After its first 40-win season, the Campbell baseball program was already considered on the rise. On Monday, the Camels unveiled plans for another upgrade to the program – Jim Perry Stadium.
The stadium, which bears the name of the 1970 Cy Young Award winner, looks to be a perfect complement to the already bolstered baseball team.
“I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time,” Jim Perry said during a news conference. “This is a very special place for me and my wife. We came to Campbell College, now Campbell University, a long time ago. We met here. The good Lord above has given us the ability and the opportunity to give back and help Campbell University.”
The facility will hold up to 630 fans, with a grandstand that stretches from the visiting dugout to the home dugout.
Construction on the upgrades began last year when new gates were installed along with a new ticket booth, restroom and concession facility. Last month, the old grandstands were demolished along with the press box and concession stand.
The facilities upgrades, which amount to a new stadium, were pushed by coach Greg Goff, who believed a new stadium would generate more excitement for the surging team.
“Coach Greg Goff gets a great amount of credit for this for working tirelessly on this project,” athletics director Bob Roller said. “We look forward to enjoying many games at Jim Perry Stadium.”
Goff hasn’t been able to contain his excitement over the past few months and expressed his feelings.
“Every day I go out to the ballpark and see this process move forward,” Goff said. “The opportunity for our stadium to be named after Mr. Jim Perry is a great honor. Not only was he a great pitcher, but he is a great man.”
Construction of the new stadium benefits Goff when selling the program. He said he had received multiple text messages and emails throughout the morning congratulating him and got him excited about what the future might hold for the Camels.
“Everything has been so much easier now that we have this planned out,” Goff said. “It’s been so much easier to bring recruits to campus and show them what we’re working on here. We have 11 commitments already this year.
“With this new stadium we can show that we can get kids where they want to go as far as baseball is concerned.”
With a new stadium and a 41-win season – a Campbell record – Goff said the only challenge now is to sustain the success to keep the program moving forward.
“A lot of folks are starting to realize that they have a chance to compete for championships here,” Goff said. “It’s amazing what 41 wins and a new baseball stadium can do for you. But now we have to continue that and keep this program going up.”