Immaculata University Holds Baseball Stadium Dedication
Immaculata University will hold a ceremony on Monday, April 18 at 3 p.m. to dedicate and bless its new baseball stadium. The president of Immaculata, Sister R. Patricia Fadden, IHM, Ed.D., invites the university´s friends and neighbors to the ceremony. As part of the festivities, the Philly Phanatic will make a special appearance, and refreshments will be served.
At 3:30 p.m., Immaculata´s men´s baseball team, the Mighty Macs, will play against the Eastern University Golden Eagles. Patrick Swift is the head coach for the Mighty Macs, assisted by Keith Curley and Andrew Ellis.
Construction for the new baseball stadium began in February 2010 and was completed on November 29, 2010. Its 688-seat grandstands, carved out of a hillside, overlook a beautiful Kentucky blue grass playing field. An automatic irrigation system, drainage system, and rain cover mats ensure optimal field conditions. The stadium has major-league style backstop nettings and extra-large recessed dugouts, which allow for a clean line of sight from any seat. A stately press box with a roof-top platform for video production bears the Immaculata University logo. Two spacious bullpens with pitcher´s mounds are just beyond the outfield fence.
In conjunction with the stadium, a paved fitness trail surrounds the stadium and links to a newly improved women´s softball field, as well as the recently constructed Mighty Macs training facility. A 220-space parking lot and bus depot lanes are planned as the next phase of the athletics master plan, followed by an additional restroom facility.
Kerry Jones, Immaculata´s director of capital program management, oversaw the construction; Matthew Luttrell, AIA, principal at AUM Architecture, served as the architect for the project; and the sports consultant was Joel Leider, vice president of Sports Plan Studio. Chester Valley Engineers played a significant role in the project through president and land development planner Robert Plucienik, PE, assisted by civil engineer Neal Camens, PE, and Harry Shreiner, director of construction management.
Immaculata University, a Catholic coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.
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