Board mulling over new Tiger baseball complex

Architectural plans provide two options

The RISD school board looked at two plans to replace or upgrade the current Tiger baseball field. One included moving the field closer to Murray St. and the other involved refurbishing the existing field with new amenities. The RISD school board looked at two plans to replace or upgrade the current Tiger baseball field. One included moving the field closer to Murray St. and the other involved refurbishing the existing field with new amenities. The RISD school board met Thursday to discuss the possibility of either building a new baseball complex or simply renovating the current Tiger Field.

Claycomb Architects project manager Bo Ledoux presented the school board with a couple of options—one that would involve building a new field closer to Murray St. and placing home plate opposite of where it is positioned now and on the west side.

To carry out that plan would cost $950,000.

The alternative plan, which the board favored, was to refurbish the existing field at a cost of $492,000, which would come from the original bond money.

That would include raising the outfield fence, upgrading the dugouts with added storage space, construct new bathrooms, concession stand and press box.

"We need to be prepared for growth," RISD superintendent Dr. Howell Wright said. "If the growth projections are what they say they will be for central Texas, we have to be ready."

In these economic times, the board was hesitant to spend the top dollar amount, but conceded that the 50-year old baseball field needed upgrading.

They unanimously authorized the hiring of a construction manager and the project is expected to be completed by January.

The meeting was attended by RISD Athletic Director Jeff Miller and baseball coach Jarad Richards.

"The baseball field is our No. 1 priority," Miller said. "And we are also looking at replacing our old field house."


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