University of Delaware Baseball Unveils Beautiful New Renovations to Bob Hannah Stadium this Weekend
NEWARK, Del. -- The long-awaited renovations to the University of Delaware’s Bob Hannah Stadium were unveiled for the first time this weekend and the Blue Hens’ new baseball facility has opened to rave reviews.
The Blue Hens have celebrated the opening with two impressive victories, downing Northeastern 1-0 in 12 innings on Friday and following up with a dominating 12-2 decision on Saturday. The two teams will close out the series Sunday at 1 p.m.
Although the field is ready for play, renovations outside the playing surface will continue through the spring. The renovations have made Bob Hannah Stadium one of the premier baseball facilities in the Colonial Athletic Association and the East.
The official dedication ceremony will take place on Sunday, Apr. 27, when the Blue Hens play host to CAA rival UNCW.
Among the extensive renovations to Bob Hannah Stadium are a new synthetic turf playing surface, spacious new home and visiting dugouts that are heated and span 70 feet down the sides of the field, a new scoreboard in right field, improved and expanded home and visiting bullpens, a three-tunnel batting cage, new stadium fencing, including a 20-foot high left field wall, and backstop that will give fans improved sightlines, and increased storage space throughout the facility.
“We are so happy to finally be out here in our new facility - it was well worth the wait,” said Delaware head coach and former UD All-American player Jim Sherman, now in his 14th season at the helm of the Blue Hens. “By far we are going to have the best facilities in the conference and the one of the best facilities in the Mid-Atlantic region. The dugouts are 70 feet long, we can handle plenty of guys, and both home and visiting dugouts are heated. The playing surface is perfect and you get great hops. It’s fun coming out here every day and having something that is special, that is ours, and something we can be proud of. If I am a kid coming here on a recruiting trip, I’m looking at this facility and saying ‘wow, this University made a serious committent.’ ”
“This facility is beautiful,” said Delaware junior captain and centerfielder Joe Giacchino. “Everyone loves it. All of us sincerely appreciate all the efforts from our alumni and donors and the University for helping to put this together. We have great new batting cages, the catchers and pitchers tell me they love the new bullpens, and the dugouts are huge. It’s just incredible.”
“So far, this is probably the nicest college field I have seen yet,” said Delaware senior outfielder and co-captain Alex Mottle. “This will really help us in recruiting. It’s fun that we have our own turf to defend and that’s awesome.”
Following the weekend action vs. Northeastern, Delaware will continue home action at the new stadium this Tuesday, Apr. 8 vs. La Salle in the Liberty Bell Classic semifinals.