Baseball awaits Joplin Campus expansion

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A mock-up drawn up by Kirksey Architecture, the masterminds behind the design of the improved campus. Wilson Field and the parking lot will be replaced with two practice fields, and a new baseball field will be installed.

With the new Joplin campus forthcoming to St. Thomas in the near future, many people are anxious about what is going to happen to the long-lived Wilson field.

Wilson field was dedicated to Father Wilson back in 1982. Not only did Father Wilson contribute greatly to St. Thomas, but he was an influential baseball figure back in the late 1900’s.  

While the baseball team is certainly excited about the new developments, they are concerned about the quality of the new field and whether or not it will affect the players’ performance.

Many developments will come to fruition within the Joplin Campus, but the baseball field one of the most anticipated. The magnificent scenery that allures fans as they look down center field will no longer exist due to the Joplin expansion. Instead, Wilson field will be relocated to acreage that currently holds an older, rundown field. Despite this tragedy, two new practice fields will replace this area.

“I’m excited to see the new campus. I just hope they can create a field similar to what we have now,”

Michael Vogelsang, junior

On top of the prestigious quality and picturesque view, some have even claimed that the field is a part of their life.

Junior Andrew Alvarez reminisces about past memories on the current Wilson Field. Alvarez as well as many other junior baseball players could potentially be some of the first students who experience the benefits of the new baseball field.
Junior Andrew Alvarez reminisces about past memories on the current Wilson Field. Alvarez as well as many other junior baseball players could potentially be some of the first students to experience the benefits of the new baseball field. (Eagle Photo/Justin Van)

The new Wilson field is also going to have numerous features that our current field does not have. Instead of grass, there will be artificial turf, state of the art lighting will be installed, a media area, and superior commodities for spectators are a few examples.

Seniors should look forward to these exciting developments as the new campus will look completely different from what is now in place.

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Andrew Leyendecker is a junior at STH and is on the Golf Team. He enjoys listening to music and "roasting" his friends. An All-American Strait "A" student, Andrew's stories are typically ranked among the top stories in the newspaper.

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