October 17, 2013 : By
Construction workers began tearing down the former baseball operations center at Liberty University on Monday, the final project in the demolition of Worthington Stadium, the former home of Flames Baseball.
As part of the university’s $500 million campus rebuilding project, the old site will be replaced with a new softball stadium and adjacent 1,472-space parking garage, according to Charles Spence, director of Planning & Construction.
“The demolition included the old field, dugouts, lighting, scoreboard, and now has culminated in the demolition of the old baseball operations center,” Spence said. “It’s the last thing to go in that area before we start reconstructing the new state-of-the-art softball stadium.”
The stadium is targeted to open next spring and will be built similar in style to the new baseball stadium.
“It will be very much like our new baseball stadium, as much as NCAA regulations will allow,” Spence said, noting the only major difference will be a dirt infield diamond. “It’s going to be fantastic. … It will have an artificial surface, a very nice expanded field with a new scoreboard, and new individual seating.”