Performance Development Center
The Central Michigan Performance Development Center at Theunissen Stadium opened to rave reviews in February, 2017 as the athletics department and the university once again put on display its commitment to providing first-class facilities.
The 7,170-square-foot facility features four bays, two of which include pitcher's mounds. The bays are separated by floor-to-ceiling netting, and the floor is nearly completely covered in artificial turf.
The PDC at Theunissen is connected by a hallway to the Keilitz Clubhouse, giving CMU a fully enclosed, all-inclusive facility that includes the locker room, restroom facilities, a training room, the umpires dressing room, and team meeting room.
"In the landscape of baseball at the Division I level, facilities are very important," CMU baseball coach Steve Jaksa said. "We had a vision of what we wanted, and then we received some very generous donations to help with that vision. There are so many advantages with this, and recruiting is a big part of that. This is one more example of how CMU strives to provide the best for student-athletes."
An anonymous $1 million gift, the largest ever to the CMU baseball program, was the catalyst for the facility. That, combined with another $250,000 commitment and several other major gifts helped to make the ambition project a reality. Fundraising is tracking toward a $2 million goal, and the facility will be funded entirely through donations, a first for CMU Athletics.
The Chippewa Athletic Fund is working on the final phase of fundraising, which includes several naming opportunities at the facility and the stadium. Visit the webpage to learn more about how fans can leave a legacy at Theunissen Stadium.