Ground was broken in the spring of 2010, the foundation started to be laid in July and in April of 2011 the New Coastal Carolina baseball/softball hitting and practice facility was opened.
The $1.2 million facility, built beyond the centerfield wall of Watson Stadium, has space for a full, artificial turf practice infield (17,424 square feet) with as many as 12 hitting cages featuring a mechanical netting system that can be raised and lowered accordingly from the ceiling. The covered facility will allow both teams to practice in cases of inclement weather, or just as an alternate area to give the teams more area for individual instruction.
This is the first of several planned upgrades to both the baseball and softball programs over the next several years, putting those facilities among the best in the nation.
"This hitting facility is among the very best in the entire nation," said head baseball coach Gary Gilmore. "The flexibility to have multiple things going on at once and the versatility of the building will allow us to get a lot accomplished on rare bad weather days. This facility will be a huge recruiting coup for us."