Homerun Campaign For Greenwood Baseball Field
The Future is Bright
"Our belief is in the development of our student-athetes. UNC Asheville does an amazing job on the academic side preparing its students for the next step in life. A new stadium/ facility would allow us to develop our players for the next step in their athletic careers"
-Scott Friedholm, Head Baseball Coach
Homerun Campaign Update
The Future is Now!
UNC Asheville Baseball has a unique opportunity to take advantage of a generous grant for a turf field. Currently we are kicking off an effort to raise $600,000. Ths will be matched by approximately $800,000 of work from the Community Sports Development Alliance, a national alliance of funding partners who believes in our vision to serve the baseball community. Generous gifts to the Homerun Campaign to date will help us meet this goal with anticipation of a fully-installed turf field for the 2017 season.
Homerun Campaign Committee
With the matching grant for turf, Bulldog Baseball is excited to reignite our committee and fundraising efforts for both the field and the stadium project. If you are interested in serving on the committee, please contact Kelly Schukart at firstname.lastname@example.org
GREENWOOD BASEBALL STADIUM FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What is the cost for the new baseball stadium?
A: The stadium is projected to cost approximately $2.5M. Of that amount $2M will go to designing and constructing the stadium to meet the Big South Conference minimum facility requirements which includes seating for at least 500, press box, restrooms, batting cages, and concessions. $500,000 will provide for associated costs like replacing fencing, upgrading the scoreboard, and improving bullpens.
Q: How is the project being funded?
A: UNC Asheville is raising the money through private donations from alumni, friends, and parents through the Athletics “Home Run Campaign” for Greenwood Baseball Field Expansion and Renovation Project. These funds would be deposited into the UNC Asheville Foundation to provide oversight in allocating the utilization of these funds to begin and complete the project. Since UNC Asheville Athletics is required by North Carolina Law to be self-funded, no state funds can be used for this athletic facility construction project.
Q: When will construction begin?
A: Construction will not begin until at least 70% of the funding has been raised with the additional 30% in secured pledges having been established within the UNC Asheville Foundation.
Q: What will the stadium be called?
A: With UNC Asheville Board of Trustee approval, naming rights for the stadium will go to the individual or corporation that donates at least $1M of the construction costs. The field itself will remain Greenwood Field.
Q: Why build an on-campus stadium?
A: The stadium will give Bulldog students, fans, and the community an on-campus venue for Asheville’s only NCAA Division I baseball team and will meet the Big South Conference minimum facility requirements. UNC Asheville assisted by Athletics, University Enterprises, Asheville Buncombe Regional Sports Commission, and other community entities has become a strong economic driver by promoting sporting events and expanding opportunities for increased economic activity for our community. The stadium will provide additional economic impact.
Q: What is the capacity of the stadium?
A: The stadium will have capacity for a little over 600 spectators with 300 of those seats being spectator seats and the others being bleacher seating. Additional seating will be available in the VIP/Hospitality Areas and Press Box.
Q: Who will be allowed to use the facility?
A: UNC Asheville’s use of the stadium will be consistent with the university’s mission, values, and vision. The primary purpose for the stadium is Bulldog Baseball practices and games. However, the stadium will also be used year-round for any number of sporting, campus, and community events such as baseball camps and clinics, summer and fall Showcase Baseball Tournaments, concerts and other outdoor events.
Q: Who will be responsible for paying for maintenance to the stadium?
A: The stadium will be operated within Athletics and University Enterprises. The operations budget for events hosted will be dependent on the number of events. Use fees, ticket sales, corporate sponsorships, and operating cost reimbursements will be charged as occur currently on the indoor facilities.
Q: Where will fans park?
A: Similar to the Sherrill Center/Kimmel Arena parking plans, fans will park in adjacent parking decks and lots located near the stadium. Students, faculty, and staff can walk to the stadium and/or use the campus shuttles.