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    Re: Where should LaTech rebuild baseball stadium

    Quote Originally Posted by Exes&Ohs View Post
    You are suggesting a facility with a price tag of over ten million. Where will we get the money.
    For starters the State's Self-Insured Fund will pay $2.3 million. I suspect FEMA will end up covering the rest. If we get dollars to rebuild the stadium way it was built in 1967-68 (not precast or aluminum or a combination of both) but thick poured concrete I think it would bring $7 million to $10 million. Maybe more.

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    Re: Where should LaTech rebuild baseball stadium

    Quote Originally Posted by Exes&Ohs View Post
    Cant depend on students for any more
    Really! Tech students pay almost nothing in students fees for athletics compared to most of our competitors.

    Even for projects on campus in the last 30 years like the Lambright Center expansion or Centennial Plaza we ask so little of our students that we have to "value engineer" a project down to get it completed because we didn't want to ask enough of our students to begin with.

    Yet, to the credit of our alumni base a proposed student fee hasn't been turned down at Tech in at least 40 years. The only project I've been able to find since the 70s that got less than 60% support of our students was the Centennial Plaza project which came up for a vote in 1992.
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    Re: Where should LaTech rebuild baseball stadium

    Quote Originally Posted by Exes&Ohs View Post
    I doubt we could look to the Foundation for help. They loaned the athletic dept 12mil for the press box addition and no one knows when that can be repaid thus Foundation is in no position to loan out more millions without a specific repayment plan.
    Your post suggests the athletic department went to the Foundation and took out a loan as if it were a bank. The reality is the university simply used the Foundation to run the debt through rather than float bonds. Specifically because they intend to pay it off through fundraising efforts rather than use the revenue it's generating, which is going into the operating budget. Part of the press box debt will be paid off through the 125th anniversary fundraising project.

    Tech is also in the process of raising funds for an academic support facility for athletics, which will run into 8 figures.

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    Re: Where should LaTech rebuild baseball stadium

    Quote Originally Posted by Exes&Ohs View Post
    Time for the heavy hitters to ante up or else we will see only a patch job on existing structure and that isnt good.
    To their credit some of the heavy hitters have stepped to the plate in the past 10 years for at least 3 projects. But you're correct in that if ever Tech needed to come up with a visionary plan and sell it to alums it's now.

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    Re: Where should LaTech rebuild baseball stadium

    Quote Originally Posted by Bone_afide_Dawg View Post
    What you say is exactly right. This worse than awful moment in time has to be capitalized on in the biggest and best way possible. Not only is the new and improved scale of the facility fundamentally important for all the reasons that so many have said, itís also essential that Techís administration and supporters by way of their futuristic decision making put the programs in need, baseball, softball and soccer on a path of greater expectations and accomplishment. I donít see that happening by simply rebuilding what was old, too small and too simplistic by making it new again.
    Well said!

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    Re: Where should LaTech rebuild baseball stadium

    I was gonna post, after last night, we should consider not rebuilding and just let baseball fade into oblivion. But, that is too easy of an out...which our team would muff up by tossing the ball into the concession stand. Anyway, baseball is not about winning...just ask Cub fans! It's about having a team so in the 7th inning you can sing, "it's root, root, root for the home team.." (or for the Dawgies) "if they don't win it's just more of the same!" Or something like that...

    So, let's rebuild and all sing along in the bottom of the 7th!

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    Re: Where should LaTech rebuild baseball stadium

    Dream scenario:

    10 feet of depth added to all fields. Raise the right field fence to the same height as left field. Extend grand stand at least to the outside edge of the dugouts. Extend seating back 2-3 rows at least all the way round. Build an enclose or at least covered bullpen down left field with permanent but open seating over it. (If not now, they should start fundraising now with intentions to do this in 8-10 years at most)

    If that can be accomplished in current location, do it. If not, move to green space across the tracks.

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    Re: Where should LaTech rebuild baseball stadium

    Quote Originally Posted by The Historian View Post
    Really! Tech students pay almost nothing in students fees for athletics compared to most of our competitors.

