New Mizzou softball stadium makes debut

3 years 6 months 2 weeks ago Saturday, March 04 2017 Mar 4, 2017 Saturday, March 04, 2017 4:06:00 AM CST March 04, 2017 in News
By: Ben Burke, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - The Missouri softball team switched stadiums for the first time since 1981 when the new Mizzou Stadium opened Friday.

The Tigers hosted Oregon and Stephen F. Austin as a part of the Mizzou Tournament.

Mizzou Stadium cost $17.5 million to build. The Mizzou Athletic Department broke ground on the site of the stadium March 1, 2016.

The stadium is located just East of the Hearnes Center right off of Stadium Boulevard, where Mizzou Athletics Associate Athletic Director for Communication Chad Moller said a 480-foot home run could land on the road.

New amenities the stadium has to offer include expanded seating, a VIP section, and an LED scoreboard.

The stadium bleachers can fit about 1,600 people, according to Moller. An additional thousand can fit on the berm just beyond the outfield fence.

Moller also said he sees the new stadium as more than just a facility upgrade.

"We look at it as a reward for our program to play in one of the nicest stadiums in the country," Moller said. "Certainly believe it's going to impact recruiting, it's going to help make this a more attractive program to play for."

Long time Missouri softball fan Blair "Murph" Murphy agrees.

"This facility will help coach attract some of the best talent in the country, and we're already a top program but this will definitely help."

Moller said a new stadium had been a long-time dream of head coach Ehren Earlywine, and that he had even pitched the new stadium to past recruits.

The Missouri softball team had called University Field home from 1981-2016.

Murphy, who had gotten a sneak peak at Mizzou Stadium before the first game started, said the new stadium is a major improvement.

"This program deserves it, the field over there wasn't the best," Murphy said. "It wasn't the worst either, I've seen worse. But it definitely needed some upgrading, and they got this opportunity, and this place is phenomenal."

According to Moller, the players are feeling the excitement of the new stadium as well.

"It was fun yesterday, the first swing by somebody, they'd be excited about 'Oh, that was my first swing here,' or the first ground ball, those kind of things," Moller said. "We'll be recording the first of everything going forward so we'll have fun doing that too."

In their first two games at the new stadium, the Tigers lost to Oregon 10-3 and beat Stephen F. Austin 14-6.

Missouri has four more games to play at Mizzou Stadium over the weekend.

 

More News

Grid
List
MU adds casing to protect Thomas Jefferson tombstone A clear casing was added to Thomas Jefferson's tombstone at... More >>
3 hours ago Monday, September 21 2020 Sep 21, 2020 Monday, September 21, 2020 4:42:00 AM CDT September 21, 2020 in Top Stories
HOWARD COUNTY - After four elections running unopposed for the Howard County coroner's position, Frank Flaspohler faces new opposition this... More >>
9 hours ago Sunday, September 20 2020 Sep 20, 2020 Sunday, September 20, 2020 11:07:00 PM CDT September 20, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — Heading into the 2020 season, the Battle Spartans had their share of concerns starting the season during the... More >>
12 hours ago Sunday, September 20 2020 Sep 20, 2020 Sunday, September 20, 2020 8:23:00 PM CDT September 20, 2020 in Sports
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Health officials say a Chiefs fan who tested positive for COVID-19 one day after attending... More >>
15 hours ago Sunday, September 20 2020 Sep 20, 2020 Sunday, September 20, 2020 4:44:24 PM CDT September 20, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - A clear casing was added to Thomas Jefferson's tombstone at MU Saturday night. The acrylic vitrine covering... More >>
16 hours ago Sunday, September 20 2020 Sep 20, 2020 Sunday, September 20, 2020 4:25:00 PM CDT September 20, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. Previous coverage: ... More >>
17 hours ago Sunday, September 20 2020 Sep 20, 2020 Sunday, September 20, 2020 3:11:00 PM CDT September 20, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Downtown Columbia nightclub Nash Vegas had its operating permit suspended Friday night due to several health violations, according... More >>
17 hours ago Sunday, September 20 2020 Sep 20, 2020 Sunday, September 20, 2020 3:06:00 PM CDT September 20, 2020 in News
LAKE OF THE OZARKS - The Missouri State Highway Patrol said divers found the body of 73-year-old Dennis Jaeger at... More >>
18 hours ago Sunday, September 20 2020 Sep 20, 2020 Sunday, September 20, 2020 2:04:00 PM CDT September 20, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Police are investigating a shooting incident that left four people injured. According to the Jefferson City... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, September 20 2020 Sep 20, 2020 Sunday, September 20, 2020 7:00:00 AM CDT September 20, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A driver has been taken to hospital after a single vehicle crash on Saturday night. The... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, September 20 2020 Sep 20, 2020 Sunday, September 20, 2020 5:40:00 AM CDT September 20, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA – While high school football has been happening so far this season in the wake of COVID-19, one part... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, September 19 2020 Sep 19, 2020 Saturday, September 19, 2020 6:47:00 PM CDT September 19, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA – Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg left lifelong impressions on two Columbia students. The students, a high... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, September 19 2020 Sep 19, 2020 Saturday, September 19, 2020 6:47:00 PM CDT September 19, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Monday night will likely be a long one for the Columbia City Council as it gets another... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, September 19 2020 Sep 19, 2020 Saturday, September 19, 2020 6:14:00 PM CDT September 19, 2020 in News
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a 19-year-old was fatally shot near the Missouri State University campus in Springfield. ... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, September 19 2020 Sep 19, 2020 Saturday, September 19, 2020 2:46:00 PM CDT September 19, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. Previous coverage: ... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, September 19 2020 Sep 19, 2020 Saturday, September 19, 2020 2:14:00 PM CDT September 19, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - No one was injured in an RV fire in southwest Columbia on Saturday. No injuries have been... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, September 19 2020 Sep 19, 2020 Saturday, September 19, 2020 12:48:00 PM CDT September 19, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A fire at a Jefferson City home displaced two people early Saturday morning. According to a... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, September 19 2020 Sep 19, 2020 Saturday, September 19, 2020 9:43:00 AM CDT September 19, 2020 in News
(CNN) -- President Donald Trump hailed Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a "brilliant mind" in a statement Friday... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, September 19 2020 Sep 19, 2020 Saturday, September 19, 2020 5:00:00 AM CDT September 19, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 53°
9am 59°
10am 65°
11am 69°
12pm 72°