OXFORD, Ohio – Prior to Saturday’s Miami baseball game against Toledo, members of the program’s illustrious past and promising present gathered to see the first shovels dug into the ground for the Legacy Project at Hayden Park.

Director of Athletics David Sayler joined head coach Danny Hayden along with several prominent figures involved in the project put on their hard hats and dug into the foundation at Hayden Park. Also grabbing shovels were Legacy Project Manager Robert Bell, Legacy Project Locker Chairman Buddy Schultz, Legacy Project supporter and founder of the Miami Baseball Player’s Alumni Association Don Crain, Legacy Project supporter and MBPAA President Jim Samocki along with Legacy Project supporter Jay Hayden.

The Legacy Project at Hayden Park, expected to be completed during the 2015 season, will be located along the left-field line of McKie Field at Hayden Park and will include new locker room facilities, coaches offices and training and equipment rooms. Keying the fundraising effort was a $1 million matching gift from the family of Joseph P. Hayden (Jr. and III). More than 70 donors, including alumni, parents and friends of Miami Baseball, have contributed $3 million to the effort.

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