Siena's baseball field is set to receive $500,000 of major upgrades this summer which are made possible because of private donations. Construction is underway with a completion date set for mid-fall.
"Siena is fortunate to have friends willing to contribute to a project that will enhance the lives of our student athletes and that allows us to upgrade our field and campus," Siena College president Br. F. Edward Coughlin, OFM said.
Albany-based CHA Companies designed the project and Turner Construction is doing the work. Improvements include: a new seating system with stadium chair back and bleacher seating that will bring capacity to 370, a new press box with filming platform, new backstop (netting system), decorative entryway, outfield irrigation system to complement existing infield system, dugout repairs and safety netting, and enhanced storage space.
"We're obviously very thankful to those who made this possible," Siena head baseball coach Tony Rossi said. "These improvements will help us continue to improve our recruiting efforts, provide our student athletes with the opportunity to compete in a first class facility, and enhance the experience for our fans on gameday. We couldn't be more excited to see the project to take shape."
Siena Field has been home to the Saints' baseball team for the entirety of Rossi's 46-year tenure. Its location in the heart of Siena's picturesque campus already distinguishes it as one the more unique and scenic venues in the region.
"We couldn't be more excited to see the result of all these improvements next fall," junior pitcher Bryan Goossens said. "I think our facility has the potential to be one of the best in the Northeast, and a place where our fans can really enjoy the excitement of Division I baseball. This is a huge step toward making that happen. On behalf of my teammates, I want to extend our sincere gratitude to those who are making this possible."
Siena has captured five MAAC Championships in baseball, including the 2014 title. The Saints earned their first NCAA Tournament victory in the 2014 Fort Worth regional, knocking off nationally-ranked Dallas Baptist 9-8 in 10 innings. Siena has reached the MAAC Championship game each of the last three seasons and boasted the conference's Rookie of the Year in 2014 (Dan Swain) and 2015 (Joe Drpich).
"It's great to know that people have a passion for making the lives of our baseball student athletes better," director of athletics John D'Argenio said. "Being able to make these significant improvements with all private donations speaks to the commitment that people have to our students."