Facility Friday: Louisiana Tech Diamond Sports, Ferris State and More

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Louisiana Tech University is putting the finishing touches on new baseball and softball facilities after an April 2019 tornado destroyed older facilities. Construction on both projects began in March of 2020, and both fields are expected to be completed in time for the teams to make their home openers. The baseball team will make its debut on Feb. 26, while the softball program will play its first game at its new field on March 5. Both teams have already held practices in their new homes, which feature FieldTurf playing surfaces and other amenities. — LaTechSports.com

Ypsilanti Lincoln (Mich.) High School recently unveiled its $12 million, 118,000-square-foot Lincoln Athletic Building. The multipurpose facility will serve the school’s sports teams, but will also feature a 1,600-square-foot fitness room which community members may access for a monthly field. The building features an 80-yard field and 300-meter indoor track. — The Detroit News  

Middle Tennessee State University held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its upgraded softball field. The $500,000 upgrade saw old bleachers replaced with new bench back, chair back and ADA seating options, and upgraded the facility’s entryway. The stadium was upgraded in 2020 with padded outfield walls and an LED video board. — GoBlueRaiders.com

Ferris State University recently approved a $15.3 million upgrade to the school’s athletics facilities. Plans call for the renovation and expansion of the Ewigleben Sports Complex and the construction of the Center for Athletics Performance. The work will include the renovation of 7,200 square feet, and 16,000 square feet of new construction. The work will include a new home for the volleyball team, Bulldog Arena and a new entry and connector space. The Center for Athletics Performance will have strength and conditioning space, as well as nutrition-focused areas. Work is expected to be completed on the projects in 2022. — FerrisState.PrestoSports.com

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