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Renovation Project Under Way on ESFC's Bruce Bochy Field
May 21, 2014 - Renovation of Bruce Bochy Field on Eastern Florida State College's Melbourne Campus has begun. The target date for completion of the upgraded baseball facility is January, 2015.
Updates include a new concession/press box, dugouts, fencing around the field, a backstop system and seating for 750.
The additions will complement the clubhouse completed prior to the 2012-2013 season thanks to the generosity of Bochy, a Brevard Community College (now Eastern Florida) graduate, a former All-American, and current two-time World Series champion manager of Major League Baseball's San Francisco Giants.
The baseball facility was named for Bochy in 2011.
The upgraded baseball facility will join the soccer playing and practice facilities completed on the Melbourne Campus prior to the 2013 season and eight new tennis courts being built north of the soccer complex. Target date for completion of the tennis courts for Eastern Florida's women's tennis team is January, 2015.
The soccer fields are home to Eastern Florida's women's and men's soccer teams, which both reached their respective national tournaments in 2013, and host the NJCAA Division I Women's National Championship Tournament through 2016. The tournament brings an estimated $1 million in economic impact for Brevard County.
The soccer complex also hosted the Florida High School Athletic Association girls and boys state championship tournaments in February.
"We are very excited to be moving forward with the baseball upgrades," said Eastern Florida Associate Vice President for Athletics Jeff Carr. "Once again the upgrades and additions to our athletics programs and facilities would not be possible without the support of our college president Dr. Jim Richey and the Board of Trustees.
"We hope the baseball facility and the tennis courts will, like the soccer complex and the wood floor and upgrades to our gym, become a resource to benefit not only the college but the community as well."