U of M hosts Siebert Field grand opening

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MINNEAPOLIS - The University of Minnesota held a grand opening event for the newly constructed Siebert Field on Tuesday.

The university broke ground on the renovations last June. The field was completed for the teams fall practice on Sept. 30.

"It's come together better than I thought," said Gophers baseball coach John Anderson. "When you work with the architects and you put it on paper, you're really not sure, but it's come together better than I ever dreamt it would."

Anderson says he believes the facility will give the team a chance to have success for decades to come.

"If you're going to have a team, you need a place to play," said former Gophers player Paul Molitor. "The Metrodome served its purpose to help this team, but I am really, really glad that the university's baseball team has a place to call their own."

The newly renovated field is thanks to a number of donors contributing $7.5 million to the new stadium.

The new field includes 1,420 seats, including 494 chair backs and 902 bench seats.

"As far as I am concerned, this can't do anything but do the utmost to promote it, I mean it's a great facility," said former Gophers pitcher and current Minnesota Twin, Cole De Vries.

The Gophers host Ohio State on Friday. It will be their first game on campus since 2009.

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