CSU debuts new baseball stadium

Albany State vs. CSU at CSU's new stadium
Published: Feb. 11, 2016 at 3:55 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 17, 2016 at 8:21 PM EST
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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Wednesday night marked Columbus State's home opener at newly renovated Burger King Stadium at Ragsdale Field. But how was this renovation made possible?

"Most importantly Mr. Todd Schuster and Schuster enterprises, their family has been so generous over the years, Burger King which adorns this stadium.  It has been so important to us and our growth as an athletic department," said CSU's Athletic Director Todd Reeser. 

The $1.2 million renovation completely transformed CSU's baseball facility with a brand new jumbo tron, new concourse and rather than the old bleacher seating, over 550 padded back seats.

"Just very comfortable and the cantilever roof gives us a little shade, although today we wouldn't mind have a retractable, it is beautiful and at night it looks great," said Reeser. 

Reeser says the newly renovated stadium makes the statement that the nationally-ranked Cougars are looking to return to their national championship form from 2002.

"That we are serious about competitive baseball, that we can talk commitment we can also show it," Reeser said. "And this absolutely shows we are serious about success. And not only the success of the team but the success of our student athletes."

The opponent in town for the unveiling of this new stadium was Albany State. The Cougars and Golden Rams played a heck of a game - the Rams scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning to take a 7 to 6 lead.

Then CSU came back in the bottom of the ninth, winning on a walk off double off the wall in left center by third baseman Blake Edwards.

The Cougars won the opener of the new stadium 8-7 bringing them to 3-1.

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