July 1, 2014
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Pete Taylor Park, the home of Southern Miss baseball, has long been one of the top collegiate baseball facilities in the country and Southern Miss took another step to ensure that it stays that way for years to come.
Southern Miss Athletics is pleased to announce that construction has begun on a 2,400-square foot baseball specific weight room building that will be erected under the grandstand on the third base side. The weight room was designed by Foil Wyatt Architects and Planners PLLC of Jackson, Miss., and constructed by B.W. Sullivan Building Contractor of Hattiesburg and has an expected completion date this fall. The building has been made possible by private donations.
"We are very excited to see the construction begin on the weight room project," said Southern Miss baseball coach Scott Berry. "This is the work of several individuals who see and share the vision of Southern Miss baseball. With this facility on site, it will make Pete Taylor Park one of very few college baseball programs with their own strength and conditioning facility. This addition will enable our players to develop and improve in this important part of the game."
The facility will include equipment to outfit the baseball team as well as an office for a member of the Southern Miss Strength and Conditioning staff.
"Pete Taylor Park is one of the premier college baseball facilities in the country and the addition of this strength training facility enhances the amenities of the ballpark in an effort to continue to try to give our student-athletes the best possible experience and opportunity for success," said Southern Miss Director of Athletics Bill McGillis. "A number of generous individuals stepped up to the plate to make this important facility a reality, and we can't thank them enough. Southern Miss Baseball is known for having one of the best fan bases in America and this is just another prime example of our passionate and dedicated supporters making a difference."
Already on site of the facility is the Rogers, Thames and & Welch Baseball Center which houses the entire baseball program that includes a locker room for the team, a lounge area for the players and offices for the coaching staff. A press tower, that was constructed prior to the 2008 season, includes 12 luxury suites over two levels as well as a press facility on the top floor that can seat 25 media members in its main area as well two radio broadcast booths, a television booth and an operations booth for the public address announcer and video web stream production. New grandstand seating was added prior to the 2012 season.
The facility has also hosted the 1990 Metro Conference Tournament, as well as the 1996, 2005, 2009 and 2014 Conference USA Tournaments and served as a 2003 NCAA regional site.