Nischwitz Stadium renovations continue to impress
Charles Grove, Sports Writer
November 1, 2012
Filed under Sports
For Wright State baseball Head Coach Rob Cooper, the team’s new baseball field is a gift that keeps on giving.
“It’s like Christmas morning,” Cooper said. “Every day you come out and it’s like getting a brand new present.”
The addition of field turf at Nischwitz Stadium is seen as a real tool by Cooper. He believes it will help WSU compete for conference championships and top recruits.
“We’ll have more development time now,” Cooper said. “We can now practice later in the fall, which is a big advantage a lot of the southern schools have had due to their nice weather.”
With the new playing surface virtually immune to rain, more local teams are going to be able to rent out the facility, which will help WSU bring in money.
“[It will bring in] more revenue, but it’s another way to get potential students on campus,” Cooper said.
Cooper thinks the new playing surface is second to none in terms of quality, and compares well with those of other Horizon League programs.
“From an overall facilities standpoint, Nischwitz Stadium is a great stadium,” Cooper said. “It’s a championship level field.”
The project, which also includes a new press box, cost about $1 million, with about $600,000 coming from private donations from athletic boosters and former baseball players.
“I’m very humbled as the coach here to have this type of facility, and so thankful to all of the former players that gave not only financial equity, but their blood and their sweat equity,” Cooper said. “If it isn’t for the success that the program has had over the years, I don’t know if there’s much of a push to get this done.”