Artist’s rendition of new Siebert Field
MINNEAPOLIS - The first phase of construction for a new University of Minnesota baseball stadium was approved Friday by the university's regents.
A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Monday, June 11, at Siebert Field with construction of the new 1,400-seat ballpark beginning June 18.
"It's obviously a very exciting time for the Golden Gopher baseball program," head coach John Anderson said. "It's something we've been putting together for many years and it's time to plan for the future."
The new ballpark will replace the 41-year-old Siebert Field.
The new facility, being built by Burnsville-based PCL Construction, is estimated to be completed by December.
The new field will be a completely synthetic turf, with the exception of home plate and batters circle area, as well as the pitcher's mound.
Due to the stadium's physical decline in recent years, the Gophers played a majority of their games at the Metrodome. In 2011, the Gophers hosted home games at Target Field. The Gophers final game at Siebert Field, a 9-2 win over St. Thomas, was played on May 1.
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