By Blue Mountain College
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Blue Mountain College athletics took a “giant step forward” Monday when school officials joined with students and area business leaders to break ground on a 34-acre sports complex one-half mile north of the campus.
The complex, on land donated to BMC by Tippah County neighbor Profile Products, will include a baseball field, softball field, golf driving range, intramural soccer field, sand volleyball court, and a one-mile running/walking track.
BMC officials said the goal is to have the fields ready for practice by Fall 2013, with the rest of the infrastructure close behind.
“We are blessed and excited about the opportunities that the sports complex will afford Blue Mountain College,” said Dr. Barbara Childers McMillin, president. “This facility will serve the needs of our student athletes while providing our community with an outstanding venue for watching intercollegiate athletic competition.”
Lavon Driskell, athletics director, said the BMC complex “will be a giant step for our intercollegiate athletics program.
“It will allow us to have a first class facility; it will bring our practices and our games back to our campus; and it will be a lot more convenient for our students and the surrounding community to attend our baseball and softball games.”
Blue Mountain College, which began its baseball, softball and golf programs three years ago, will join the Southern States Athletic Conference next fall, and will continue to play its 2013-14 schedule at the New Albany SportsPlex.
Driskell praised New Albany officials for their contribution to the BMC baseball and softball programs the past two years.
“The City of New Albany has provided us with first class facility,” he said. “We appreciate all of the help, cooperation, and flexibility they have provided to our program, and we look forward to continue working with them as we develop our complex on the BMC campus.”
The land for the BMC sports complex was donated to the college by Profile Products in exchange for the mineral rights to 37 acres across the from the site for the new fields.
Profile Products, at its plant approximately two miles from the BMC campus, manufactures and distributes Turface, the industry’s best-selling inorganic soil amendments for sports fields, golf courses and landscaping. Turface soil conditioner is used on athletic fields across the country, including Major League Baseball stadiums and National Football League stadiums.