July 9, 2020

Stevens County Times

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Chizek field gets another face lift

Last fall, the Morris Baseball Association began construction on another facelift to Chizek Field in the form of a new backstop, which was completed recently.

“Jim Riley and Sons did all the dirt work and volunteers from the Morris Baseball Association provided the labor. This project was completed this spring,” MBA President Rob Jergenson said.

Also at the field, new concrete has been laid around the concession stand up to the backstop wall. Thanks to the City of Morris, the parking lot at Eagles Ballpark is also getting a facelift with curb, gutter and asphalt paving.

“The City of Morris is leading this project and it should be completed in the near future. The Baseball Association is very thankful to Blaine Hill and the City for completing this part of the project,” Jergenson said.

Volunteers with MBA put in countless hours of labor to make this ballpark project a success, Jergenson said.

These upgrades are only going to make the fan experience better. It will also help “sell” Morris as a venue for bigger baseball tournaments.

“(These upgrades are) a great way to get other teams into town to play baseball and support our community. This includes teams for our youth tournaments all the way up to our town team tournament. It will also give Morris some leverage to host more high school playoff games,” Jergenson said.

The upgrades will also benefit the University of Minnesota Morris Cougar baseball team as the Cougars will begin playing their home games at Chizek in Spring 2021.

Brooke Kern