Renovations at SUNY Cortland’s on-campus baseball field were recently completed, after more than five years of planning and building.
Capital improvements to Robert H. Wallace ’53 Field include:
- Dugouts renovated: lowered dugouts, stone siding, benches, helmet cubbies
- Construction of an Alumni Plaza (behind the press box): wall boards honoring donors, listings of Cortland Baseball Legends, pro players, All-Americans
- Entryway/archway to the field down the left field line completed
- Roof over batting cages down the right field line
A mini-campaign was launched in September 2015 that gradually accumulated $175k in pledged donations from 660 individual donors.
Significant gifts from the Wallace Family and Jim ’59 & Marge ’61 Gallagher got things off the ground with lead gifts totaling $42,000.
The third-annual Athletics Giving Challenge this past June brought in more than $21,000 toward the project.
Fundraising also included alumni and friends of the program naming 46 lockers in the baseball locker room (at $1,000 each), along with a $5,000 giving-level from a number of donors who are displayed on a monument at the field honoring Wallace.
“A sincere thank you to the many Cortland Baseball alumni and friends of the program, for not only your generous support, but for your undeniable passion and love of the program,” said Cortland head baseball coach Joe Brown. “All of us, have transformed Wallace Field over the past 10 years in a way never imagined. It is with great pride and tremendous appreciation that our student-athletes have such an amazing facility.”
Photos below from SUNY Cortland Athletics website: