Regents Give Go Ahead to Gophers Ballpark Project

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents voted today to proceed with building a new 1,400-seat, $7.13 million ballpark for the Golden Gophers baseball team to replace out-of-date and deteriorating Siebert Field.  The facility is expected to be ready in time for the 2013 season.  Read more here.

A rendering of the renovated Siebert Field, University of Minnesota

PRESS RELEASE – The University of Minnesota Board of Regents approved today Phase 1 of Siebert Field, announced during their June monthly meeting. A Monday, June 11th groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for 1:30 p.m., at Siebert Field.

“It’s obviously a very exciting time for the Golden Gopher baseball program,” head coach John Anderson said. “It’s something we’ve been putting together for many years and it’s time to plan for the future. With this facility, it will help us prepare the next generation of Gopher baseball players. We want to continue the tradition that was laid before us, remember the past and prepare for years to come. With this announcement we celebrate our history as we build a new home for Golden Gopher Baseball and its continued success.”

The 1,400-seat facility is scheduled to begin construction June 18th with a complete demolition set in July. With additional berm seating, Siebert Field Phase 1 will also include provisions for future expansion that includes additional seating, locker rooms and training facility. The synthetic turf, designed by Mondo, is scheduled to be completed in September, with an estimated facility completion of December 2012. Constructed at the current site, the field will be lowered four feet from the original field level with home plate angled 35 degrees, which is currently between first and second base.  

PCL/DLR serves as the construction and design team for the stadium, announced this February. PCL Construction Services (Burnsville) is part of the PCL family of companies, the seventh-largest general contractor in North America.  Since opening its Minnesota office in 1978, PCL has been involved in the construction of many notable Twin Cities landmarks, including the Mall of America, the Science Museum of Minnesota, the University of Minnesota’s Williams Arena renovation, the Ameriprise building in Minneapolis, and the Wells Fargo Tower in Saint Paul.  DLR Group (Minneapolis) is an interdisciplinary design firm with a nationally recognized sports practice for intercollegiate baseball and softball stadiums. DLR has designed Louisiana State University’s Alex Box Stadium, UFCU Disch-Falk Field at the University of Texas, PK Park at the University of Oregon, the University of Nebraska’s Hawks Field at Haymarket Park, and Penn State University’s Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

Siebert Field was constructed in 1971 and originally called Bierman Field. The field was later dedicated in 1979 in honor of legendary head coach Dick Siebert, who passed away in December 1978. Prior to 1971, Minnesota played on Delta Field, which was located over the current left field wall. Since the 1971 construction, the Gophers held a 585-179-2 all-time record at the facility and a 458-155 mark being renamed Siebert Field. In the history of Siebert Field, the University of Minnesota hosted six Big Ten Tournaments, including the Gophers’ 2004 Big Ten title win. The Gophers hosted both the 1974, 1977 and 2000 NCAA Regional, also at Siebert Field. Due to the venerable stadium, the Gophers have played a majority of their games at the Metrodome in recent years. Gopher baseball held its final game at Siebert Field, May 1, 2012, in a 9-2 win over St. Thomas.

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