UConn baseball looks to renovate J.O. Christain Field
Published: Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 22:10
Coming off the success of a Big East championship and three NCAA Tournament appearances in four years, UConn baseball is heavily levying for funds to renovate their facilities at J.O. Christian Field. While plans are still in their preliminary stages, upgrades would include a turf field and stadium with a capacity holding several thousand people.
“There’s no secret facilities are important in recruiting and we have some fantastic training facilities year round. The guys can develop and get better,” said head coach Jim Penders. “For the 18-20 home games a year it’d be nice to have some chair backs and a good 1500-2000 person facility would be fantastic.”
The stadium enhancement could potentially follow in the wake of the UConn Basketball Development Center’s completion next year. Players and coaches within the program are optimistic former Huskies will have an impact on bringing about the change.
“Hopefully we can get a few alumni in the major leagues to start giving back a little more and maybe that’s how we can get the money,” said senior RHP Anthony Marzi.
The benefits of new facilities would be obvious. Underclassmen are hopeful they will still be in uniform when the project is completed.
“It would be awesome for these facilities to be completed while I am still here. In my opinion it would attract a larger fan base to come out and support the team and make it more fun and exciting to come out and watch a game,” said sophomore first baseman Bobby Melley.
“It would make us better, fuel our motivation,” added sophomore pitcher Christian Collelleti.
While upperclassmen will in all likelihood fail to see the facility enhancement occur during their time on campus it did not lower the enthusiasm.
“I think it’d be awesome to come back to a stadium and watch a game from the stands and see all the new batting cages and new facilities and new locker rooms. I hope that it comes soon,” said Marzi. “Everyone on the team contributes to the success and the next step is new facilities so it’s meaningful to contribute. When you come back and see it you can tell those guys we helped you get this, it’s worth it.”