The Texas Longhorns are considering a variety of renovations to UFCU Disch-Falk Field that would take place over the coming years.
UFCU Disch-Falk Field has undergone some major renovations since opening in 1975, but the program is discussing work to the field and player facilities. Such decisions, according to coach David Pierce, could help the team change its style of play while ensuring a competitive edge in recruiting among Big 12 schools.
One of the priorities is shortening the outfield fences, a project that is still in the discussion phases and is not expected to take place before the upcoming season. While that is one portion of the plan, the Longhorns will see some changes prior to the 2017 campaign, and may receive additional upgrades down the road. More from Hookem.com:
Pierce, who has been on the job for less than a month, may have applied a literal sense to the term “rebuilding project” because he has additional renovations in mind. Prior to the start of next season, brown turf will be installed around the bases and on the warning track because Pierce says the burnt orange turf, which is currently in place, is too much of a traditional orange. Additionally, the Longhorns logo positioned just beyond second base will be moved deeper to center field and made larger.
And that’s not it. If Pierce has his way, by this time a year from now there will be shovels in the ground along the right field line for construction of an indoor facility that would replace a modest setup of a couple of outdoor cages with nets. Pierce’s proposed facility would be climate controlled and would house batting cages and a pitching laboratory along with video equipment.
It sounds like the softball team also would use the amenities.
The emphasis on state-of-the-art indoor facilities is trending across renovations for college baseball facilities, so perhaps Pierce and the Longhorns see that as something that will be crucial to the program.