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New baseball stadium part of major construction at Liberty University

The facility cost more than $9-million to build and has more permanent seats than the baseball stadiums at the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech.

March 04, 2013|Tim Saunders | Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief

LYNCHBURG, Va. — Athletes at Liberty University have a new place to play ball.

The school is finishing work on a new baseball stadium.  It cost more than $9-million to build and, with more than 2,500 seatbacks, it has more permanent seating than the baseball stadiums at the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Liberty officials hope the facility's size will allow it to host major statewide and national competitions.

"This facility is one of the best in the country and it's just going to attract bigger and brighter student athletes," said Jim Toman, Liberty University's head baseball coach.  "It's going to help immensely in our recruiting and it's just going to be an awesome place for fans to come see a ball game."

Construction is still underway on a section of the stadium that will house private suites and a press box.  The finished facility will also have batting cages and a lounge for players.

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The stadium is the latest effort by Liberty to position itself as a major player in the world of collegiate sports.  Two years ago the school dedicated an expanded football stadium and plans are in the works to add additional seating to the Vines Center athletic arena.

Other projects underway on the Liberty campus include the construction of several eight-story residential towers, which will replace smaller dormitories that were built 30 years ago.

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