Baseball, Softball Announce Hitting Facility Construction

Baseball, Softball Announce Hitting Facility Construction

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard Athletics recently announced plans to construct a state-of-the-art hitting facility for the Crimson baseball and softball programs. 

"I am pleased to share that Harvard Athletics has begun construction on the covered hitting and practice facility for our softball and baseball programs," said Bob Scalise, The John D. Nichols '53 Family Director of Athletics. 

In collaboration with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), Perry and Radford Architects of Cambridge (along with Activitas of Dedham) developed a concept which allows our students to practice hitting and pitching during inclement weather.  

The hitting facility will be a 6,500 sq.ft., three-seasons pavilion with artificial turf and five 15ft x 70ft retractable batting cages. The netting is also capable of being converted to one larger area for pitching and fielding practice.  The new batting cages will be constructed in the location of the existing batting cages, but will triple the size of the usable space for our teams and most importantly, will provide cover from the unpredictable New England weather. 

The current schedule calls for demolition of the existing cages and site preparation to begin this week. The utilities and foundation for the structure will be installed over the months of December and January, with the arrival and construction of the steel structure set for mid-February.  The goal for completion is mid-March, to be ready for the return of the softball and baseball programs from their southern and western trips.