Who: Members of the MSSU Baseball
Advisory Committee, in collaboration with MSSU and the Missouri
Southern Foundation, have initiated a fundraising campaign to build
a baseball stadium on the campus of Missouri Southern State
What: At an estimated cost of
$2.5 million, the new facility will include amenities for players
and fans alike.
state-of-the-art synthetic turf field to address weather and
dugouts with bathrooms
batting cages and bullpens
fan seating for 500, enabling us to host NCAA regional and
a press box
a modern concessions area
ADA compliant seating and restrooms
a viewing deck that can be used by student, community, and
When: The goal is to start play in the
new stadium in 2015.
Where: The new stadium will be built to the
east of Fred G. Hughes Stadium (football) and adjacent to the MSSU
Why Now: It is a goal of the MSSU
Athletics Department to provide each student-athlete with the best
possible collegiate experience. For our baseball program,
that means enabling the student-athletes to play games on their
campus, in a stadium they can call their own.
After beginning the program on the flood plains of the MSSU
campus, the baseball Lions have called Joe Becker Stadium home for
many years. This historic site has been a wonderful place to play
and it holds many special memories. Playing games at Joe Becker has
not been without challenges, however. The distance from campus
presents transportation problems for players and students alike.
There are no training facilities for injured players. And sharing
the field with other programs sometimes means weather-postponed
games are played on the opponent’s field instead of in
Joplin, putting additional strain on classroom time and budgets as
well as lost tax revenue for the city.
The new stadium will demonstrate a commitment to baseball and
will honor the Lion tradition. Because we want to share our new
stadium, it will also help the community by providing a
state-of-the-art facility that can be used by area teams and can
help host events such as Premier Baseball, which brings hundreds of
players and their families to the area.
Total Left to Raise:
Start: Need 75
percent of total cost pledged to begin construction (An additional
secured the matching gift of $250,000 from the Robert W. Plaster