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    Re: Where should LaTech rebuild baseball stadium

    At the monthly oldtimer lettermen's breakfast on Thursday it was reported they could have the site selection by the 4th of July. Breaking ground by August, they chuckled, when the group meets again. Hope so!
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    Re: Where should LaTech rebuild baseball stadium

    Quote Originally Posted by techman05 View Post
    Hawkins Field at Vandy is not very different from our field as far as dimensions. The more I look at other facilities, I am convinced we could rebuild in the same location. Slightly increase dimensions and add seating by increasing the number of seats over the dugouts and extending main grandstand up a few rows.
    That's my favorite scenario, but I think the demolition portion of the project would delay it quite a bit. At this point I'm not optimistic about anything for 2020 anyway, so my demo delay concern probably does not matter in the big picture..
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    Re: Where should LaTech rebuild baseball stadium

    Quote Originally Posted by PawDawg View Post
    That's my favorite scenario, but I think the demolition portion of the project would delay it quite a bit. At this point I'm not optimistic about anything for 2020 anyway, so my demo delay concern probably does not matter in the big picture..
    I like the idea too, if that is indeed what we do, we will just have to live with not playing at home next season, which would be fine imo to get a nice new upgraded facility.
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    Re: Where should LaTech rebuild baseball stadium

    Quote Originally Posted by Rooster View Post
    I like the idea too, if that is indeed what we do, we will just have to live with not playing at home next season, which would be fine imo to get a nice new upgraded facility.
    Agreed. A sacrifice now for a better future.

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    Re: Where should LaTech rebuild baseball stadium

    Quote Originally Posted by Rooster View Post
    I like the idea too, if that is indeed what we do, we will just have to live with not playing at home next season, which would be fine imo to get a nice new upgraded facility.
    Or we would be playing in a very bare bones facility with basically just seating and a scoreboard - which would be ok - once conference play started
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    Re: Where should LaTech rebuild baseball stadium

    I wonder when any renderings will be released? I hope the athletic dept keeps fans updated.

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    Re: Where should LaTech rebuild baseball stadium

    Quote Originally Posted by qng001 View Post
    I wonder when any renderings will be released? I hope the athletic dept keeps fans updated.
    Keep in mind, they don't know the site yet. They're still trying to have questions answered about the entire project for all sports. I don't know, but I suspect some of those questions include:

    If the current site for baseball is feasible what other sites are feasible for soccer and softball from both an area and engineering standpoint? More than likely if we want to upgrade facilities for those sports they're going to have to move out of the creek bed. It's a sink hole laden flood area that we've never built on for good reason.

    If soccer were to be moved, can a combined track/soccer facility work at the current track?

    Would the old Carruthers Dorm site work for softball or soccer or both? If baseball isn't feasible at its current site, is it feasible at this site from an area and engineering standpoint?

    If baseball has to be moved from its current location, could it work at the Rugby field if the road were removed?

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    Re: Where should LaTech rebuild baseball stadium

    From the News-Star:

    A few highlights:

    -Soccer, softball, and baseball will not play on campus this coming year. The new sports complex in Ruston and Ruston High could be used for practice and games.
    -Tennis and Track will compete at their current facilities in the coming year.
    -Demolition will occur in the next few months and will cost about $500,000. Tech is going through the proper process to ensure the state pays for this.
    -Tommy said the damage appears to be between $17 million and $22 million
    -Softball and Soccer will likely move away from the creek bed given the engineering, drainage, irrigation, and other issues in that area
    -Tommy said what they're trying to accomplish "is far exceed most people's expectations."

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    Re: Where should LaTech rebuild baseball stadium

    To follow up on the previous post:

    Given the information that's public so far it looks like the damage is somewhere around $20 million. The state's self-insured fund will pay a few million. FEMA will pay 75% or approximately $15 million. In an interview with Aaron Dietrich in May Tommy indicated a state appropriation would fill any gaps between insurance and FEMA. I suspect the governor gave Dr. Guice that assurance when he visited in the days after the Tornado.

    If there is $20 million in public money and Tech is able to raise $20 million in private dollars, that would amount to roughly $22 to 24 million for baseball, $6 to $8 million for softball, $6 to $8 million for a combined track/soccer facility at the current track, and $1 to $2 million to create football practice fields in the creek bed, which would be perfect for practice fields for football but not much else.

    Those numbers may look high., but there will be millions of dollars in engineering and site wok at all these locations. And thankfully it does appear they are thinking big.

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    Re: Where should LaTech rebuild baseball stadium

    I imagine soccer could be up and running with a field (at least to practice on) once they find their new location. Their previous facility didn't contain much (prefab pressbox, metal grandstand on concrete slab, lights). I assume their next facility prob needs locker rooms and restroom facility.


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    Re: Where should LaTech rebuild baseball stadium

    I'm sure I'm missing out on the details of what the masters are planning for the athletics master plan, but why can't we just chaulk up The Joe pitch?

    Soccer matches are, when, Fridays and Sundays?
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    I was driving through campus and actually paying attention. I am not sure anything could be moved to the old dorm location or up on the rugby field without so much dirt work that the cost would prohibit. Just a Joe Shmow’s spacial relations assessment.

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    Re: Where should LaTech rebuild baseball stadium

    Quote Originally Posted by Dawgpix View Post
    I'm sure I'm missing out on the details of what the masters are planning for the athletics master plan, but why can't we just chaulk up The Joe pitch?

    Soccer matches are, when, Fridays and Sundays?
    When the first artificial turf was put down in JAS, it was lined for soccer and the team did play there. No reason that can't be done for 2019 at least.

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    Re: Where should LaTech rebuild baseball stadium

    All things considered, we ought to hear some solid news on what the plans are soon.

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    McClelland says they’re working on cutting a deal for fall baseball and softball practice at Ruston high schools including potentially altering class schedules to accommodate, but the games themselves could be played all over…

    “They may play some games in Frisco where they have a really great alumni base in the Dallas Fort Worth area, we may take some road games to Monroe, or Shreveport, or Jackson Mississippi.”

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