Ribbon cutting slated for new UTM facility
Posted: Friday, February 25, 2011 1:38 pm
MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin will have a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Baseball-Softball Fieldhouse at 4 p.m., Monday.
The fieldhouse, located between the baseball and softball fields at the end of Pat Head Summitt Drive, includes baseball and softball locker rooms, dressing rooms, offices, equipment rooms, a laundry room and storage, public restrooms and a concession stand.
“The new Baseball-Softball Fieldhouse will be the crowning feature for several facility improvements surrounding baseball and softball over the last three years,” said Phil Dane, UT Martin director of athletics.
The fieldhouse footprint is approximately 6,700 square feet, and the total project, including new lights for the baseball and softball fields will be completed for a total cost of $1.75 million. Primary funding for the total project comes from a portion of the $50 per semester activity fee revenue approved by the UT Martin student body in 2007.
“I don’t think anybody will have a finer on-campus facility in the Ohio Valley Conference,” UT Martin head softball coach Donley Canary said.
Allen Searcy Contractors built the building while Vic Buehler of Anderson Buehler Architects of Jackson served as the project designer.
Work on the building began in Feb. 2010 and was completed earlier this month.
“Our facilities are at a peak right now and this helps in recruiting, but more importantly, it helps the guys who are here right now,” UT Martin baseball coach Bubba Cates said.
“You can walk into the dressing room just a few feet off the field. We haven’t had the ability to do that – few teams in the Ohio Valley Conference who can do that and we are now one of them. I am just real happy for our current players to have this convenience.”