Renovations at Western Carolina's Childress Field / Hennon Stadium

Renovation Article from the "Cats' Pause"

The facelift renovation project of Childress Field at Hennon Stadium began during July 2010 and continued through the fall and into the winter of 2011.

Beginning stages of the project included painting the entire facility including the "Purple Monster" down the left field line; installation of a centerfield batter's eye; refurbishing the dugouts and the addition of a brick facade behind home plate that stretches from dugout to dugout; Major League netting and re-seating the whole stadium. Two new rows of lower-level field box seating moves the new 36-inch brick backstop 14 feet closer to home plate. The Major League-style chair-back seats will replace the old chair-backs in the grandstand, and the metal bleachers will be covered with molded plastic seating.

Additional, a new Major League-quality backstop net stretches 156 feet in front of the grandstand seating and the rusted grandstand roof has been replaced.

The concession stand and rest rooms have been repainted and roofed following the red brick and ivy green color scheme, and the batting cage roof has been replaced.

The dugout benches have been replaced and new protective netting has been installed and new bins have been built for field material storage. A 48-inch brick wall will stretch from each dugout to the outfield fence down the left and right field lines.


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