WSU, Southeast Technical partnering to develop a baseball field on Winona Campus
Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical and Winona State University are partnering to assess the feasibility of developing a seven-acre parcel of land on the Southeast Technical Winona campus as the new location for WSU's baseball field.
A community meeting is planned to discuss the proposal, answer questions and gather input. Please join us!
Tuesday, October 13
Southeast Technical Winona Campus
"This is a great opportunity for WSU and Southeast Technical to build on the services we already share and collaborate on a community project together," said Southeast Technical President Dr. Dorothy Duran. "It's mutually beneficial for Southeast Technical to make use of our assets in exchange for services provided by WSU."
Dr. Scott R. Olson, WSU President, echoed Duran's comments. "This is a wonderful example of collaboration between two sister institutions," said Olson. "We're thinking and working together differently, and making use of valuable shared assets."
Currently the baselines at WSU's Loughrey Field do not meet NCAA standards. A new location for WSU's baseball field will allow the Warriors baseball team to host regional and national NCAA competition, attracting tourism to Winona and drawing additional income for Winona businesses.
The partnership would reflect an expansion of the shared services already in place between WSU and Southeast Technical. WSU currently provides security, human resources, institutional research, student health services, fitness facilities, and telephone technology for Southeast Technical.
WSU will lease the land from Southeast Technical and will be responsible for design, construction and maintenance of the new baseball field. The new field will include state-of-the-art green lighting that focuses on the playing field, permanent seating for about 700 spectators, a concession stand and public restrooms. The field also will have the potential for multi-use in the future.
The open field, located on the southeast side of the campus, is currently being used by WSU's rugby teams, whose practice and competition facilities will be relocated and upgraded.
Next steps for the project include preliminary land assessments of the property, followed by a design phase in which a plan will be developed and a timeline and construction schedule identified.