Kentucky breaks ground at site of new baseball stadium –

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Coach Nick Mingione, athletic director Mitch Barnhart and other Kentucky administrators put foot to shovel Thursday afternoon to break ground at the site of the Wildcats’ new baseball stadium.

Dirt was already starting to pile up and construction equipment has arrived at the site — just off Alumni Drive next to the soccer complex. The stadium is expected to be ready in time for the 2019 season. It’ll take $49 million to build.

“We’ll have the best college baseball facility in the state of Kentucky and it will be one of the premier college baseball facilities in the country,” Mingione said. “Will it be the biggest? Nope, it won’t be the biggest. But it will be the right one.”

Kentucky has played at Cliff Hagan Stadium since 1979. The new stadium is being ushered in with Mingione as the new face of the program. Mingione spent the last eight seasons as an assistant at Mississippi State. The Wildcats are off to a 4-5 start in his first year.

“We’ve tried really hard to match resources with the expectations we have for ourselves, that our coaches have, our student athletes have, but most importantly, that Big Blue Nation has,” Barnhart said. “We want to be able to compete at an incredibly high level. We hope that somewhere along the way we have an opportunity to put that ring on the fingers of some of those young people in Omaha.”

Watch: Mingione, Barnhart dig in 

Watch: Nick Mingione on the new stadium


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