    Even for projects on campus in the last 30 years like the Lambright Center expansion or Centennial Plaza we ask so little of our students that we have to "value engineer" a project down to get it completed because we didn't want to ask enough of our students to begin with.

    Yet, to the credit of our alumni base a proposed student fee hasn't been turned down at Tech in at least 40 years. The only project I've been able to find since the 70s that got less than 60% support of our students was the Centennial Plaza project which came up for a vote in 1992.
    You are correct in that our students pay almost nothing, if any, in student ATHLETIC fees. I was referring to the FACILITY ENHANCEMENT FEE the students voted upon themselves 4-5yrs ago of which about $650,000 annually is directed to paying off the bonds sold to allow construction of the end zone facility. I wonder if they would vote to add any more.

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    Re: Where should LaTech rebuild baseball stadium

    Quote Originally Posted by techman05 View Post
    Dream scenario:

    10 feet of depth added to all fields. Raise the right field fence to the same height as left field. Extend grand stand at least to the outside edge of the dugouts. Extend seating back 2-3 rows at least all the way round. Build an enclose or at least covered bullpen down left field with permanent but open seating over it. (If not now, they should start fundraising now with intentions to do this in 8-10 years at most)

    If that can be accomplished in current location, do it. If not, move to green space across the tracks.
    ....and hire a coach that can lead us to a regional to host in our new & improved stadium

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    Re: Where should LaTech rebuild baseball stadium

    With insurance $2.3 another $7 to $8 from FEMA, we can bond out $10 million and build something really really nice...

    Over 20 years that’s not a heavy debt service....

    Hell bond out $20 million and due softball, tennis, soccer and track RIGHT also...

    This isn’t rocket science
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    Re: Where should LaTech rebuild baseball stadium

    A story on the new baseball field they are building at Marshall. Hope the link works. https://ballparkdigest.com/2019/02/2...ject-unveiled/

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    Re: Where should LaTech rebuild baseball stadium

    Quote Originally Posted by Dwayne From Minden View Post
    With insurance $2.3 another $7 to $8 from FEMA, we can bond out $10 million and build something really really nice...

    Over 20 years that’s not a heavy debt service....

    Hell bond out $20 million and due softball, tennis, soccer and track RIGHT also...

    This isn’t rocket science
    I think funding the athletics academic center has been a thing lately. I guess I get the need for that, but not so much. To me, especially since the tornado changed our reality, we really need to complete/upgrade our fundamental athletics infrastructure. All of our sports deserve a quality field of play and the supporting facilities.

    Baseball & softball need to be able to host NCAA regional & super-regional tournaments. Track & field and soccer each need a track/field of play with decent drainage, seating & locker room facilities. (Frankly, our track field is embarrassing and soccer isn't much better). I don't know enough about tennis' situation so will say they also deserve quality facilities.

    I really hope our administration will come up with a bold initiative and give us a chance to step up and support it. This terrible tornado could be the trigger to a renaissance.

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    Re: Where should LaTech rebuild baseball stadium

    Tech needs a baseball stadium comparable to Pete Taylor Park in Hattiesburg and Reckling Park in Houston. Neither of those layouts would come close to fitting on the existing site.

    Even if something close to those two parks could be shoe-horned into the current location, any future expansion would simply not be feasible.

    Tech leadership needs to think to the future because this opportunity will not come around again.

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    Re: Where should LaTech rebuild baseball stadium

    "If it don't fit, don't force it. Just relax and let it go." - Kellee Patterson, 1977

    While I like the atmosphere of the Love Shack, we're landlocked there. Take the opportunity to relocate it where we have land to expand it and make it a premier college ball park.

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    Re: Where should LaTech rebuild baseball stadium

    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckK3 View Post
    "If it don't fit, don't force it. Just relax and let it go." - Kellee Patterson, 1977

    While I like the atmosphere of the Love Shack, we're landlocked there. Take the opportunity to relocate it where we have land to expand it and make it a premier college ball park.

    Yes Yes Yes Yes

    This is exactly what we need to do. Even if we can't play home games next year... GET IT DONE! We have a great softball coach who is getting it done. There is no better opportunity than right now to completely have something new for baseball and softball... NO EXCUSES!!
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