Positioned off Crusader Drive, behind the batting cages and the centerfield wall of the baseball field, the university’s newly constructed baseball clubhouse opened the first week in May, the last week of the season for the UD baseball team. This milestone marked the end of a years-long endeavor supported by the university’s Baseball Booster Club to upgrade the team’s existing locker room and practice facilities.
For the Crusaders’ final home series against Schreiner University, in fact, players were able to utilize the clubhouse locker room, even while construction continued on the players’ lounge, two coaches’ offices and an additional storage closet.
“We’re one of the first teams in the league to have a facility like this, so it’s a huge recruiting tool,” said Head Coach Joe Myers, who established the university’s Baseball Booster Club after his promotion to head coach four years ago.
In its first year, the booster club helped raise funds to upgrade the team’s batting cages with a roof and outdoor lighting. The following year, members of the booster club approached Myers about their next endeavour. “Every team needs to have a clubhouse year-round,” said Myers.
Alumni, parents, coaches and the team’s current players contributed toward the club’s fundraising efforts, helping to raise roughly $90,000. (According to Myers, the last finishing touches, including interior and exterior signage, may increase the project’s anticipated cost to $100,000.)
“The boys did a lot of work to help with the fundraising and even with some of the installation, so they’ve got some real sweat equity in the building,” said Mark Peterson Sr., president of the booster club, whose son (Mark Peterson Jr., BA ’19) currently plays infield for the Crusaders.
The booster club plans to take a brief hiatus following the clubhouse opening, the club president explained; upcoming booster campaigns include renovating the stadium’s seating, improving the team’s statistical analysis software to enhance their on-field performance, installing additional outdoor lighting and improving the dugouts.
“If someone said, ‘Here’s a chunk of money,’” said Myers, “we’d get some lights.”
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Positioned off Crusader Drive, behind the batting cages and the centerfield wall of the baseball field, the university's newly constructed baseball clubhouse opened the first week in May, the last week of the season for the UD baseball team. This milestone marked the end of a years-long endeavor supported by the university's Baseball Booster Club to upgrade the team's existing locker room and practice facilities.+ Read More
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