Work has begun on the brand new College of Maine softball facility.
The power is anticipated to be accomplished by March, in accordance with College of Maine director of athletics Ken Ralph. The brand new subject hockey and soccer fields received’t be prepared this fall, though Ralph expects them to be prepared for the 2023 campaigns.
The College of Maine acquired a $90 million reward from the Harold Alfond Basis for upgrades to their athletic amenities in October 2020.
The brand new softball subject may have a man-made floor, lights, a two-lane hitting pavilion, bleacher seating for 500 with greater than 200 chairback seats, new dugouts and a press field.
“After it’s finished, it would arguably be one of the best facility within the Northeast,” Ralph stated.
Ralph stated he would love to have the ability to work with the Maine Principals’ Affiliation and host regional and state championship video games there in addition to at their different amenities as soon as they’re accomplished.
He famous that if there was a playoff sport happening, the groups scheduled to play the subsequent sport would be capable of heat up on Mahaney Diamond’s synthetic turf floor which could be very near the softball subject.
The athletic director additionally stated it is going to be obtainable for highschool groups that wish to play common season video games on it.
“We wish to be good companions. It’s going to be a terrific facility and we wish to be certain that it will get used,” Ralph stated.
The softball facility is the primary to be up to date as a result of the timing labored out greatest to get contractors and subcontractors, Ralph stated.
For the reason that soccer and subject hockey seasons are within the fall, there wasn’t sufficient lead time to finish their tasks in time.
Development is anticipated to be began on the soccer subject through the season whereas the workforce continues to follow and play its video games on the baseball subject at Mahaney Diamond.
Work will start on the brand new subject hockey facility as quickly because the workforce’s season ends.
“We’re nonetheless gathering details about the sector hockey facility and we must make a slight design change to enhance the brand new soccer facility,” he stated.
Each sports activities facility on campus will ultimately be both changed by a brand new one or it would obtain a big improve.
That features a new on-campus basketball complicated, a domed facility and a locker room complicated for a number of sports activities.
Ralph stated provide chain points and having sufficient staff obtainable have sophisticated the method.
They’re at present weighing bids to improve the video boards in Alfond Enviornment.
That may embrace a board at middle ice, a ribbon board — lengthy, slim boards on the ends of the rink on which you’ll scroll data — and a high-definition board that shall be hung above the entryway to the sector.
“We’re seeking to set up these through the summer season of 2023,” he stated.