SFA’s baseball field to have brighter games
Published: Monday, February 25, 2013
Updated: Monday, February 25, 2013 13:02
Fans of Lumberjack Baseball and players alike will enjoy renovations at The Jacks’ home field, Jaycees Field, beginning with the upcoming game against Louisiana Tech at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27.
With money donated by Joe Max and Jane Green and another anonymous donor for the baseball facility, the SFA athletics department made it possible for the field to be renovated, including new lights that will be used for night games, a new solid aluminum outfield fence and a 10-foot wide warning track that stretches from right foul pole to left foul pole.
“We are so grateful to these special friends of the baseball program who saw the need for lights and what we could accomplish, and they were willing to step up to the plate to help,” Robert Hill, director of athletics, said in a press release. “Their willingness to help shows how far our baseball program has come.”
The lights will allow for teams to play night games for the first time since 2006 when the program was brought back. In the past, because of the lack of lights at the field, the program has had to suspend games due to darkness.
“The last night games ever played at Jacyees Field were in 1995, the final year of the program,” the press release stated.
The renovations, which started in early January, will allow fans who usually cannot make the day games because of work to come wto night games after picking up the family and grabbing a hot dog at the concession stand.
“These renovations give us an opportunity to help with scheduling, recruitment and fan support,” James Dixon, director of media relations, said.
Baseball players miss enough class already, and the night games will allow them to not miss as much because they will not have to leave class early to go to a game.
“They’re leaving earlier in the day so they are missing school,” Dixon said. “And now, teams who live farther away can come and play here now because of the lights.”
Universities that have lights and better overall facilities make a better impression on prospective freshmen students looking for a baseball program. The renovations, therefore, can affect the recruitment aspect of the program.
“I think it will add an exciting addition to the baseball program,” Dixon said. “It will add an air of excitement with fans and students who come.”
According to the press release, SFA will play the first game as a midweek day game on Feb. 27, before the night games begin.
All games played between Monday through Friday will begin at 6:30 p.m. The first night game of the year at Jaycees Field will be the series opener against Arlington Baptist on March 8.
For more information, visit the SFA Athletics website at www.sfajacks.com.