Mississippi State could break ground on its new baseball stadium by the end of next season.
In August 2014, Bulldogs’ director of athletics Scott Stricklin announced a $40 million renovation to Dudy Noble Field which was approved by the IHL board. That estimate has now increased to $55 million according to Stricklin’s weekly newsletter and will again need to be authorized by the IHL board before construction can commence.
Stricklin stated that a request will be made to the IHL board later this month.
Actual work on the stadium is tentatively slated to start in June 2017 once IHL approval has been attained and sufficient fundraising efforts have been made by the Bulldog Club.
“Our goal is to have enough construction in place by Spring 2018 to allow the baseball team to be able to play at the current site throughout the process,” Stricklin wrote.
Stricklin also mentioned he is in the process of selecting architects to begin pre-planning future renovations to Davis Wade Stadium and Humphrey Coliseum.
Work on Davis Wade Stadium will be along the concourse and Floyd Wade Club Level on the stadium’s east side and an updated press box on the west.
As for Humphrey Coliseum, Stricklin stated new restrooms, concessions, concourses, exteriors and premium seating are potential renovations.
Other projects are also on the horizon including an six-court indoor tennis facility adjacent to the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre and updates to the Palmeiro Center (indoor baseball and football facility) and Newell-Grissom Building (volleyball).