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UALR plans new sports complex on donated land south of campus

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MORE COMING: A baseball field is planned near UALR's existing sports facility south of Asher.
  • MORE COMING: A baseball field is planned near UALR's existing sports facility south of Asher.

UALR today announced a land gift that will be used for a new baseball field and sports complex on former Coleman Dairy property south of the campus.

From a UALR release:

Members of the Coleman family, longtime owners and operators of the former Coleman Dairy, agreed to donate nearly eight acres of land in the area of the University Village Apartments and the Coleman Sports & Recreation Complex [a soccer and track and field facility on the south side of Asher Avenue]. A 10-acre property donation by the Coleman family in 2010, combined with land the university already owned, cleared the way for UALR to build its current sports complex.

... While it will take “several years” to implement the plan because it is dependent on private donations, the new sports facility will be a “great asset for all of our students and for the Department of Athletics,” said UALR Chancellor Joel E. Anderson.

The next step is the construction of a field house at the current Little Rock sports complex location, expanding the facility so that it eventually could host all Trojans teams except basketball, volleyball, and swimming, Athletic Director Chasse Conque said. The field house would provide locker space, offices, training facilities, and meeting areas at a convenient location on campus.

Plans for the baseball park include seating for about 1,500 — about 30 percent more than Gary Hogan Field, an off-campus location that has hosted the Trojans since the 1970s.

Conque said it’s too early at this point to speculate on a time frame or a cost, but the land donation was needed to even consider the project at the planned location. 

Brothers Walt, Bob, Charlie, and Cherb Coleman made the land donation. They'd been talking about selling it, but heard UALR plans to try to add a baseball field on its current property and decided to donate the land to help.

Conque said the expansion of facilities could help UALR in recruiting athletes and building winning teams.

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