BEMIDJI, Minn. – The transformation of the Bemidji State University Softball Field continues today, as workers begin a project to replace the chain link backstop with a brick structure and netting.
In the summer of 2011, the BSU Softball Field traded metal benches for two permanent dugouts to drastically change the look to the on-campus facility. The addition also provided an enclosed storage unit and press box. The same brick style on the dugouts will now be used to create a 3-foot high backstop, connecting the home and visitor dugouts. After placing four 20-foot poles into the ground, netting will be used to complete the new backstop project.
“This is the next step in moving the program to where we want it to be,” said head softball coach Rick Supinski. “Having a facility that rivals our competitors in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference is important for the future. The upgrades to the field will help with recruiting and show the alumni where this program is headed.”
A windscreen was installed on the outfield earlier this summer, which includes branding the field with the BSU athletics logo and “Bemidji State Softball” spanning from left center to right center.
In 2008, a permanent scoreboard was installed in center field.
The project begins Monday by bringing down the chain link fence. Once the area is clear, the netting poles will be placed into the ground before building the brick wall. The backstop project is planned to be completed September 1, before the Beavers begin fall practice.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).