
personally i think most of the football and basketball players who would make a difference to a team are more interested in playing for a couple of years (or just one in BB's case) for some big time program where they can show case for the NFL or NBA, not in getting an education in case things don't pan out. Baseball players are ,for the most part, just smarter people
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