OXFORD, Ohio - The family of Joseph P. Hayden (Jr. and III) has established the lead gift of $1 million toward the construction of the Baseball Legacy Project at Miami University, Director of Athletics Dr. Brad Bates announced today. The project, estimated at $2.4 million, will add a baseball facilities building to McKie Field at Hayden Park.
Located along the left-field line and connected to the Miami Baseball dugout, the Legacy Project at Hayden Park would 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.
The Hayden family will match all new money raised for the project, up to $1 million, gifted by alumni and friends.
"The Hayden family epitomizes Love and Honor and their perpetual support for Miami University has been an investment in our future leaders," Bates said. "Generations of Miamians will thrive in their experience in Oxford because of the generosity of an extraordinary family. We are forever grateful for their support, commitments and passion for this exceptional University."
Stanley G. McKie Field at Joseph P. Hayden Jr. Park was dedicated on March 24, 2002, providing Miami University Baseball a home worthy of its proud tradition. In addition to a gorgeous baseball setting, the facility provided heated dugouts with restrooms and the Lohnes Family Indoor Hitting facility-both of critical importance to a northern-climate baseball program.
The Park, which seats approximately 1,000, also includes the fully operational Dave Young Press Box, a 12-seat suite, the Walter "Smokey" Alston Room, a showcase digital scoreboard and a picnic area down the right-field line.
McKie Field at Hayden Park creates a game day atmosphere that rivals any in the region, and its facilities have greatly enhanced Miami's ability to prepare for the increasingly competitive Mid-American Conference.
"This is a great day in the history of the Miami baseball program," Head Coach Dan Simonds said. "This project will truly make Hayden Park one of the premier facilities in the Midwest. The Hayden Family has given us an opportunity to not only move our program forward, but to allow many others to be involved in this tremendous venture. I know I speak on behalf of our entire athletic department in expressing our gratitude for their generosity."
Construction is expected to begin after the 2013 season, with completion anticipated in 2014.