The University of New Orleans is upgrading Maestri Field at Privateer Park, with the improvements expected to be ready for the 2014 season.
Ballpark upgrades include a new grandstand with chairback seating for nearly 800 and a new press box. The press box includes an area for game-day operations, two radio booths and a private suite with bathroom and wet bar, as well as an elevator to the press box.
The new renovations will be funded by private donations, including gifts from various individual and corporate donors and a bequest from Wick Carey, an avid baseball fan who regularly attended games and kept score from his seat.The Privateers’ home field opened in 1979 and was renamed in 2002 for Ron Maestri, who coached the UNO Privateers baseball team from 1970 to 1984 and served as the University’s athletic director for 21 years, from 1979 until he retired in 2000. Under Maestri’s leadership, the UNO Privateers never had a losing season and qualified for nine NCAA regionals. Maestri’s prowess as a leader and coach led the Sun Belt Conference to name a Coach of the Year award after him.
Maestri Field was also the home of the New Orleans Zephyrs (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League) from 1993 to 1996 prior to Zephyr Field opening in 1997.
The first game to be held at Maestri Field will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 against LSU and will be coached by former Privateer Paul Maineri. The 2014 home schedule will include 15 Southland Conference home games, as well as two games against Tulane.
Rendering courtesy of the University of New Orleans.
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