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Liberty Announces Plans for New Baseball Stadium
Liberty University earlier this month continued its march toward becoming a prominent collegiate athletics program by announcing the planned construction of a new baseball stadium next to its recently expanded Williams Stadium.
The construction of the new baseball stadium is the latest dramatic improvement to athletics facilities at Liberty in recent years.
The new baseball stadium, which will seat about 3,000 spectators, should be completed well before baseball season in spring 2013, Liberty Chancellor and President Jerry Falwell Jr. said.
Until then, Liberty's baseball program will continue playing at their current home, Worthington Stadium, which will be converted into a softball stadium once the new baseball stadium is completed.
Worthington Stadium has been home to Liberty's baseball program since 1979, where the Flames have posted a 68.6 winning percentage during its 30-plus year stint at the on-campus facility (524-238-5).
The Flames have posted a winning record in 29 of its 32 seasons inside Worthington Stadium. The facility was named in honor of the founder of the baseball program, Al Worthington (1974-86), a 2010 inductee into the Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame.
In recent years, Worthington Stadium has undergone several facility upgrades. In 2008, Liberty played its first home night baseball game in program history against Big South rival Coastal Carolina, while a new batter's eye and improved bullpens were constructed in 2009.
Midway through the 2011 season, Liberty changed the outfield landscape at Williams Stadium by installing a state-of-the-art scoreboard and video board. The fixture, which measures 51 feet long by 47 feet height, features the latest video technology, message center, radar gun and a five-foot high traditional-style clock.
Athletics facilities for Liberty's football, outdoor track, soccer and tennis programs have undergone significant improvements since 2007.
The addition of the new baseball stadium will enhance a developing athletics corridor at Liberty. Those athletics venues will serve as a buffer between Liberty's primary academic-residential campus and its administrative-business operations center, which will be housed in Green Hall (formerly called Campus North) on the north end of Liberty's main property inside the City of Lynchburg.
Earlier this year, Falwell announced plans for a $120 million upgrade to Liberty's academic and residential campus over the next several years.
For additional information, check out the Liberty University news release.