OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University Board of Trustees gave its approval to the Baseball Legacy Project at Hayden Park on Friday.

The board voted on the issue earlier in the day to break ground on the new 10,194 square foot baseball facility.

"I am excited for this project to get underway,” head baseball coach Danny Hayden said. “Our goal for this program is not only to be the best team in our conference, but to also establish ourselves as a power in both our region and in the country. This project will make Miami baseball even more attractive to potential student-athletes. Our mission in recruiting is to attract the best student-athletes possible and this will help. My most sincere thanks go out to all of those people who made this lasting impact possible."

Located along the left-field line and connected to the Miami Baseball dugout, the Legacy Project at Hayden Park will encompass more than 10,000 square-feet on two levels. Its exterior will meld seamlessly into the rest of the complex, while its interior will include long-overdue and significantly upgraded locker room facilities and coaches' offices, as well as training and equipment rooms. The highlight will be a museum-quality reception area that will house the rich baseball tradition of both Miami and the region.

“This project is of the utmost importance as our baseball program takes the next step,” Director of Intercollegate Athletics David Sayler said. “My sincere thanks go out to the Board of Trustees and President Hodge for giving this project a green light. Additionally, I want to express my deepest gratitude to our alumni and donors who made this possible through their incredible generosity.”

The total cost for the project is $3 million, all of which is privately funded and has already been raised to cover the costs.

This facility, combined with the new indoor sports center, will allow the baseball team to train year-round.

Construction will begin following the 2014 season and is expected to be finished prior to the 2015 campaign.