Marshal University To Build A New Baseball Stadium
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Marshall University has indeed taken a huge step in building a baseball stadium when Mike Hamrick the school’s athletic director announced that they have hired an architect to take to care of the design. There were more than 75 former Thundering Herd baseball players in the Big Green Room of Joan C. Edwards Stadium when Hamrick made the announcement.
The name of the architect was not divulged to the media but photographs of the proposed stadium were displayed. The stadium will be located at Flint Group Pigments Plant property that was formerly called BASF on 2401 5th Avenue. The price of the property is $1.2 million.
The players and coaches were visibly elated when they heard the announcement but the happiest was legendary Marshall head baseball coach, Jack Cook who was the coach of Marshall from 1967 to 1989. He won the most games with Thundering Herd than any coach in the school’s sport’s history.
At present, Marshall plays non-conference baseball games at George T. Smailes Field located at YMCA Kennedy Centre. Conference USA home games are being played at the Appalachian Power Plant located in Charleston and Linda K. Epling Stadium in Beckley, West Virginia. Jeff Waggoner, the current Marshal coach hopes that they no longer need to take the bus to Charleston or Beckley once they have their new ballpark.
The stadium is long overdue. It is embarrassing for a league like Conference USA to have to travel elsewhere for games. With the new ballpark, Marshal hopes that more students will be attracted to the program.
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