Anonymous donor funds new baseball stadium for Binghamton University, SUNY school holds grand opening

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Published: Apr. 29, 2022 at 11:46 PM EDT
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VESTAL (WBNG) - While the Binghamton Bearcats were up against UMBC April 29, Binghamton University held the grand opening for their new baseball facility.

“The donor who gave us this money wanted to see something that no other university had. He really wanted this to set us apart,” said BU President Harvey Stenger.

The donation amounted to $60 million and the president said it’s officially the largest gift for the university.

“We used only his donor money to build it, we didn’t have to use any other expenses to pay for it,” said President Stenger.

Interim Director of Athletics Dennis Kalina reflected on the timeline to get to this point. “The concept was probably about four years ago. From there, the generous family had an idea and a vision for what Binghamton baseball could look like. That started the ball rolling about what can we do to really transform the baseball program into a contender for not only the American East, but for regional and national recognition.”

When it comes to the transformation, the SUNY school has been able to construct a new stadium, clubhouse, and indoor training facility. Other amenities to enhance the athlete and community experience include more seating for fans, batting cages, locker rooms, coach offices, a training room, and more.

“The team just yesterday moved into the locker room,” said President Stenger.

The donation’s vision doesn’t stop here since there’s a phase two in the works. “We’re going to build another part to this. There’s a phase two, which will be an indoor field house the baseball team will be able to use but other teams will be able to use it as well,” said President Stenger.

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