Nov. 1, 2013
HOUSTON – University of Houston Athletics officially announces that an artificial playing surface is scheduled for installation at Cougar Field, home for Houston Baseball. The project was made possible through generous donations from members of the Dugout Club and Coaches Committee, Houston Baseball’s fundraising programs.
"We are extremely appreciative of our Dugout Club and Coaches Committee members for providing us an opportunity to enhance Cougar Field,” Houston Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Mack Rhoades said. "We cannot thank them enough for making the artificial turf project a reality as well as applaud head coach Todd Whitting and the coaching staff, along with University administration for making this project possible."
"As we work to recruit the top student-athletes to join our program, it is exciting to enhance Cougar Field to compete on a national level. Our coaches and our student-athletes in all our sports programs deserve the very best facilities, and we are pleased to continue this mission for our baseball program."
In over three years, the Houston Baseball program has received commitments for over $2.2 million, which has allowed updates to the field, clubhouse and facility. The monies raised have directly impacted the student-athletes who represent the University of Houston on the field and in the classroom.
"I am very appreciative of the collaborative efforts by both the Athletics and University administrations to move this project forward,” head coach Todd Whitting said. “The installation of artificial turf at Cougar Field will immediately elevate our facility on a national level.”
With the contributions by many, Houston Baseball will join those elite programs such as Louisville, Vanderbilt, Texas, Wichita State and Oregon across the nation who have taken the next step in developing the importance and likeability of an artificial turf playing surface in collegiate baseball.
“This project is a major part of our master plan to compete at the highest level of NCAA baseball,” said Whitting. “We have phenomenal support from our fans, donors and former players and I am excited for them to visit the ballpark this spring season. This upgrade to our facility is one that all Cougars can take pride in for many years to come."
For updates and information on the field renovation as we move forward, continue to visit UHCougars.com.
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