MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Starting in the late summer, each one of the three West Campus athletic facilities underwent major renovations at Georgia College & State University. Thanks to hard work by all involved, each of the West Campus renovation projects have recently been completed, greatly enhancing the experience of student-athletes and Bobcat fans.
Both soccer's Bobcat Field and softball's Peeler Complex added grandstands with chair-back seating, while baseball's John Kurtz Field completed some work on the infield area, leveling it off and adding an artificial-surface halo behind home plate.
Soccer's Bobcat Field now has two grandstand-style seating areas, complete with individual seats for a better fan experience. Seating for 192, the stands also feature a cover to help against varying weather, shielding fans from both rain and the often-oppressive Georgia sun.
"Now we probably have the best field in the Peach Belt Conference," soccer head coach Juan Pablo Favero said in a recent interview with the Colonnade, GCSU's student newspaper. "We hope the seats make fans comfortable, so they can make things uncomfortable for our opponents. We all benefit from new seating. The fans have a better experience, and if more fans come out, then we have better fan support."
The Peeler Complex had a similar addition, adding 186 chair-back seats as part of a grandstand-style seating experience. The Bobcat softball team has made four straight trips to the NCAA Tournament, and now Georgia College fans can be more comfortable cheering on one of the top programs in Division II.
"We're excited that this project has been completed," said GCSU head softball coach Ginger Chaffinch. "The addition of these stands really completes the look of our stadium, and we hope our fans like it."
The renovations at John Kurtz Field will more directly affect the student-athletes, as the leveling of the infield combined with new sod will help the surface take infield hops a bit truer and drain better. Add in the aesthetic halo behind home plate featuring the GCSU monogram logo and the infield at Kurtz field is sure to leave a lasting impression on potential recruits, fans and current Bobcats.
"The infield renovation is another improvement we have made here at GCSU to have one of the best baseball facilities in the Southeast Region," said head baseball coach Tom Carty. "Kurtz Field was long overdue for a face lift. Our improved drainage, level playing field and astro-turf foul area will allow for less maintenance time for our staff and players as well as provide an eye pleasing view for our fans."
Bobcat athletics would like to thank everyone involved in the success of these projects. It took involvement from many different areas of campus and the community, and couldn't have been done without the assistance of those involved.
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