In a letter to fans, the Ragin’ Cajun Athletic Foundation confirmed that renovations will take place at M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field.
The University of Louisiana has been mulling renovations to the ballpark, which first opened in 1978 and has been upgraded sparingly over the years. Now, the university intends to pursue the project.
Few specifics were offered in the letter, but from the looks of it, the renovation is going to target both fan and player amenities. A recent post on the athletic department’s Facebook page showed that seats behind home plate were being removed, so it seems likely that it will be one upgrade that is in place for next season.
Perhaps the most interesting development to come from the letter was the higher renovation cost. While the university initially planned on a $10 million project, it decided to up the cost to $16 to include additional amenities. More from KATC.com:
On Friday, RCAF Chairman Robert Daigle sent a letter to Ragin’ Cajun Athletic Fund members stating that the initial cost budget and fundraising goal for the UL baseball stadium was $10 million, but has now gone up to about $16 million because of “enhanced design”. The letter went on to say that multiple options regarding the renovation were considered but they have decided to move forward, continue to raise money and renovate the stadium this year.
The statement comes after months of speculation due to no visible major reconstruction efforts being made at the Tigue following the 2016 baseball season.
According to the letter, the intention of the university is to meet with prospective donors and obtain additional funds as work on the renovation progresses. The design was handled by Abbell + Crozier + Davis Architects, in conjunction with DLR Group.
M.L. “Tigue” Moore field has received some upgrades in recent years, including the installation of a new field and an upgraded video display.