Friday, March 16, 2007

Baseball stadium could bring big names

With the construction of the new Hayes Stadium, obviously there are many exciting changes for the Charlotte 49ers baseball team.

There is a new modern facility for fans, a stadium that will likely host Charlotte-area high school tournaments and the 49ers already plan to bid on hosting the 2008 Atlantic 10 conference tournament.

Charlotte coach Loren Hibbs says the school may one day bid on hosting an NCAA regional as well and thinks the stadium and all its amenities will be a strong recruiting tool.

Hibbs also plans to do his part to strengthen the 49ers' program. He already has games next season scheduled at SEC powers Tennessee and South Carolina. But that's not all.

"We're trying to put together a tournament - either for next year or 2009 - where we can bring a quality team or two in here to play," Hibbs said. "I'd like a four-day tournament, play Thursday-Sunday. People are going to like coming to play in this facility. There is plenty of hotel space right here. It's easy to get in and out from the interstate and airport."

Hibbs said teams such as North Carolina, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech have played on campus previously and he sees no reason that won't continue or increase with the new stadium. -- Jim Utter


Anonymous said...

It's going to be a terrific facility and I hope we get the students to enjoy it more than once or twice a year.

Anonymous said...

This stadium is rockin!

Anonymous said...

What impressive credentials for this blogger....he witnessed some shots in 1990....get outta here and put someone on this site with some real credentials