Baseball can be a trying game of patience. And no one knows that better than University of Minnesota baseball coach John Anderson, who in 32 years in the job had just about everything he ever wanted – except a shiny new ballpark, the Pioneer Press reports.
On Tuesday afternoon, the University of Minnesota plans to officially open the stadium he fought for years to bring to campus, the new $7.5 million, 1,800-seat Siebert Field. (The 12:15 p.m. event is open to the public.) The Pohlad family, which owns the Twins, made a $2 million donation, the university contributed $1 million and private donors kicked in the rest, the Pioneer Press reported.
After Tuesday's ceremonial events, and weather permitting, the Gophers will practice on the high-tech turf of the new park. The Gophers' first game there is set for 3:05 p.m. Friday against Ohio State. The Gophers season (17-12, 2-1 Big Ten) is already well underway.
Ground was broken last summer and the team got some practice in on the new field last fall, although it wasn't complete until December.
The new field features a scoreboard with video screen, the latest in high-tech synthetic grass turf, and 500 of the 1,800 seats have chair backs.
Here's more history and memorable moments about the team and the old 42-year-old Siebert Field. And here's a glimpse from last fall as the new ballpark was taking shape, with comments from coach Anderson: