BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell will hold its first practice at the newly renovated Jim Perry Stadium Wednesday, February 8. Join us Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. for an open practice to preview the 2017 Camels and their new-look home.
Installation of Jim Perry Stadium's new playing surface was finished this week, completing a major portion of the renovation process.
The new turf field was installed by ProGrass Turf, a leader in the synthetic turf industry. ProGrass Turf created the ProGrass HR Baseball five-tool synthetic turf system by using a two inch pile height and three different infill mixtures. Together, these create a turf playing surface that replicates a natural baseball field's look and playability.
The fiber, working with the infill combinations, truly controls the speed of the ball off the bat and eliminates bad bounces. It's the baseball turf system to beat; providing durability, performance, aesthetics and feel – all in one system.
In addition to the new field, Jim and Daphne Perry Pavilion continues to take shape behind the Camels' home dugout. The project will supply additional seating while providing new offices for the entire baseball staff, a state-of-the-art locker room and new in-ground dugouts, a viewing deck, and provide a new home for the entire Campbell baseball operation.
Additionally, new padding on the outfield walls, as well as new foul polls have been installed during the process.
Jim Perry Stadium will also serve as the home of the Buies Creek Astros for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.
Following the 2012 season, the facility was renamed for Jim Perry, who played baseball and basketball for Campbell from 1956 to 1959. Perry pitched in Major League Baseball for 17 seasons, earning the 1970 American League Cy Young Award as a member of the Minnesota Twins.
Previously known as Taylor Field, the venue dates back to the 1940s and Campbell's junior college baseball days.
The Camels will open the 2017 season on February 17, hosting Northern Kentucky at Jim Perry Stadium.