As the finishing touches are being put on new Husky Stadium, construction crews are breaking ground on the new Husky Ballpark. Plans for the renovation of the incredibly outdated stadium (if you could even call it that) had been in the works for more than a decade, but had not been put into action until recently.
The UW athletic department posted a video of the construction taking place Friday.
The renovations began in 2012, when the new clubhouse and administrative offices were built on the first base side of old Husky Ballpark. The team then played the 2013 season with the new facilities in the old ballpark before it was torn down this spring.
The alignment of the field will stay similar, if not the same, in the new ballpark. The Huskies dugout will stay on the first base side, with the bullpens in the same locations as well. It is being built around Chaffey Field, the namesake of the playing surface in the old ballpark.
The project is expected to cost $19 million – the stadium costing $15 million and the team building $4 million. The university expects the stadium to be ready for play by the start of the 2014 season.
The official website of the project says that the 2,200-seat ballpark will create “one of the most unique and memorable settings for collegiate baseball in America.”
Here are the rest of the designs released. You can head over to GoHuskies.com to see photos of the ballpark under construction.