USF softball may call Clearwater home in 2010
USF softball is prepared to play all of its 2010 home games in Clearwater if it speeds up construction of a new softball stadium and football practice fields next spring.
The Bulls are already booked to play 19 games at Clearwater's E.C. Moore Complex, where they will host four tournaments in February and March, bringing 75 college teams to Pinellas County. The Bulls played 10 games at the Moore Complex last season as part of two tournaments they regularly host there.
Mike Lockwood, recreation superintendent for the City of Clearwater, said Wednesday that USF had contacted his office to check on the availability of the softball complex for the remainder of the schedule. The Bulls likely would host 10 or 12 Big East games in Clearwater this spring, in addition to a few midweek games during the season.
USF athletics is in the process of choosing from three design-build groups who have submitted bids to handle the construction of major facility upgrades, which also include a new baseball stadium and new basketball practice facility adjacent to the Sun Dome. If the chosen team can begin the building process this spring, USF would play softball in Clearwater to help start the projects sooner.