Kobylinski agreed, “This venue will be one of the nicest, not only in the region but in the nation,” he said. “We already have a very nice pitch but this will give it an intimate setting that will truly be special and unique.”
New baseball dugouts--Meanwhile at the Dutch baseball field, the Step Up to the Plate Project is kicking off with the construction of new dugouts. Backstop netting, similar to what was installed last year on the Central softball field, is being installed and the old dugouts have been demolished. New dugouts will be ready for the spring season for the Dutch, who captured the 2012 Iowa Conference championship and have racked up more than 200 wins in nine seasons under coach Adam Stevens.
Construction will also include stadium seating behind home plate. The project cost for this phase is estimated at $157,000. Fundraising is continuing and giving information is available by contacting the college.
“It’s been a fun process,” Stevens said. “This will give us one of the best baseball facilities in the conference. We’re really excited. I know that our fans will really enjoy watching games from this set-up. It’s going to be first class.”
The announcement comes on the heels of some major improvements at Ron and Joyce Schipper Stadium. A new Field Turf playing surface was installed over the summer and work has begun on a new Daktronics video board behind the north end zone, funded by a generous gift from PPI (Precision Pulley & Idler, Inc.) of Pella.
The college also announced in August a new agreement with Under Armour for Central’s gear and apparel.
“We’re really excited about our facilities improvements and the opportunities they present us to better serve our student-athletes,” said Van Kley. “With these improvements and the Under Armour deal, there is a lot of enthusiasm among our coaches, staff and teams. We’re thrilled with the momentum we have going forward with Central’s athletics programs.”