Mount Pleasant, Mich.- On April 3, the Central Michigan Chippewas will faceoff against University of Detroit Mercy in their home opener. Margo Jonker Stadium will look a little different to fans though, having undergone several renovations since October.
Over the past two months, Central Michigan has replaced the support structure and the netting for both the batting cages and bullpens. In addition to replacing the netting, facilities has added an additional batting cage, going from two to three.
The final stage of the project began last week, replacing the bleachers and adding in 66 chair-back seats, bringing the total in the stadium to 197. Four sections of seating that meet ADA specifications will also been added. Two ramps will be built on either side of the facility for easy access.
“This project will increase our chair-back seating, as well as change the seating to be one consistent section instead of three individual sections,” said Kristen Kosuda-Suhr, assistant athletic director of facilities.
The final stage of the project calls for a “party deck” to be built behind the third base dugout. Construction is anticipated to be completed by the end of May. The seating portion will be finished by April 1, in time for the double header against the Titans.
“It is great to have improvements to our facility,“ said Head Coach Margo Jonker. “It will be nice to give fans more chair-backs for more comfortable seating to watch ballgames in a fan-friendly environment.”