South Orange, N.J. - In continuing to enhance the student-athlete experience at Seton Hall University through facility transformation, the Department of Athletics has unveiled the completed renovations to Mike Sheppard, Sr. Field and four tennis courts within Ivy Hill Park in Newark.
The project, in conjunction with Essex County – the owner and operator of Ivy Hill Park, began in July and was completed this month.
“We are ecstatic to deliver first-class facilities to our softball and tennis teams as we continue to place a priority on the student-athlete experience,” Seton Hall Vice President and Director of Athletics & Recreation Pat Lyons said. “With the improvements we have made, we feel that we have given our student-athletes a home field advantage and have given recruits another reason to choose Seton Hall University.”
Mike Sheppard, Sr. Field has been the home for Pirates softball since 2005. The field is named for the legendary Pirates baseball head coach who led Seton Hall to 12 NCAA Tournament appearances and back-to-back College World Series berths in 1974-75. Improvements made to the facility include: brand new synthetic turf both on the infield and the outfield; raised bleachers that have increased the capacity to 700 and will provide better viewing angles; a press box that will accommodate game operations as well as television and radio productions; batting cages within the bullpens for both home and away teams; bench seating and cubbies within each dugout.
The four tennis courts were completely rebuilt with a new playing surface, surface coating, fencing, nets and trash receptacles. The courts also include new lights.
Keeping its mission of providing a top-notch experience for its student-athletes in mind, Seton Hall Athletics continues to transform facilities, giving the Pirates some of the best spaces, not only in the BIG EAST, but the entire nation. Within just the last two years under Lyons, the athletics department has opened the Charles W. Doehler Academic Center, the Center for Sports Medicine, the new recreation & fitness center, the new Varsity Weight Room, the Varsity Film Room and the new Varsity Locker Rooms. In addition, a new LED scoreboard was added to Owen T. Carroll Field.
Construction is currently active on a men’s & women’s golf indoor lab, and construction on the Richie Regan Recreation Center lobby that will include a new Pirates Hall of Fame will commence soon.