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June 2007

Release Date: June 5, 2007

SAY Baseball Donates Complex to ASU

A new facility has been added to the Angelo State University extended campus as San Angelo Youth (SAY) Baseball recently donated its non-profit complex and surrounding land off Arden road to ASU.

The gift includes the SAY complex and 24 acres of undeveloped land with a total value of about $1.1 million. ASU tentatively plans to use the complex, which includes a softball field, two baseball fields and a clubhouse with several batting cages, for its 125-team intramural softball program and for intercollegiate baseball and softball practices.

“With the increasing participation in our department, we’re always searching for additional facilities to accommodate our students,” said Bradley Petty, ASU director of recreation and intramurals. “We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to use the facility and we thank them for that.”

There are also tentative plans to use the surrounding undeveloped land for agriculture and biology research opportunities.

The fields and the batting cages will remain available for public use, said Greg Pecina, ASU director of special events facilities. Teams will be able to rent the fields for practice and/or tournaments, based on availability, through the ASU Special Events Office. The general public will also continue to have access to the batting cages on Saturdays and Sundays from 2-6 p.m. for a fee of $15 per 30 minutes.

The SAY complex was originally funded by a grant from the San Angelo Health Foundation and private donations from area businesses and organizations, including San Angelo Security Service, Coca-Cola, Lone Star Beef, Dodge Jones Foundation, Reese Albert Inc. and All-Tex Irrigation. Kevin Brooks, ASU head baseball coach, was also a driving force behind the construction of the facility.

For more information on renting the fields, call the ASU Special Events Office at 942-2021.

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