Washington State University officially broke ground on the Cougar Baseball Facility Project: BTO (Back to Omaha) in a ceremony held at Bailey-Brayton Field on Oct. 19.

President Kirk Schulz, Director of Athletics Pat Chun and Cougar Head Baseball Coach Brian Green were joined by the current baseball team, Cougar baseball alumni, family and friends to officially break ground on the $10 million clubhouse facility and entrance to Bailey-Brayton Field.

“Our baseball program is steeped with rich history and tradition. We aspire to bring our beloved program back to the standard set by so many great alumni and coaches,” Chun said. “This new facility, combined with head coach Brian Green and our new coaching staff, will give our student-athletes the tools to create a championship caliber environment. We are thankful to the many donors to this project and look forward to the bright future of Washington State Baseball.”

“What an incredible opportunity for Cougar Baseball and what a tremendous day of accomplishment for Washington State University. It has been a total effort from the administration, past and present Cougar Alumni, coaches, players and supporters,” Green said. “Project: BTO already has and will continue to elevate Washington State Baseball in our efforts of returning the program to its proud state. We are honored and humbled to be here during an incredible time of momentum for the athletic department. We will work tirelessly to ensure that this project makes the impact that we know it can. Go Cougs!”

Private funding

The facility renovation and enhancement will cost approximately $10 million with 100 percent of the project costs covered through donor support.

The state-of-the-art facility will feature a 1,300 square-foot locker room, a 1,500 square-foot weight and cardio room, academic area, team meeting room, areas for Cougar equipment, nutrition and athletic medicine, coaches offices as well as recognition of Cougar Baseball’s storied history. In addition, the facility will enhance the game day experience for players, coaches and fans, and provide improved ingress and egress along with new public restrooms and concessions.

The facility renovation and enhancement will cost approximately $10 million with 100 percent of the project costs covered through donor support. Construction of Project: BTO will run through the 2020 season and is scheduled to be completed prior to the 2021 season.