After their first 40-win season, Campbell University have unveiled plans for new baseball stadium, which is to be called the Jim Perry Stadium.

The venue, which will bear the name of the 1970 Cy Young Award winner, will hold up to 630 fans, with a grandstand that stretches from the visiting dugout to the home dugout.

Jim Perry said during a news conference: “I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time."

Construction on the upgrades began last year when new gates were installed along with a new ticket booth, rest room and concession facility. Last month, the old grandstands were demolished along with the press box and concession stand.

The facilities upgrades, which amount to a new stadium, were pushed by baseball coach Greg Goff, who believed a new stadium would generate more excitement for the surging team.

Athletics director Bob Roller said: “Coach Greg Goff gets a great amount of credit for this for working tirelessly on this project. We look forward to enjoying many games at Jim Perry Stadium.

“Every day I go out to the ballpark and see this process move forward. The opportunity for our stadium to be named after Mr Jim Perry is a great honour. Not only was he a great pitcher, but he is a great man.”

The coach is also experiencing the benefits of a new stadium when trying to attract new recruits.

“Everything has been so much easier now that we have this planned out, it’s been so much easier to bring recruits to campus and show them what we’re working on here. We have 11 commitments already this year.

“With this new stadium we can show that we can get kids where they want to go as far as baseball is concerned.”

Posted on 13/11/2012