One of Eastern’s most winningest programs is looking to get some well-deserved renovations for the 2017 season.
EKU Baseball has long been at the forefront of team and personal excellence with 16 OVC Regular Season Championships and over 32 Major League Baseball Draft picks–one of whom, Christian Friedrich, is currently in the majors. Though the team may garner accolades from peers and professionals, the Colonels have had difficulty gained the respect and fan base other EKU sports may enjoy.
Coach Edwin Thompson is looking to make his second year with the program the most memorable yet for both the team and the fans as Colonels will have a newly renovated place to play big-name teams such as Mississippi State and Louisville.
Construction on the baseball facilities have begun and will, hopefully, be finished by regular season play in March, Thompson said.
The renovations will include new team locker rooms, hitting facilities and office spaces for the Colonels as well as a new entrance, concessions stand and chair back seats for the fans. With these changes comes the hope that fans, and students, will attend more home games, Thompson said, especially against rough opponents.
“We had great student support last year with events like Greek Day, and we’re hoping the new facilities will enhance our attendance,” Thompson said.
Thompson said he hopes recruits will also be impressed by the changes made to facilities. With a winning tradition and a tough schedule, updated facilities could offer recruits even more amenities once they join the Colonels.
“When I came here, I obviously knew the tradition and the history of the program,” Thompson said, “but I also loved the vision President Michael Benson and (Director of Athletics) Stephen Lochmueller had for the program and all sports.”
The new facilities are being built through agency bonds sold in 2015.