In the coming weeks, the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short Season A; Northwest League) will debut a new indoor training facility for use of the team and the general public.
Since December, construction has been taking place on a unique addition to Volcanoes Stadium. The Volcanoes are in the process of constructing a new indoor training facility, which features batting cages and pitching machines.
While the facility will provide a new amenity for the Volcanoes during the regular season, it will also be a usable space for the general public. Once it opens in March, the Volcanoes will make it available to rent for teams and individuals, providing training space for area baseball and softball players. More from The Statesman Journal:
“It’s fine for teams, but I think it’s probably more applicable to individuals,” Volcanoes co-owner Jerry Walker said.
The 5,200-square foot facility features heating and air conditioning for year-round use and will include four batting cages and pitching machines. For ambitious ballplayers, they can crank up the speed to Major League pitching velocity levels.
The FieldTurf playing surface also is conducive for baseball and softball players to work on their pitching and fielding skills. Bats, balls and protective gear will be provided.
Cost for public use is $25 for 30 minutes and $40 for one hour. Hours are 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and noon to 8 p.m. on weekends.
The Volcanoes will have exclusive access to the facility during homestands over the course of the regular season. However, rental times will be made available to the public during road trips. The indoor training facility will be located behind the right-field general admission bleacher seating at Volcanoes Stadium.