Updated Construction Photos (Updated 4/8/12)
4/8/12 - Update - Windows are installed at the enclosed press box
3/26/12 - Update - The enclosed press box is started on top of the new bleachers.
3/15/12 - Update - The chair back seats and bench bleacher seats were finished
3/14/12 - Update - The chair back seats and fencing to the facility began to be installed.
3/13/12 - Update - More work was done on the new bleachers as the first part of the first phase gets closer to completition.
3/11/12 - Update - The new bleachers continued to be built and the form of the outside structure began to take shape.
3/8/12 - Update - The new bleachers were delivered, the older ones were moved out and the bleacher construction for the facility continued.
BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Over the last decade, dramatic changes have transformed the Campbell University campus. From the construction of the new dorms, addition of Butler Chapel, beginning of the Physician Assistant program, groundbreaking for the School of Osteopathic Medicine, opening of Barker-Lane Stadium/Ed Gore Field (football), construction of the John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center/Gilbert Craig Gore Arena (basketball, volleyball and wrestling), building of the Irwin Belk Track (track and field) and renovations of Taylor Field (baseball), the campus has grown tremendously in a short period of time. The Campbell University softball team is proud to announce that the Eakes Athletic Softball Complex is also undergoing a major renovation that began late last month.
The first phase of the Campbell Softball Stadium Project officially began on Thursday, Jan. 26, when the concrete walkway behind the team's backstop was broken up and the ground was leveled. A new concrete pad was poured from Feb. 1-2.
"This has been a long awaited and prayed for addition to our facility," head softball coach Drew Peterson explained. "I have hoped to take this next step for many years, and with the help of several very supportive individuals and a few major donors, the grandstand addition is finally underway. We in the softball program are thrilled as this helps legitimize our Division I status with a facility more on par with the elite programs in the country."
Upgrades during the initial phase will include permanent grandstand seating on the newly built concrete pad behind the backstop between the dugouts, a fully functioning enclosed press box in the center section on top of the grandstand and a bricked exterior façade of the structure. The initial plans call for the first wave of the project to be completed in early April of 2012.
The second phase of the projects calls for a new nine-inning wireless running LED scoreboard in right field.
"Of course the scoreboard is another greatly needed piece of the total plan, and Lord willing other key friends of our program will help bring a modern era scoreboard to the site," said Peterson. "I am confident that it will happen soon and when all phases are completed we will have an outstanding softball facility."
"In the future I foresee many local high schools, North Carolina State Tournaments and summer travel softball tournaments taking place here at Campbell," Peterson continued. "Once completed the softball community will no doubt desire to hold various events at our elite facility, and this will of course be another significant occasion to bring future "camels" to our gorgeous campus."
For more information on how you may assist in the construction of the renovated facility at the Eakes Athletic Softball Complex, please contact head softball coach Drew Peterson at 910-893-1355. Current photos from the project are available at the top of the page and will be updated throughout the construction.
Softball makes its 2012 debut in mid-February competing at the Fifth Annual Red & Black Showcase hosted by the University of Georgia. The Camels are slated to open the season against St. John's at 5 p.m. on February 12. In addition to playing against the Red Storm and the host Bulldogs, who reached the NCAA Super Regionals last spring, the Camels take on Army, North Carolina State and Utah State.
The Camels return four starters and 11 letterwinners this year from the 2011 team, including the school's second leading all-time home run hitter in senior Taylor McGee.
In addition to the returning 11, Campbell welcomes in 10 newcomers this year. Among the newcomers are Ericka Nesbitt, Kerstine Womack, Brittany Bruce, Stephanie Jones, Casey Taylor, Camise Patterson, Maggie Christopher, Julia Callicutt, Kailey Farmer and Erica Johnson.