SALISBURY, Md. - Improvements to Salisbury University’s athletics complex continue with the opening of the new Sea Gull Softball Stadium on Saturday, March 4, 2017.
A ribbon cutting took place prior to the team’s first home game of the season with SU President Janet Dudley-Eshbach, alumni players and others throwing out ceremonial first pitches.
The ribbon cutting featured the Wicomico High School color guard and the national anthem performed by Squawkappella. It was held during the team’s two-day Sea Gull Classic.
“This new softball stadium and field have been a long time coming for Coach Knight and her players,” added Dr. Gerry DiBartolo, interim athletics director. “We hope supporters enjoy it, too.”
The stadium is located at the corner of Bateman and South Division streets.
The facility features permanent seating for 500 fans, along with expanded, heated dugouts for home and visiting teams, a ticket booth, a larger press box behind home plate and permanent bathrooms.
It also has improved bullpens, four batting cages, a new scoreboard, and an entry plaza. The playing area also got an upgrade with the addition of artificial turf in the outfield.
The $3.2 million facility was constructed with non-state dollars. The previous field had existed at the same location since the 1970s. Demolition began last summer.
SU’s softball program has 21 NCAA tournament appearances, nine NCAA championship appearances and 19 CAC championship wins. It also has had 36 All-Americans and 168 All-conference honorees.
Softball's regular season offers 26 home games for fans to enjoy the new facility.
To view the 2017 softball schedule, head here.
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