ETSU Holds Groundbreaking Celebration at Thomas Stadium
ETSU Holds Groundbreaking Celebration at Thomas Stadium
Friday, May 20, 2022

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (May 20, 2022) – During a special groundbreaking celebration held Friday morning at Thomas Stadium, the East Tennessee State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced the start of construction for an indoor training facility.

With dignitaries from the university, city officials and donors who have given to the project on hand, the ETSU campus community as well as current and former Buccaneers gathered for Friday’s press conference. 

“ETSU Athletics is proud to call Thomas Stadium the home of ETSU Baseball,” said ETSU Athletic Director Scott Carter. “The fan experience and home field advantage it provides the Bucs is second-to-none in the Southern Conference. Today we begin a training facility enhancement to Thomas Stadium that is transformational for ETSU Baseball. This training facility completes the vision of Thomas Stadium that is over a decade in the making. We are so thankful and proud of the donors that have made today possible, along with the support of ETSU administration led by Mr. Jeremy Ross and our President, Dr. Brian Noland.” 

The 8,000-square foot facility will feature a turfed indoor training facility with three hitting cages and pitching areas. In addition, a team locker room, coaches’ offices, a conference room and sports medicine office will also be housed inside the complex.

“This is a special time for our baseball program and we are thrilled about the new indoor facility at Thomas Stadium,” said ETSU baseball head coach Joe Pennucci. “This will continue the growth of our program and the development of our players. I am grateful for the donors who have made this vision a reality.” 

Construction is expected to begin later this year and will be located down the right field line adjacent the Buccaneers’ dugout. ETSU is proud to announce that $2.15 million worth of gifts and pledges have been made towards the $2.75 million project. Fundraising will continue for this project and those interested in making a gift should contact Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Operations Dr. Matt McGahey at 423-439-5925 or via email at [email protected].   

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