Pella Chronicle

Sports

September 25, 2013

Central baseball, softball facility upgrades

The soccer and baseball fields at Central College’s A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex are getting a facelift.

New seating projects have kicked off at both facilities.

“These are donor-initiated and supported projects,” said athletics director Eric Van Kley. “No college funds are being used. We are extremely grateful to have donors who are so committed to serving our student-athletes.”

Dirt removal began recently for the Hillside Seating Project at the soccer field. The hillside on the east side of the playing field, just west of the complex parking lot, is being transformed into permanent seating. About 200 aluminum bucket seats will be installed along with 200 limestone terrace spectator seats. The project is slated for completion prior to the end of the fall season.

Fundraising continues for a future construction phase which will provide for a spectator plaza with a concession stand, covered seating, field lighting and restrooms. Cost for the entire project is estimated at $300,000. Fundraising is continuing and giving information is available by contacting Central College.

Central already has an outstanding playing surface and is one of just two schools in the league with a natural turf field. The Dutch also have irrigated practice fields for both the men’s and women’s squads. Central’s men’s team have made 11 consecutive Iowa Conference tourney appearances under coach Garry Laidlaw, reaching the finals in 2012. The Central women’s team is enjoying a resurgence under coach Mike Kobylinski and are ranked No. 10 in the NSCAA Division III regional coaches’ poll with a 52 mark.

“I can’t remember a more exciting time on campus with everything that’s going on, not just with the seating project but in other areas as well,” Laidlaw said. “I obviously want to thank the administration as well as the parents and alumni who have already contributed. And we’re grateful to Coach Van Kley, who has been one of the driving forces behind this. His enthusiasm is contagious. We’re very fortunate to have one of the best soccer fields around and this puts a topper on a fantastic existing facility.”

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