Onondaga Holds Opening Ceremony for New Ball Fields

Onondaga Community College held an opening ceremony for its two new baseball and softball fields on April 24. Participants included coaches and players from Onondaga’s baseball and softball programs, College President Dr. Casey Crabill, Athletic Director Michael Borsz, and representatives of Section 3. The college was also honored to have numerous elected officials attend the ceremony and those on the program to speak included:  NYS Senator John DeFrancisco, NYS Assemblyman Al Stirpe, County Legislator and Majority Leader Pat Kilmartin, and Town of Onondaga Councilor and Deputy Supervisor Charles Petrie.

The facility provides Onondaga’s baseball and softball teams with on-campus fields where they can practice and play home games. Highlights of the fields include:

  • Synthetic turf surfaces that meet all NCAA and NJCAA requirements. The only dirt on either field is at the pitcher’s mound. The baseball outfield is configured so that field sports such as soccer and lacrosse can also be played there.
  • Both fields have enclosed dugouts, pitching bullpens, press accommodations, and lighting. Other features include perimeter fencing, scoreboards, outfield safety netting, a landscape buffer along NYS Route 173, and a convenience walkway between the fields.
  • Adjacent fields share facilities for concessions, restrooms, and parking.

The facility has just earned the 2013 Masonry Silver Award from the American Concrete Institute (ACI) in the Design and Installation Award category. The award is based on excellence in masonry design and installation. The project architect was Appel Osborne, and the masonry contractor was Remlap Construction.