The LSU softball program announced Thursday plans for the LSU Softball Performance Center, an indoor facility at Tiger Park.
The announcement said the facility will be 14,500 square feet, making it the biggest indoor facility in the Southeastern Conference, including a 1,279-square foot weight room and 770 square feet on the second floor for cardio equipment.
“Our coaching staff does not want to miss an opportunity to express our gratitude to the donors who have assisted specifically with this project and to all of our dedicated fans who have supported this program so strongly,” coach Beth Torina said in a release. “Our staff had a vision for this facility, and we were able to make this vision a reality largely in part to the diligent work by the individuals at the Tiger Athletic Foundation. We are thankful to everyone in the LSU family, past and current, who have assisted us in seeing this project to its completion.”
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The facility will have a full-size infield with custom, motorized netting surrounding the entire surface. This will allow the team to participate in full infield, hitting, slapping or pitching drills regardless of weather conditions outside.
Each hitting lane will have wired electricity, providing the capability to set up multiple batting machines throughout the facility. The facility will also be wired for a custom multi-camera system that will give a chance to immediately review film during practice.
“This facility truly sets the table for us in terms of developing our current athletes while also providing the next generation of LSU Softball players with the opportunity to excel at the highest level here at LSU,” Torina said in the release. “We at LSU pride ourselves in providing a first rate experience for our student-athletes.”
The school said a date for breaking ground and naming rights will be announced at a later date.
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