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The difference between their commitment to baseball and ours is vast. Watched USC and A&M play on Thursday night and came away really impressed with their over all commitment to baseball and the environment they create for their fans. I really wish we could put more into our baseball program. I truly believe hope scholarships or not we could compete with anyone if we were committed to having the best and being the best. I have visited venues at Georgia, UT, Ole Miss, Miss. St., LSU, USC and Auburn. I would say we fall behind all of these venues. I also would say from what I have heard A&M and Ark all have better venues than ours. I'm not sure we would be in the middle third of SEC schools as far as facilities, more likely the bottom third. There is so much more to facilities than just seats. Surely someone in the AD realizes how far behind we are falling.
This post was edited by uakidd 13 months ago
I like baseball too but a new ball park is very expensive. Looks like we have a pretty decent team this year.
USCe baseball stadium is the college baseball equivalent to BDS...place is nice as any minor league "new" stadium...very nice...very impressed last season when I went.
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I love in Columbia and they are crazy about baseball...has a lot to do with them being VERY good the last few years but they market like crazy around town and have a separate student section apparently and have a great place to tailgate and drink before
This post was edited by ColumbiaTider 13 months ago
LSU's baseball stadium is really awesome too if you've seen it in person. Looks like a triple A affiliate stadium or something. Very nice.
And Lizards Thicket is the best affordable eats in that region. Great food, great family owned establishment. Of course that is a biased view, but true nonetheless.
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Seen both and you're right, they're very nice. South Carolina kind of hit things just right with the stadium being finished right as they won back to back CWS's.
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Maybe one of us will strike oil or find gold and be able to donate the money to build a new state of the art baseball stadium....It's not cheep. When you have a budget that's not unlimited, I guess you have to use your dollars where it makes the most sense. Don't get me wrong I would love our baseball team to be one of the tops in all of college sports. But, if that comes at any expense to the success of others....
So back to someone needs to hit it rich and just build the damn thing.
I have seen people mention that it would cost about 25-30 million to build a very nice stadium. Question is, will the university ever see a NEED for something like this?
You know my first thought was no. Not unless someone donated a huge amount of the cost with the intent to build up baseball. But, thinking further the way you build up your entire athletics dept. is by having great success in others. The more we do this, the more we make....the more can be used in other places.
Still, without someone donating a large portion of this, and without it being earmarked for baseball....I'm not sure I see it happening? Maybe that's why I'm just a fan and not in the business of big time College sports.
If Alabama made baseball a true priority (basketball falls into this same category) we could be very competitive. The funds are there to be good and if needed, hire great coaches to get us to the top. Sure football pays the bills but we have the boosters to be ultra competitive in all sports.
It simply will not be funded by the athletic department / football program. It's just not "investment" in that sense. Baseball losses money, even at South Carolina. Boosters would have to fund a substantial portion of that cost and we may or may not have the boosters to do it.
It's like softball, fans on here seemed to under the impression that Mal just decided to build Murphy a softball stadium when in fact he went out and promoted and raised almost all of the money for it himself.
This post was edited by manbearpig7 13 months ago
Again on the surface I would believe this as well. But thinking about further, do we really? I don't think money is endless at Alabama. So having a budget you have to spend it where you get the biggest returns. That's just good business.
If were going to believe we have the ability right now to have the best in everything, hire the best coaches in everything....then were left believing we just choose Not to be great in some sports? I'm not sure I can see it that way
If it's not your money and not your resources then it's the easiest thing in the world to say "I want the best of everything". NOBODY has an endless pool of time and money, believe it or not allocations actually do have to be made (shocker I know in today’s society!). That's why I find the “I want…I want…I want” so amusing. 99% of these posters are not going to materially contribute to anything and at the end of the day would not trade a new baseball stadium for one loss to LSU next season in football.
Based on what we've seen related to baseball at Bama over the last 20 years, it's VERY apparent that it's NOT a priority in terms of funding from our athletic department.
Sure, we want to be competitive and win as much as possible but UA is not committed to the point that we go "all out" with facility upgrades.
We wasted $30 million on Coleman when we should have planned for a new arena and that sport has the ability to make money.
Just don't see a new baseball stadium anytime soon.....BUT Bill Battle could fool me.
Yep. It's always easy on the outside to think we have the means to do whatever we want. Truth is, that's simply not true.
I think our sports department has the ability to do what ever needs to be done to make our sports teams the best that they can be. I do think we have the funds to build a new baseball stadium and I think we will get one soon. I don't buy that we don't have the funds because if we can raise over 200 million for facility upgrades then I think we could find the money to build are remodel the baseball stadium.
I was also in Columbia this week. Came away impressed overall. Did notice around town there was a lot of fan gear devoted to baseball.
Wish we would build a new basketball arena and baseball stadium
I don't see the point in a new baseball or basketball facility. If they started winning championships then maybe.
Most SEC stadiums are nicer then minor league parks from the Low A through high A levels, they get better once you hit AA. Some locker rooms in A and some AA parks are terrible and so small.
Also stay at much nicer hotels in college then in the minors
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