First unveiled in 2014, the proposal calls for Mississippi State to execute a major renovation to Dudy Noble Field-Polk DeMent Stadium. The school has spent the last few years pulling working out some of the details for the proposal, and a recent vote by the board of trustees enables plans for a portion of the funding to move forward.
Last Thursday’s vote gave the university the authority to issue bonds for the project. Mississippi State now has the permission needed to borrow as much as $30 million for the project, with the remaining costs to be covered by private contributions. More from the AP (via the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal):
The total project is supposed to cost $55 million, including $25 million that’s supposed to be raised from donations.
The project calls for a complete rebuilding of the field, including a new grandstand, concession areas, restrooms and entry plazas, plus 50 private boxes. The university also plans a new video board, new locker rooms and coaching offices, and concrete pads for left-field tailgaters.
The cost of the project was originally estimated to be $40 million, but has since been expanded to $55 million. Mississippi State has already made some strides toward modernizing Dudy Noble Field. Prior to this season, the university installed a new videoboard at the facility, and the display has been said to be the largest in all of college baseball.