Highlighted by a new synthetic turf infield, Rollins College is making a variety of changes to baseball’s Alfond Stadium at Harper-Shepard Field.
A series of facilities improvements have been taking shape at the ballpark in recent months. Along with the new synthetic turf infield, Alfond Stadium at Harper-Shepard Field is receiving extended protective netting, a junior-varsity locker room, covered batting cages, and more.
With the new synthetic turf infield, Rollins is installing a surface that it hopes will be more durable and easier to maintain than the previous clay and natural-grass surface. The facilities improvements as a whole will also amount to the biggest upgrades that the ballpark has received in years. More OrangeObserver.com:
The upgrades have folks such as Tars’ head coach Jon Sjogren chomping at the bit for next baseball season.
“As a baseball program, we are really excited about it,” Sjogren said. “The playing surface is going to be brand new, and it’s going to be field turf. We’re getting an upgrade in our bullpens and batting cages — it’s going to be real good for our kids and real good for our coaches.”
Alfond Stadium — located just one mile from the Rollins’ campus — has been a part of the Tars program dating back to 1933, when the college first bought the property from the city of Winter Park.
Although there have been upgrades throughout the facility’s 85-year history — including the renovation of the clubhouse in 1983 and lighting installed in 2012 — this newest collection of renovations is the biggest the stadium has seen in a while.
The upgrades are scheduled to be completed this fall, and Rollins is planning another round of renovations for next summer. That phase of improvements is expected to affect the ballpark and the clubhouse.