COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Construction is now in full swing at the University of Maryland's new $3.6 million softball complex after ground was broken in late July. The facility, slated for completion by the start of the 2002 season, will be the latest improvement to a Maryland athletics program that already ranks among of Sports Illustrated For Women's Top 10 institutions in the nation for female athletes.
"We are committed to providing the best possible resources for all of our athletics programs," stated Deborah A. Yow, Director of Athletics, "and the new softball complex will be one of the finest in the country."
Amenities at the state-of-the-art facility will include stadium seating for over 1,000 fans, underground dugouts with restrooms, two bullpen areas and four batting cages, light towers, an electronic scoreboard, a concessions area, a ticket booth, a press box and a natural Bermuda Grass outfield. Located adjacent to Maryland's future Comcast Center on the north side of campus, student-athletes will have access to locker room and weight training facilities, an indoor practice gymnasium, athletic department offices and the academic support and career development unit. Parents, fans and media will have ample parking.
"The new complex will help us stay competitive in both the conference and the nation," said Maryland head softball coach Gina LaMandre. "This will be one of the best facilities in the country. It is an exciting time to be a part of the Maryland softball program."
Since the softball program's inception in 1995, seven-year mentor LaMandre has guided the Terps to a 219-176-1 record. The three-time NFCA Mid-Atlantic coach of the year put her program on the national map first in 1997 with a share of the ACC tournament title, and even more so in 1999 when the team amassed a 51-23 record, a No. 12 national ranking and advancement to the NCAA regional final game. The 2001 Terrapins posted a 39-23 record, and with a new facility on the way, LaMandre is looking forward to the continued success of Maryland softball.
The Terrapins played home games at the North Campus Softball Complex on Paint Branch Road from 1995-2001. The new facility is under construction at the same location.
Periodic photo updates will be available via umterps.com, the official website of Maryland athletics.
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