DE PERE – St. Norbert College will remodel its baseball and softball complex, with work on the $2 million project starting next month.
The college was tired of canceling too many games at the Mel Nicks complex due to wet grounds, according to athletic director Tim Bald.
“The project is much needed. Last year, we won the right to host a softball championship game, but couldn’t have it because the field was too wet and we had to move it to Lawrence University,” he said.
The location of the two fields will be swapped, with the softball diamond moving closer to Lost Dauphin Road.
The new project includes the installation of a synthetic infield and better drainage in the outfield. In addition to the field upgrades, a concession stand and new restrooms will be installed below the press boxes. The dugouts will also be improved.
“We hope to have the project wrapped up so we can play our games here next year,” Bald says. “Everyone – especially the players – is excited about the changes and looking forward to playing our home games right here on campus rather than Joannes Stadium in Green Bay.”