CONWAY, S.C (WMBF) - In a week, the Coastal Carolina baseball team will officially unveil the new Springs Brooks stadium for its season opener. It was expected to have been completed in 2014, but the facility remains under construction.
While there are still minor details that need to be addressed, that does not diminish the Chants' enthusiasm for the progress that has already been made.
"It gives me goose bumps because this is something I dreamt about since the day I got the job 20 years ago," says Gary Gilmore, CCU head coach. "To see it finally come to fruition is an incredible moment in my personal life and the people that have contributed to it."
Just two days ago, the CCU baseball team had its first experience inside the stadium in more than 800 days.
"It was something I'll never forget honestly because it's been two and a half years since we had a full team practice in this stadium," said Austin Kerr, CCU Senior.
The Springs Brooks stadium, along with the adjacent softball complex, cost an estimated $15.2 million. Work continues on a new scoreboard and the bullpens still need to be finished, but the artificial turf and the new outfield wall are now complete; however, the piece de resistance is the locker room facilities.
"When we are done with practice we can go right in the locker room and do what we need to do instead of having to get on the bus and travel, and it's just a huge difference," reflected Kerr.
With each passing day, the project's finish line inches closer, but so does the CCU baseball season opener.
"It's gonna be a big moment for us but we just have to focus on the task," said Kerr.
The Chanticleers officially break in the new digs on February 13 when they welcome Old Dominion for the Caravelle resort tournament.