Sept. 26, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va.-The Kennedy Center baseball field at the Huntington YMCA is undergoing significant renovations, Marshall Athletics and the YMCA announced Thursday.
“The YMCA is grateful for the support of Marshall University to bring its non-conference home games to our Kennedy Center,” said Judge Dan O’Hanlon, YMCA board president. “This will help in the development of the Kennedy Center as a youth sports facility for baseball, soccer, golf and swimming. It will allow Herd fans to watch Marshall play much closer to home.”
The YMCA project, which has secured some funding through grants, donations and lease payments from Marshall Athletics, will feature a FieldTurf infield, a laser grading and re-sodding of the outfield and a new drainage and sprinkler system.
“I’d like to thank Judge Dan O’Hanlon and the Huntington YMCA Board of Directors for their help with this project,” said Marshall Director of Athletics Mike Hamrick. “These upgrades will greatly enhance the athletic experience for not only our student-athletes, but everyone in the city of Huntington. With the YMCA’s leadership, this provides a short-term solution for our baseball program by giving us a quality surface to practice and play our non-conference games.
The upgraded complex will not only benefit the Marshall baseball program, but also the Huntington Hounds, St. Joseph Catholic School and other community activities beginning this spring.