For full functionality of this page, it is necessary to enable JavaScript. Here are the instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your web browser

       

Next phase for Eck Stadium begins with private support

These renderings from Schaefer Johnson Cox Frey Architecture show the interior layout of the proposed 10,000-square-foot Baseball Performance Facility, as well as a sneak peek to the actual design inside and out.
This rendering from Schaefer Johnson Cox Frey Architecture gives a sneak peek to the actual design inside and out.

One of the most recognized on-campus playing facilities in all of college baseball — Wichita State’s Eck Stadium Sports Facility — will soon enter its fifth and final phase of development. To construct a 10,000-square-foot Baseball Performance Facility, the WSU Foundation and WSU Athletics will be fundraising for $2 million.

“This phase has been on the books for several years,” said Todd Butler, WSU head baseball coach, “but now is the time to bring it to fruition. This year’s players are very excited and there’s a strong commitment from them and my fellow coaches to have a successful season to reinforce the decisions of our donors who initially invested in our program and continue to support us.”

The total project is $3 million, said Eric Sexton, WSU athletic director, but there is $1 million remaining from the last fundraising effort, which results in the current total of $2 million.

The facility will feature a clubhouse area, remodeled ticket office, staff offices, players’ locker room and lounge, and training rooms with hot and cold whirlpools, as well as a state-of-the-art strength and cardio center. The enlarged recessed dugout, accessible from the center, will have increased safety measures with railing protections. The clubhouse and stadium will be connected by a fan plaza that could host meet-the-players and alumni events. All areas within the facility provide donors with naming opportunities.

“The design of this indoor facility is one of the best,” said Darron Boatright, senior associate athletic director/external operations. “No program in the country will have a facility like this. It will take us to a national level.”

The Shocker softball program will mutually benefit from the fitness center with full access to all other areas of the performance facility as is the current practice with the Bombardier Learjet Indoor Practice Facility.

“This new performance facility will enhance our ability to recruit and develop the highest caliber student-athletes,” said Butler. “Everything will be right here for our athletes.”

 
These renderings from Schaefer Johnson Cox Frey Architecture show the interior layout of the proposed 10,000-square-foot Baseball Performance Facility, as well as a sneak peek to the actual design inside and out.
Interior layout of the proposed 10,000-square-foot Baseball Performance Facility by Schaefer Johnson Cox Frey Architecture.
 

circle arrow To bring the Eck Stadium Sports Facility to a national level, please contact Alex Johnson, director of development for WSU athletics, at 316- 978-7493 or ajohnson@goshockers.com.