Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann announced one of her greatest accomplishments to date this week with a groundbreaking set for an indoor baseball and softball practice facility.
The $3.3 million facility named for legendary baseball coach Fred Hill Sr. breaks ground Oct. 24 in what will be a historic day for the athletic department. Football champions Ohio State come to High Point Solutions Stadium on the same day.
Not only does the day mark the first groundbreaking for an athletic facility at Rutgers since the football practice bubble in 1985.
“We are thrilled to be able to complete fundraising for this key building for baseball and softball,” Hermann said in a statement. “We are so indebted to our supporters who made this possible. This is the first time in a while at Rutgers that we have been able to build a key training complex for our athletic teams.”
The groundbreaking represents Hermann’s first facility set during her Rutgers tenure, and displays progress toward future facility upgrades.
The facility project comes from all privately-raised funds, and is set for a spot between Bainton Field and the RU Softball Complex. The 22,500-square foot facility comes with state-of-the-art pitching machines, numerous batting cages, bullpen mounds and a full turf infield. The construction timeline will be announced in the upcoming weeks.
“This facility is a game-changer,” head baseball coach Joe Litterio said. “It is going to make a difference for us in a number of ways. We can now tell recruits we have this – it is no longer just a drawing. That makes an impression. Our team can now put in the work in a building dedicated to baseball and softball at any time. I want to thank the donors and alumni who helped make this possible. This is a very important project for us.”