SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – It’s finally time to play ball!
After more than a decade of dreaming, the University of Scranton baseball team has a brand new field to call its own.
The University of Scranton invested $14 million into a new facility for its athletics programs.
What once was known as the “South Side Sports Complex” on Broadway Street has been transformed into the “Quinn Athletics Campus” in honor of Kevin Quinn, the university’s 25th president.
Student-athletes say the transformation has been amazing.
“It’s a blessing man. It’s been a long time coming. Since freshman year we’ve always been hearing about it and look at it, beautiful!” third baseman Michael Ratner said.
After months of construction, a $14 million expansion project at the old south side sports complex is nearly complete.
Besides the baseball field, there is also a new softball field.
A multi-purpose field for soccer, lacrosse and field hockey is in the works too.
“This is a game changer not only for our student athletes and for our university but for the entire Scranton community,” University of Scranton Director of Athletics Dave Martin said.
For the baseball team, up until now, players have had to practice and play home games at Connell Park in the city.
“We’ve been bouncing around everywhere, playing home games at away fields. It’s nice to actually have a place that’s our own, that we can come here, practice on and play the games where we practice!” sophomore Brandon Peters said.
Surprisingly, many players say they did not watch the construction process so they could be impressed by the finished product.
“We’re going to take pride in it. As you see here were definitely going to pass it down to the younger guys. This is ours now!” Ratner said.
A formal dedication of the new athletics campus is scheduled for early May.