One of the expressed missions of the University of Alabama Department of Athletics is to provide its student-athletes with the finest facilities possible to ensure they have the opportunity to compete for championships on the conference as well as national level. In order for the Crimson Tide to achieve its goals for its oldest sport, the restructuring of Sewell-Thomas Stadium is a top priority.
The last major renovation to Sewell-Thomas occurred in the late 1990s. While considered serviceable at the time, it lacks many fan and player amenities that the newer ballparks in the SEC and other baseball powers contain. A number of recent surveys of SEC baseball stadiums rank the current configuration of Sewell-Thomas near the bottom of the conference. Construction of the new Sewell-Thomas Stadium is underway to ensure the University of Alabama is at the forefront once again.
The design for the anticipated new home for Alabama Baseball will enhance the game day experience for players, fans, and VIPs. The design calls for a stadium with three levels (field, concourse, and luxury) and will include a large canopy, new concession areas, a team store, skyboxes, clubs, a new press box, and an Alabama Baseball Hall of Fame. Additionally, a free-standing batting facility and a new family area complete with playground and outfield gathering areas providing better entertainment value and a baseball atmosphere for our fans and their families.
Our goal is to provide Alabama Baseball with the facility it needs to compete for championships. The cost of this stadium project is approximately $42 million of which the Crimson Tide Foundation must raise a minimum of $20 million through private donor support.