PERKINSTON, MS (WLOX) - Gulf Coast Bulldogs head coach Rodney Batts had a look of pride as he watched his team take pregame warm ups on Saturday in the brand-new baseball stadium. Ken "Curly" Farris Field officially opened with a double-header between the home standing Bulldogs and visiting Illinois Central.
One look at the new complex and you come away impressed. There's 467 seats, including 66 chairback seats located behind home plate. There's a lush grassy area where fans can place tents or sit on a blanket and enjoy the action. The dugouts are first-rate.
Mississippi Gulf Coast athletic director Robin Jeffries says the new facility will only enhance baseball in Perkinston.
Jeffries said, "When people walk on this campus and they look at the facility and it's best to none. So, it really helps in recruiting."
Last year, Mississippi Gulf Coast unveiled the what is considered the finest Athletic/Education football complex in the entire state, maybe the entire nation in the community college ranks.
The Perkinston campus has been upgrading most of their athletic facilities. Mississippi Gulf Coast Vice President Ladd Taylor says the college is determined to excel in the classroom and on the field of competition.
"We're very proud of this new baseball complex, "stated Taylor. "The stadium, it came together real nice and you're right it does compliment what we've done with football. What we've done with soccer. What we've done with tennis and what we've in the process of doing with softball right now. It's just an exciting time be be here in athletics."
There's also a possibility that MGCCC will build a new basketball facility in the very near future.