FORT MYERS, Fla. – Beginning in December 2010, the FGCU Softball Complex began a complete renovation including improved seating and now just two weeks before the Eagles host their first home tournament, the stadium is complete.
“Our student-athletes couldn’t have received a better Christmas present than our stadium renovation. I believe our stadium is now one of the best in the Atlantic Sun Conference, if not in the country,” said head coach David Deiros. “We have really made our facility significantly more fan-friendly by improving sight lines, expanding the number of seats, accommodating press and game-day staff, and, most importantly, providing superior protection from the sun and elements. Moreover, the seating and flooring in our dugouts have been improved to provide our players with a safer and more comfortable environment.”
The complex now seats 361 fans compared to 250, has ADA seating and two additional ADA parking spaces. There is an enclosed press box with internet and A-Sun broadcast capabilities as well as a permanent steel roof for shade and to help alleviate the impact of inclement weather on the fans.
The structure was built by Maddox Construction Company and has been designed for future expansion. The continued support from the Eagles Club helped in the funding of this project.
The Blue and Green debut their new complex at the Homewood Suites/Hilton Garden Inn FGCU Tournament. BIG EAST opponents Georgetown and Villanova, as well as Big Ten member Michigan State, the Atlantic 10’s Saint Louis and SEC foe South Carolina travel south to take part in the tournament from Feb. 18-20. FGCU also plays host to the Moe’s Blue and Green Tournament from February 25-27 and Stevens Industries FGCU Tournament from March 4-6.
The 2011 squad features a class of eight newcomers and welcomes back 12 players from a squad that finished 12-8 in the conference for third place and posted a 24-28 overall record. Preseason All-Conference selection senior Courtney Platt (Naples, Fla./Gulf Coast) and sophomores Mariah Fernandez (Cape Coral, Fla./North Fort Myers) and Tiffani Upchurch (Lake Wales, Fla./Lake Wales) who were named to the 2010 All-Freshmen Team, are among FGCU’s top returners.
FGCU opens its season away from the FGCU Softball Complex on February 11 in the USF Best Western Tournament against N.C. State at 11:15 a.m.