USF baseball likely playing off campus in '10
The construction of a new baseball stadium on USF's campus will likely force the Bulls to play their 2010 baseball season off-campus, with the Yankees' complex in Tampa, the University of Tampa baseball field and Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg as possible temporary homes.
USF's board of trustees on Thursday approved a financial proposal to cover $30 million in facility upgrades for USF's athletic department, with a new basketball practice facility, stadiums for baseball and softball and practice fields for the football team.
USF athletic director Doug Woolard said the university can minimize construction costs by having all work on the facilities done at once, but doing so will likely keep the Bulls from playing at Red McEwen Field.
Al Lang Field, the former spring training home of the Tampa Bay Rays, was host to the 2002 ACC baseball tournament. USF coach Lelo Prado has strong ties to the other two options -- he coached UT to two national championships and 278 wins from 1989-95, and his brother-in-law is former Yankees star Tino Martinez. The Bulls played a spring training exhibition at Steinbrenner Field against the Yankees in 2008.
USF is expected to make a decision as to the 2010 home of its baseball team later this month.