BRISTOL, Tenn. – This fall, King University completed upgrades to the baseball complex, with funding provided by the Tornado Athletic Club and other friends of the baseball program.
Among the enhancements are new bleachers with a capacity of 225, which sit on a concrete pad elevated roughly three feet above the field of play. The project also includes a new block backstop wall, and fencing was replaced with netting behind home plate. The elevated bleachers, along with the netting, will provide excellent sightlines for spectators.
"This project is yet another enhancement to our student-athlete experience and our commitment to providing a quality experience for our fans and supporters," said director of athletics David Hicks. "I'm appreciative of the work and collaboration between our facilities services staff, advancement staff and everyone at King to make this project a reality."
Additional upgrades include the construction of steps leading to the bleachers, as well as a brick patio at the top of the hill to enhance the spectator experience.
"Our program is so appreciative of all the efforts to make this project a reality," head coach Blaine Brown said. "This has been a vision of mine since I arrived at King. There were a lot of people involved in helping make this possible."
"I am very thankful for President Whitaker and our athletic director, David Hicks, for his support on the project. Todd Thomas and our facilities department were a huge help in putting this vision in motion. Thank you to all the alumni and supporters of King University baseball. We have one of the best backdrops in college baseball and this upgrade allows fans to sit and enjoy it. Our players continue to relish our new facility every time they are at the field. This will undoubtedly enhance their experience at King and the future student-athletes to come."
The Tornado open the season on the road this weekend, King will play their home opener on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. against UVa-Wise.