WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Purdue's softball program just hired a new coach and now plans to move from the 18-year-old facility to a new state-of-the-art softball stadium.
"It's been a six-year project. It will be eight years when it's all said and done, but we took it step-by-step," Purdue associate athletic director Tom Schott said. "The big picture was approved back in 2007 and this is just the final piece of the puzzle."
"I know that the folks wanted to certainly have something for the softball gals too because they have certainly achieved a lot in the past few years," State Representative Sheila Klinker (D-27) said.
The State Budget Committee approved a 40 year lease and sublease agreement for the new stadium. More than $21,000,000 from Athletic Department Funds will be used for the lease.
As for the stadium, it will cost about $13,000,000. It will be located by the Alexander Field and have the capacity to hold 1000 spectators. Features include lighting for night games, heated dugouts, concessions, and a heated training facility. Schott said the new stadium will look similar to its neighboring baseball complex.
"There are some size differentials between a baseball field and a softball field, but same look and feel, same scope. They'll certainly mirror each other when they're out there," Schott said.
Schott said it's the last project of a 20 year plan to update athletic facilities at Purdue. He said updating facilities can help recruit players.
"That's the name of the game. Kids want to be wowed," Schott said. "We're certainly not ever going to be the most flashy or the most glitzy but we're going to be very contemporary and very classy."
"This will be a boon to the softball league at Purdue," Klinker said.
Schott said the next step is to find a bidder to build the stadium. He said he hopes the team will be playing in the new stadium for the 2015 season.
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