UT Arlington softball and baseball
players will have clubhouses, training facilities and press boxes worthy of a
world-class, collegiate program by January 2015 as a result of a $5.5 million softball/baseball
complex expansion and renovation plan.
A $5.5 million softball/baseball expansion and renovation will allow UTA to compete at the highest levels.
The project will add a softball
field house to Allan Saxe Field, home of the UT Arlington softball team, and a field
house to Clay Gould Ballpark, home of the baseball team. The work also will include
field improvements and upgrades to the sound systems and bleachers at the complex,
off Fielder Road and West Park Row in Arlington.
“Our softball and baseball
programs have a rich tradition of success, and our student-athletes have a
strong track record,” President Vistasp M. Karbhari said. “This investment will provide our teams the
support they need to train and compete at the highest levels. It is a signal to
the brightest talent that they belong at UT Arlington.”
Jim Baker, director of
intercollegiate athletics, said the University’s support has been critical in
continuing to develop UT Arlington softball and baseball.
“This is a pivotal year for UT
Arlington athletics as we move to the Sun Belt Conference and compete with a
new cohort of like-minded universities,” Baker said. “World-class facilities
allow our student-athletes to be their best, both on and off the fields.”
Darin Thomas, head baseball
coach since 2008, said facilities are a top consideration for the best
recruits, who need space to study, prep for games, eat a meal and gather
together as a team.
“This project will elevate our
program and help us build upon our history of developing winning teams and
producing outstanding athletes,” Thomas said.
Kristie Fox, softball coach since June
2012, said the project will give her staff the leverage it needs to persuade top student-athletes to commit to UT Arlington.
“We are so
grateful to everyone who has been an advocate and supported the renovations,”
Ballpark was built in 1974 and underwent a limited renovation in 2003. Allan
Saxe Field, home to UT Arlington softball, was renovated in 1993. New, indoor
baseball and softball practice facilities opened early this year.
the fields do not have on-site locker rooms or training facilities, players
currently share space at Maverick Stadium with track-and-field students,
driving between the stadium and fields to change, shower or be treated for
Construction is expected to
begin following the Spring 2014 season and be completed by early 2015. The work
will be funded primarily from previously approved bond proceeds, but also will
include philanthropic support. Among those supporters is alumnus Roy D. Wilson,
(BBA, ’79) an operations engineer at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Fort Worth,
and his wife Patti.
A longtime Maverick baseball
supporter, Wilson’s son was an accomplished youth baseball player and frequent
participant in UT Arlington baseball summer camps before he died in 2010 at age
Wilson leveraged his company’s
matching gift program to strengthen the impact of his personal contributions to
UT Arlington baseball. The University will recognize his contributions by
naming the men’s indoor practice facility the Justin D. Wilson Batting Facility
in honor of his son.
“Our players should have the
best facilities, comparable to those you see at other major schools,” Wilson
said. “I’ve always wanted to do whatever possible to help make sure that the
top recruits in our region choose UT Arlington over any other opportunity. My
goal is to help enable our student-athletes to advance to the College World
Series every year.”
About UT Arlington Athletics
Arlington sponsors 14 Division I intercollegiate sports – baseball, men's and
women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's golf, softball,
men's and women's tennis, men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and field,
and women's volleyball. UT Arlington moved to the Sun Belt Conference this
To make a
philanthropic gift in support of UT Arlington Athletics, please contact Craig
Shaver, senior athletic director for development, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 817-272-9608.
About The University of Texas at Arlington
University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of
more than 33,300 students and more than 2,200 faculty members in the heart of
North Texas. It is the second largest institution in The University of Texas
System. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.