Media Advisory: UCCS to open on-campus baseball facility, Mountain Lion Park

Jared Verner, UCCS, (719) 255-3732, (719) 648-6275, jverner@uccs.edu

Mountain Lion Park

WHAT: University and community leaders and contractors will formally open Mountain Lion Park, the on-campus home for UCCS baseball.

WHEN: Informal ribbon cutting and remarks at 1:30 p.m., first pitch at 1:45 p.m. and game at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 2.

The team will practice at the field 1-4 p.m., Thursday, March 1. Best times for interviews will be 12:30-1 p.m. before practice starts. Practice open to media for b-roll.

WHERE: 660 North Campus Heights Drive. Parking available in lot 580. See page two of https://www.uccs.edu/Documents/facsrvs/CampusMap.pdf.

WHO: CU Regent Kyle Hybl, Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers, UCCS Chancellor Venkat Reddy, UCCS Senior Vice Chancellor Martin Wood, UCCS Vice Chancellor Sentwali Bakari, UCCS Associate Vice Chancellor Kent Marsh, Executive Director of Athletics Nathan Gibson. Representatives from Bryan Construction will also participate.

Hybl, Suthers, Reddy, Gibson and Wood will provide informal remarks during the ribbon cutting. Hajek and student-athletes will not be available until the conclusion of the game at approximately 5 p.m. All other participants will be available after the start of the game for comment.

WHY: The UCCS baseball team’s first season of 2017 was played at Spurgeon Field in Memorial Park. The on-campus facility provides a dedicated field for practice and competition, and the all-turf surface provides another field for campus, high school and city use.

Quick Facts:

  • Architect: DLR Group
  • General Contractor: Bryan Construction
  • Cost: $13.3 million for construction of both Mountain Lion Park and Mountain Lion Fieldhouse (track facility)
  • Funding source: Student fees, private gifts, CU President’s Office. Fundraising continues for phase two of the facility for lights and locker rooms.
  • Outfield Dimensions:
    • Left line: 340 feet
    • Left field: 375 feet
    • Center field: 390 feet (40-foot batters eye will be considered in play)
    • Right field: 365 feet
    • Right line: 330 feet
  • Timeline: Project approved by Board of Regents Sept. 8, 2016. Construction began July 2017.