USF Baseball to play home game at Sioux Falls Stadium
SIOUX FALLS, SD -- The University of Sioux Falls Baseball Program has a new home.
In agreement with the Canaries Baseball Organization, USF will play their home game this spring at Sioux Falls Stadium (Birdcage).
"We are really pleased to develop a relationship with Canaries Baseball and Sioux Falls Stadium," said USF Director of Athletics Josh Snyder. "Moving our games to Sioux Falls Stadium is a great opportunity for our program and players. We will be located in a prime location that is close to campus and allow our students and our fans to have easy access to support Cougars baseball," he said.
"The Canaries organization is thrilled to be able to partner with the USF Baseball program," stated Canaries General Manager Duell Higbe. "We are excited to have the Cougars call the Birdcage their home, as well as showcase our beautiful park to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
The stadium, which is 52 years old (1964), has the capacity for 4,462 fans. The "Birdcage" features a walkway, two levels of split seating, which enables fans a great seat no matter the location of the seat. Renovations in the late 1990's included new luxury box suites, an expanded picnic area and a new grass berm down the third base line. The ballpark exterior features two ticket entrances and a beautiful brick wall around the outside.
"Our baseball team is really looking forward to playing in the Birdcage," said USF's first year head coach Grant Hieb. "It will be a great location for our growing program and help recruiting as our student-athletes will now get to play in a beautiful, professional baseball stadium," he said.
A year ago, the USF baseball team had 21 wins and advanced to the NSIC Tournament for the first time. USF, which returns eight starters and 25 letter winners, will open their home season against Pittsburg State (Kan.) on Feb. 11-12. USF's home opener will be against St. Cloud State on March 18 at at Sioux Falls Stadium.