In what is expected to be one of the top highlights for the 2003-04 academic year, Montclair State University will hold the official "Grand Opening" of its new softball stadium on Tuesday, April 20 just prior to the start of the Red Hawks conference doubleheader against Kean University. The ceremony will take place at approximately 3:20 pm.
The pre-game ceremony will feature remarks from MSU President Dr. Susan Cole and will conclude with the ceremonial first pitch from Carmen Berra, wife of Baseball Hall of Famer and New York Yankee legend Yogi Berra.
The new state-of-the-art facility is the first of its kind in the State of New Jersey and one of handful softball-only stadiums in the nation. The facility holds approximately 265 seats made up of bleacher type and stadium molded seats and also contains a press box, locker rooms, restrooms, storage and concession area. A new scoreboard is displayed in left-center field and the stadium also has lights and an artificial surface (Field Turf) that looks, feels and plays like grass.
Construction on the stadium began shortly after the Red Hawks' final game on May 11, 2003 with the field component completed by late September.
"We are very excited about the new stadium," says head coach Anita Kubicka. "Having a first-class facility like this will have an impact on our program not only on the playing field, but it will also allow spectators to enjoy a game in a state-of-the-art venue."
Montclair State played its first game in its new home on March 27 against Ramapo College. The Red Hawks fell in the first game of the doubleheader, 3-1, but rebounded for a 3-0 victory in the second game. Junior All-American third baseman Kari McDonnell belted the first home run a solo round-tripper.
The Quarry has been home of Montclair State softball since the 1970's. In 1997, the Red Hawks moved to the all-purpose grass area when construction of Yogi Berra Stadium began. MSU fashioned a 114-25 record (.820) in seven seasons at the "new" Quarry Field, including a 21-4 mark in 2003, capping each of the last four campaigns with an ECAC Division III South championship title.
For more information and pictures go to: www.montclair.edu/pages/athletics/sports/softball/softstadium.html
To see renditions of the stadium go to: Women's Softball Stadium