April 2, 2013
A new chapter began in Golden Gopher baseball history as the University of Minnesota Athletics department and the baseball program held a grand opening today at the newly constructed Siebert Field.
Mostly funded by private donors, Gopher donors had the opportunity to take photos with head coach John Anderson and Gopher alum and Siebert Field campaign chairman Paul Molitor.
As fans and supporters filed into the new field, a program was held at 12:15 p.m., just in front of home plate. Following president Eric W. Kaler's remarks, senior associate athletic director and sport administrator Marc Ryan spoke on behalf of the Gopher administration. An integral part of the Siebert Field building process, Coach Anderson was given a standing ovation before he spoke on getting the new facility that he and the program had hoped for so many years.
Following remarks from Molitor, senior catcher Kurt Schlangen talked about his experience and what the Siebert Field opening meant for current and future Gophers. As a member of Gopher baseball, Schlangen and his class have opened Target Field (2010), played their final games in both the old Siebert Field (2012) and Metrodome (2013) and look forward to opening the new Siebert Field on Friday.
Following the Gopher guest speakers, a ribbon ceremony took place to signify the start of a new Gopher baseball era. Many Gopher alums came to the event, including Minnesota Twins and Gopher alums, Glen Perkins and Cole De Vries. Also in attendance were some of the national championship teams. The Dugout Club provided food for the gathering in the tent area at the concourse.
Minnesota hosts Ohio State, April 5-7, at new Siebert. It will be the first three games played in the new facility. A limited number of tickets are still available for Friday's game. Purchase tickets here!
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