$100K Cheney Foundation grant will fund new grandstand at University of Puget Sound baseball field

University of Puget Sound baseball fans will enjoy the game more than ever next season when they take their seats in a brand-new, elevated spectator stand, thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Ben B. Cheney Foundation. The expanded 264-seat grandstand—with a new press box—will upgrade the current spectator seating by increasing fans’ visibility of the game and improving access and safety, according to University of Puget Sound officials.

“The new seating configuration and press box will offer our fans improved sightlines and create a great setting to take in a game and cheer on the Loggers!” said Amy Hackett, director of physical education and intercollegiate athletics and recreation at the University of Puget Sound. “We appreciate the generosity of the Ben B. Cheney Foundation for its long-standing support of Logger athletics.”

“I am incredibly grateful to the Cheney Foundation for the support they have shown to Puget Sound and the baseball program in particular,” added University of Puget Sound Loggers baseball coach Jeff Halstead. “We have always had one of the best playing surfaces. The new spectator stand will really bring the entire complex up to the same high standard.”

The baseball diamond—located on Union Avenue, just south of the North 11th Street parking lot—is widely used by the Logger baseball team, as well as by summer youth camps and community summer teams, including the Cheney Studs. The field was built and dedicated in 2000.

“The Logger baseball team is a source of pride for both the college and the community, so we are delighted to help ensure that the fans get the best experience possible,” said Ben. B. Cheney Foundation Executive Director Brad Cheney.

The new addition will be ready for the 2016 season, which starts in February.

More information is available online here.

The Loggers baseball diamond at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. (PHOTO COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF PUGET SOUND)

The Loggers baseball diamond at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. (PHOTO COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF PUGET SOUND)