CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. (Dec. 9, 2022) —Thomas More University’s softball field is getting a makeover. The University announces plans for extensive renovations to the current field and new construction, creating a state-of-the-art complex for its softball athletes. “This upgrade continues our commitment to elevating the reputation and brand of Thomas More Athletics as we begin our transition to the NCAA DII and to creating a student experience that is designed for success in the classroom and on the field,” says Thomas More University President Joseph L. Chillo, LP.D.
The improved field will continue to serve as the home of Thomas More University’s softball team, further enabling success in the University’s storied sports programs. The softball field’s location will remain the same, with selective demolition and improvements being made to and around it. Enhancements will be made to the field itself, including replacement of existing outfield grass with turf and side fencing. Many new additions will be added to create an upgraded complex including four turfed batting cages, two turfed bullpens, a new scoreboard, netting along the 3rd baseline, a new outfield fence with windscreen, a new backstop and netting, set bleachers, and concrete walkways.
The softball complex will also feature a new, free-standing, approximately 3,125 SF locker room and concessions building. The building is expected to be wood framed with a sloped, shingled roof, and masonry façade. General contractor proposals are currently being accepted for the softball project, with a selection and finalized agreement scheduled to take place in March 2023. The project is slated for completion in June 2024.
“I’m very excited for this facility upgrade that will greatly benefit our student athletes and coaches,” says Terry Connor, Thomas More athletic director. “Thomas More supports its large population of student athletes by ensuring that they have the best facilities and opportunities to succeed.”
Thomas More announced a major comprehensive fundraising campaign in Fall 2021 in support of a five-year strategic plan that includes enhanced athletic facilities for many of the Saints intercollegiate sports teams. In March of 2022, Thomas More University and the Florence Y’alls Baseball Club announced a partnership that resulted in the renaming of the home of the Florence Y’alls to “Thomas More Stadium.” As part of the agreement, the stadium also becomes the home of the Thomas More Saints’ baseball team starting in spring 2023. Renovations at Republic Bank Field and the surrounding track, home to the football, soccer, rugby, lacrosse, cross country, and track & field teams, were completed in 2021. Additional plans are in place for other facility upgrades that will positively affect additional Saints sports teams.
For more information about Thomas More University, visit www.thomasmore.edu.
About Thomas More University
For 100 years, Thomas More has created a university for the student who wants to Be More, Do More, Seek More, Win More, Achieve More, and Create More. Since its founding in 1921, Thomas More has provided a mission-driven, liberal arts education that is based in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. Students learn to harness the power of human reason to solve problems and discover truth, which allows them to begin the journey to become the person they were created to be. Entering into the second century, it’s time for More. Serving more than 2,000 students, Thomas More aspires to be the premier Catholic university in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region, build upon its excellent return on investment (ranked #1 among private universities/colleges in Kentucky by MSN Money in 2021 and ranked #2 for long term gain in Kentucky by a 2022 Georgetown University study) and share with this generation the transformative power of the Thomas More experience. To find out more, visit thomasmore.edu.
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