CORPUS CHRISTI – Chapman Field, the home of the Texas A&M – Corpus Christi baseball and softball teams, will undergo a multi-million dollar renovation this offseason, Interim Director of Athletics Scott Lazenby announced today. The project got underway today and is expected to be finished in early 2012.
"With the new fields on the Momentum Campus being phased into the project later on, we knew we had to make some immediate upgrades to our current facility," Lazenby said. "I can't thank President Killebrew and [University Vice President of Institutional Advancement] Trent Hill enough for their dedication to this project and to our athletics department as a whole. Without their commitment to Islanders Athletics, we would not be in the strong position we are in today."
As part of the renovation, the surfaces of both the softball and baseball fields will be completely rebuilt, with new dirt and sod being brought in to replace the current surface along with new irrigation systems. The bullpens for softball and baseball will also be rebuilt, with baseball's to be enclosed within the field. Both fields will also get new windscreens around the perimeter of the fence.
The baseball facility will also add an eight-pole lighting system to allow the Islanders to play home night games on campus. In conjunction with this, new seating will be brought in to expand baseball's bleacher seating capacity to nearly 700 at Chapman Field (not including available berm seating), with the existing baseball bleacher seating being moved over to softball.
The on-campus facility has been the home of the Islanders since the 2002 season, when it was named Islander Field. It was renamed in 2008 for the late John O. Chapman, who was a major benefactor for Texas A&M – Corpus Christi and the Islanders Baseball program.