GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — What started as a field of dreams is almost a reality. Construction workers are getting closer to completing Cornerstone University’s new baseball stadium. New turf, new lights, and 1500 seats are sitting on a site that used to be the old field.
Assistant baseball coach Chuck Lowitzki said, “To see how it went from nothing to having a field … to see it almost being finished, it’s outstanding. It’s really fun for us.”
The home plate will soon become home for some on-campus residents. Well, that’s almost the case. A new state-of-the-art dorm overlooking the field is also under construction.
“So we have a lot of guys and girls fighting over who’s going to get to live here this fall, and we’ve decided the freshmen aren’t allowed to,” Kelli Cottrell, the university’s media relations coordinator explained.
The new diamond is named after the Dewitt family out of Holland. University staff said the Dewitt’s donated $5 million to the Christian-centered school to help fund many projects including a new chapel, the dorm and the one-a-kind diamond.
“Our players sometimes get a little too used to it. We have to remind them, ‘Hey you get to play on one of the best surfaces in the country.’ They love it,” Lowitzki said.
He said other groups will be able to use the field, and construction of the dorm should be complete by August.