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KCK Community College Baseball Complex

  • Fan-level view of improvements to the Blue Devils' stadium
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  • Field-level view of home plate area, home dugout/locker room and bleachers
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  • Improvements included a new scoreboard
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  • For batters and pitchers, there are new batting cages and bullpen
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  • New 3,300-sq-ft home locker room building includes offices and easy dugout access
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  • Interior view of the Blue Devils' locker room
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  • New concession and restoom building and seating in the baseball plaza area
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LOCATION

Kansas City, Kan.

SIZE

12.5 acres
Before this major field upgrade project it had been more than a decade since the Blue Devils baseball team of Kansas City Kansas Community College had played a game on their own home field. The baseball upgrades include a new baseball field (moving home plate approximately 70 feet and expanding the outfield fence more than 35 feet), home and visitor dugouts, home-team locker room, warm-up area, home and visitor bullpens and batting cages. Two key project goals were to resolve field drainage and to expand the outfield depth. The field renovations addressed the drainage problems and expanded the outfield from 315 and 350 feet for left and center fields to 375 feet and 400 feet respectively. There's also a new outfield fence and scoreboard. Other improvements include an artificial turf infield and natural turf outfield complete with warning track. New bullpens are complete with pitching mounds and protective fencing. The original wooden dugouts have been replaced with dugouts fashioned from earth-tone concrete block. They include metals roofs, composite wood bench seating and synthetic flooring. The outfield fence and dugout benches are fashioned from composite wood to give them decades-long durability. The home dugout is linked to the locker room via a covered breezeway. The new 3,300-square-foot home locker room provides room for 40 players, offices for coaching staff, laundry and restrooms. With groups of players having two years to coalesce, the locker room is an important element to assist with developing a sense of team and player camaraderie. For fans, there are renovated bleachers that have been retro-fitted to provide elevated viewing with a seating capacity of nearly 300 and an announcer's platform. There's also a new 1,100-square-foot concession/restroom building that serves the entire sports complex. Infrastructure is in place to accommodate future plans for the addition of field lighting. The project was completed in the spring of 2013 -- just in time for the Blue Devils' home opener.