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‘Let’s do this right’: New indoor facility for Mississippi State softball set to open in 2023 – The Commercial Dispatch

Annie Willis will never get to take advantage of the Mississippi State softball team’s new indoor facility.

But the Bulldogs’ ace pitcher — in her final year of college softball at MSU — is still glad to know the school is making an investment in the program.

“It’s amazing to see, even though I may not get to play in it,” Willis said Thursday.

She won’t, as the new facility won’t open until the summer of 2023. Construction will begin in June — after Mississippi State hosts an NCAA Super Regional this Friday to Sunday against Arizona.

But when the new 12,000-square-foot, $7 million building finally opens, it will have “everything possible that we need,” coach Samantha Ricketts said Thursday.

“At Mississippi State, we are completely committed to providing our teams with the best resources possible in order to compete for championships,” athletic director John Cohen said in a news release Wednesday. “This new facility does just that for our softball program. In combination with Nusz Park, this project continues to solidify Mississippi State as one of the best places in the nation to play college softball.”

Team meeting rooms, a nutrition station, a locker room, a training room, a film room and an equipment room will all be under one roof. It’ll save the Bulldogs from having to visit various locations on campus.

The new facility will contain “everything right now that we don’t have on site, that we’re having to kind of walk around campus to get to,” Ricketts said. “One stop for softball and softball only.”

Mississippi State’s locker rooms are currently located under the grandstand at Nusz Park. They will move into the new facility, and the old one will be torn down.
Ricketts said MSU athletic administration discussed other options but eventually settled on the final plan.

“It’s been in the works for a while now,” she said. “Ultimately, the decision from John Cohen and everyone in between was, ‘Let’s do this right. Let’s do it the right way and do something we’re going to be proud of.’”

Dale Partners Architects designed the new facility, and Oxford-based Innovative Construction Management will manage construction.

Junior third baseman Paige Cook said she’s glad to see Mississippi State make an investment in the program, which qualified for its first-ever Super Regional.

“It’s really nice knowing how much our program’s been growing over the years and seeing it all just unfold, especially recently,” she said. “I might only have possibly one year playing in it, but it’s just going to be really exciting to have something new for us one year, along with our future Bulldogs.”

Ricketts said the new facility is a way for her and the Bulldogs’ coaching staff to boost recruiting. Again, the brand-new building won’t open for another full season — MSU will play in 2023 while construction is in progress — but Wednesday’s announcement alone could be enough.

“It’s another way for us to continue to show recruits that they can come to Mississippi State and be great in this environment and with these facilities and this administration that’s really going to buy into this program,” Ricketts said.

Theo DeRosa reports on Mississippi State sports for The Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter at @Theo_DeRosa.

Source: https://cdispatch.com/sports/2022-05-27/lets-do-this-right-new-indoor-facility-for-mississippi-state-softball-set-to-open-in-2023/

Annie Willis will never get to take advantage of the Mississippi State softball team’s new indoor facility.

But the Bulldogs’ ace pitcher — in her final year of college softball at MSU — is still glad to know the school is making an investment in the program.

“It’s amazing to see, even though I may not get to play in it,” Willis said Thursday.

She won’t, as the new facility won’t open until the summer of 2023. Construction will begin in June — after Mississippi State hosts an NCAA Super Regional this Friday to Sunday against Arizona.

But when the new 12,000-square-foot, $7 million building finally opens, it will have “everyth…….

Annie Willis will never get to take advantage of the Mississippi State softball team’s new indoor facility.

But the Bulldogs’ ace pitcher — in her final year of college softball at MSU — is still glad to know the school is making an investment in the program.

“It’s amazing to see, even though I may not get to play in it,” Willis said Thursday.

She won’t, as the new facility won’t open until the summer of 2023. Construction will begin in June — after Mississippi State hosts an NCAA Super Regional this Friday to Sunday against Arizona.

But when the new 12,000-square-foot, $7 million building finally opens, it will have “everyth…….

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