FEB. 15, 2001
Contact: Lynn Stewart
or Abbey Broussard, Centenary News Service,
318-869-5120 or 869-5709,
Sports Information Director, 318-869-5092
W. Peyton Shehee, Jr. Baseball Stadium at Feb. 15 Celebration
-- Rain forced the celebration indoors but it didn't dampen the spirits
of those celebrating the grand opening and dedication of Centenary College's
new baseball stadium.
Instead, modern technology
brought images and fireworks indoors for the indoor dedication and "virtual
unveiling" in honor of the W. Peyton Shehee, Jr. Stadium during the 2:30
p.m. ceremony today (Thursday, Feb. 15) in the college's Carlile Auditorium.
Dr. Kenneth L. Schwab,
president, and William G. Anderson, chairman of the Centenary Board of
Trustees, presided over the ceremony honoring Shehee and his family, which
includes several members who are alumni and long-time supporters of Centenary.
"Peyton is especially
fond of Centenary athletics," President Schwab said. "Because of
his generosity, we have been able to construct this new stadium."
Schwab also noted that Shehee has previously been instrumental in renovations
to Centenary Park during the past several years, including the installation
of permanent lights at the Softball Complex, "making the Ladies' home a
Also speaking during
the dedication were Dr. David Bedard, director of athletics; Ed McCann,
head baseball coach; and student Blane Sessions, a member of the baseball
"Our new baseball stadium
will certainly help Centenary athletics, both in recruiting good players
and attracting quality opponents," said Bedard.
While the number of
seats remains about the same as before, the former box seats and bleachers
have been replaced with an elevated grandstand shaded by a press box and
protective overhead netting. The two outer sections have bleacher-style
seating, with one side including a wheelchair-accessible ramp and seating.
The middle section is equipped with individual seatbacks. A new surround
sound speaker system frames the stadium and a new gate and sign is placed
at the entrance.
The new press box,
carpeted and air conditioned, has life-size sliding windows and is divided
into three sections. The two outside sections can accommodate live
radio broadcasts, television cameras and visiting dignitaries. The
center section houses the new public address system, announcer, scoreboard
operator, statistics personnel and music controller. Also new is
a padded brick wall extending to each dugout and separating the stadium
from the playing field. The dugouts are also newly painted.
Along with the new
stadium, the baseball facility and several parts of the Centenary Athletic
Complex have undergone a facelift and upgrade. Through the efforts
of Wilhite Electric and baseball supporters Mike McCarthy and Mike Collier,
state-of-the-art lights have been added Around the field and inside
the newly enclosed batting cages. Between the baseball field and
the adjoining soccer and softball fields, a new building is under construction.
It will house a concession area and restrooms.
The Shehee Stadium
and related projects were completed during the past year as projects of
The Newman Partnership, architects; McInnis Brothers Construction, Inc.;
Southern Bleacher Co.; Wilhite Electric Co., and Claiborne Sharp Professional
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