THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2010
JU to build indoor hitting facility at John Sessions Stadium
Jacksonville University announced the latest in a series of important on-campus upgrades for its student-athletes with the initiation of its newest project, the C. Peter Cost Pavilion – a new state-of-the-art indoor hitting and pitching facility at John Sessions Stadium.
Construction of the project, which will be completed on Jan. 1, 2011, will add to the recent facility improvements for JU women’s track, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s lacrosse and football.
The 7,000 square-foot-project, now underway, is being built on the current site of the JU baseball outdoor batting cages and home bullpen down the left-field line. The Pavilion will be completely enclosed and feature eight hitting bays, two clay pitching mounds and two portable mounds (to incorporate the facility with the bullpen) as well as adjustable and movable netting to enable hosting of non-baseball functions (such as meetings and events). The entrance will showcase a welcome-walkway and pavilion area where commemorative bricks can be purchased and dedicated at the site.
“With this facility, we can now join the elite programs all over the country,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “This day and age, kids need to hit whenever they can. With the weather here in Florida, we lose a lot of time outside due to rain during the season. This facility gives us the ability to get some work in no matter what the conditions are.”
Former Dolphin Tim Cost (Class of ‘81) fully funded the project and is a member of the JU Board of Trustees. Cost made an immediate impact in his first start as a freshman from Syracuse, N.Y. as he hurled the only nine-inning no-hitter in program history over the University of Akron on March 25, 1978. He would go on to notch the 10th best winning percentage in program history (.688).
“Student-athletes – and team sports – can have a huge impact on the health and energy of a great university like JU,” Cost said. “My wife Stephanie and I are pleased to be able to provide some help to Terry and our terrific national baseball program, which has had a lasting effect on my own career over the past 30 years. Hopefully, this facility will enhance recruiting and training efforts to help make JU a regular participant in the NCAA Tournament, and on to Omaha.”
“Every AD should be fortunate to work with a Tim Cost,” said JU director of athletics Alan Verlander. “He and his wife, Stephanie, saw the vision of enhancing the baseball experience and have made this hitting and pitching facility a reality. It takes investments and vision from donors to help our goal of creating first class facilities for our programs and we are very grateful to continue that concept with this fine facility.”
The new CPC Pavilion is named in honor of C. Peter Cost (LeMoyne College, 1953), a long-time baseball player, coach, umpire and teacher.
Be sure to follow the progress of the construction at the site by logging onto JUDolphins.com.