Some changes are in the works at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, as Arizona State University is planning to add a new batting cage.
The current plan calls for ASU to make the facility both a player and fan amenity. The batting cage will be constructed down the right field line, and will allow for indoor training. In addition, the structure will include a rooftop patio that will be open for fans on game days, while windows will also allow spectators to see inside the cage.
Over the last several years, more programs have incorporated similar features into their ballparks, as these types of upgrades can enhance training options while offering more seating choices to fans. In addition, ASU is looking into shortening Phoenix Municipal Stadium’s dimensions, according to head coach Tracy Smith. More from AZ Central:
ASU has considered changing the dimensions of Phoenix Municipal Stadium, formerly the Oakland A’s spring training home, since moving in for the 2015 season. Home-run distance currently is 345 feet down both lines and 410 to center.
Smith said fly balls were charted during fall practice leading to a decision to bring the fences in by 15 to 17 feet.
At Packard Stadium, where ASU played from 1974-2014, dimensions were 338 feet down the lines, 368 in the power alleys and 395 to center.
The project is slated to begin after this season. ASU has called Phoenix Municipal Stadium– which has a long history as a minor league and spring training facility–home since 2015. We visited Phoenix Municipal Stadium during ASU’s inaugural season at the ballpark.