Rogers, Thames and Welch Baseball Center
Since its opening in 1984, Southern Miss' Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field has been one of the premier collegiate baseball facilities in the South. Now with the addition of the Rogers, Thames and Welch Baseball Center, this facility has elevated its status even more.
The facility was made possible by numerous donors, with major contributions from Charles "Bubba" and Sharon Rogers, Clay and Cindy Thames, Scott Thames and Nick and Gigi Welch, who provided the majority of the total cost of the facility.
In November of 2000, Southern Miss broke ground on the project, the foundation was laid in December and the walls and roof were completed in January. In August 2001, the baseball center opened its doors and what was once a dream, became a reality.
The 6,000-square foot facility, adjacent to the first base side of the park, was completed and in use for the 2002 baseball season.
With the addition of the center, current and future Southern Miss players have a home that rivals that of any other institution in Conference USA, if not the country.
The center, funded totally by private donations, provides state-of-the art facilities, including a team locker room, training room, players lounge, an area for equipment storage and distribution, a laundry area, as well as coaches' offices and dressing areas for coaches and umpires. There is also a large lobby area at the entrance of the building, displaying the history and tradition of the baseball program.