Baseball Team To Remain at Nat Buring Stadium
Oct. 19, 2000
Memphis, TN - The University of Memphis baseball team will not be moving to Tim McCarver Stadium to plays its games in the future. Instead, a project to renovate Nat Buring Stadium, which is located on the University's south campus, will be kicked off immediately.
"Rick Masson (Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Memphis) has been very cooperative," said Memphis Athletics Director R.C. Johnson. "He has tried to be helpful in every way, but it will be just too costly for the city and for the U of M to renovate the current facility (Tim McCarver Stadium) and get it up to playing standards.
"In addition, the City does not want to offer a lease longer than five years and we can't afford move unless its on a long term basis. Therefore, we will move on with our renovation plans for Nat Buring Stadium."
The City of Memphis has owned and maintained Tim McCarver Stadium since its construction in 1963. The facility was built as an American Legion field and remained as such until professional baseball returned to Memphis in 1968.
"The City of Memphis is not in a position to make a long term commitment to Tim McCarver Stadium," said Masson. "We would have liked to have had Memphis play its baseball games there but it is just not feasible at this time."
Nat Buring Stadium has been the home of the Tiger baseball program since the 1972 season. New Tiger coach Dave Anderson played his collegiate games at Nat Buring and over the years, Memphis teams have posted a 571-204 record at the south campus facility.
"There is a great deal of tradition at Nat Buring and I want to carry on with building on that tradition," said Anderson. "We want to continue to play on campus and we have the land and space available to do some very nice things at our field."
The plans call for a new locker room to be constructed for the home team, as well as for the leveling and redirection of the playing surface, a new watering system and new seating areas for fans.