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Construction in play at Binghamton for new baseball complex

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VESTAL (WBNG) -- Construction is underway at Binghamton University's baseball complex.

In February, Binghamton received 60 million dollars from an anonymous donor to completely transform the baseball facilities.

Construction started later than planned, due to the pandemic and initial bids coming in higher than expected. Ultimately, Binghamton Athletic Director Patrick Elliot said it was only delayed four to five weeks.

"With a project this complex and this big, you send bids out and sometimes you get information back perhaps, you know the interpretation of some of the items aren't exactly what you need," said Elliot. "Having kind of a reiteration of that is somewhat normal as I understand, just to kind of clarify the project."

Elliot is anticipating the entire project will be complete by January of 2023.

The construction taking place at Binghamton right now is subsurface work. The bleachers and dugouts have been removed from the stadium, in addition to everything else surrounding the field.

This is part of phase one of the project, which will feature a new clubhouse, offices and the stadium itself. Elliot said they expect that to be completed by January, 2022.

"That spring, we would be practicing here and we'd be opening it up," said Elliot.

Under phase two, a new indoor training facility will be built. Phase two will take an additional year to complete.

Elliot said he is relieved the significant project is finally underway.

"Just to be able to see some progress and change at a time when we're pretty much as a society you know, kind of stalled and certainly as an athletic department kind of paused right now," he said. "So it's good in that way."

The Binghamton baseball team is currently using NYSEG Stadium for practices. If there is a 2021 season, the team will play games there as well.

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