The DLR Group landed the design contract for the new University of Minnesota replacement for Siebert Field, with PCL Construction Services inked to build it.
The first phase of construction, slated to open in 2013, will include a new grandstand (with concessions and restrooms), new seating and a new plaza to the south uniting the ballpark with the rest of campus. The second phase of construction, which will require a separate fundraising round, will include a new clubhouse and workout facilities.
“Being able to announce this next step in the Siebert Field process is a great day for Gopher baseball,” said head baseball coach John Anderson. “With this announcement, Gopher baseball will be able to begin building our vision of a new on-campus stadium. Although we have not completed the fundraising process for a competitive Big Ten baseball facility, we are excited about this next step towards a new home. Working hand-in-hand with PCL/DLR, we are looking forward to putting a solid stadium foundation in place that can be further developed as funds become available. We will continue to seek donations so that we can incorporate those items that truly fulfill the fan and student-athlete experience.”
DLR architects have overseen construction of college facilities like LSU’s Alex Box Stadium, the University of Oregon PK Park, the University of Nebraska’s Hawks Field at Haymarket Park and Penn State’s Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
The Golden Gophers have played most of their games at the Metrodome in recent years due to the decrepit nature of the current Siebert Field. In fact, the Gophers aren’t set to play at all at Siebert in 2012: the team will play all its home games at the Metrodome save a single match at Target Field.
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