DBU announces new baseball stadium campaign

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DALLAS—Dallas Baptist University has announced a new fund-raising campaign for the Joan and Andy Horner Ballpark.

The new stadium, with the capacity to seat 2,000 fans, is scheduled for completion before opening day in February of 2013.

Dallas Baptist University is raising funds for a new baseball stadium.

With a $2.5 million gift from the Horner family spearheading the construction, fund-raising efforts are under way this fall to complete giving for the facility.

The baseball field will remain in its current location, and the new ballpark will be built around it. Current plans call for a dark-red brick façade that matches the current colonial Georgian architectural style of the other buildings on campus.

"As we strive to develop young men into champions for Christ, this new ballpark is an extraordinary opportunity for our university, our athletics program and our baseball team to advance our vision in building a top-tier program," said Blair Blackburn, executive vice president.

"This stadium is going to be one of the premier ballparks of its size in college baseball, and we have partnered with the foremost architectural firm in the country for sport venue design in HKS," he said.

"There is no doubt that God has blessed our program with this major lead gift to launch our ballpark construction. We are excited about the project and what it means for Dallas Baptist Patriot baseball," Blackburn continued.

The facility will feature club seating, a state-of-the-art press box, two radio booths, a TV booth and guest suites, as well as coaches' offices and a reception area to be added alongside new sunken dugouts and enhanced field lighting.

An outdoor pavilion down the left field line and several party patios on the upper concourse are planned as a part of the fan amenities included in the construction project.

The DBU Patriots ended the 2012 season with a 41-19 record and an appearance in the NCAA Regional Championship, hosted by Baylor University in Waco.

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