On May 26, 2018 the University of Florida Lady Gator Softball Team played their last game in the only home they have ever known. Fans, players and coaching staff bid Katie Seashole Pressly Softball Stadium, as they have known it for the last 21 years, a spectacular farewell with a walk-off home run. Sending the Lady Gators to their 9th appearance in the Women’s College World Series. Although the season would end a few days later with a tough loss to #4 Oklahoma, there is still much excitement in store for 2018.
Knock it Down and Build it Better
Today’s demolition of the KSP Stadium begins the work to bring to life a newly renovated and expanded home for Gator Softball. The Team at Scorpio has been hard at work since the University Athletic Association awarded the contract in September 2017. Our early involvement and focused commitment ensured the time line for this intensive transformation began immediately after post season play completed. Today’s demolition is the result of months of preparation and collaboration with Head Coach Tim Walton, the University Athletic Association and the design team of Walker Architects and Populous, as well as countless craft and trade partners, ensuring every detail was examined and accounted for.
Scheduled to be completed early in the 2019 season, the new stadium will welcome back its players, staff and coaches with state-of-the art resources. A team lounge, new coaches’ offices, a film room, dedicated training facilities, a formal reception area and new locker rooms for the Lady Gators as well as visiting teams, are just some of the improvements. This championship program will soon have champion level facilities.
It’s All About the Fans
The $11 million project will include many features designed to enhance the experience of Gator Softball’s dedicated fans. The new stadium includes expanded visitor amenities and multiple shaded sections. All permanent seats feature chair backs and seating capacity will increase to over 2,800. Traditions will be preserved and celebrated as the aesthetics and graphical elements created to excite and inspire are featured throughout the ballpark. The up close and personal experience that Gator fans have grown to love is maintained and expanded with additional berm seating in the outfield.
Team Scorpio is truly humbled to be part of the tradition of excellence that is the Gator Nation. We are excited to exceed the expectations of everyone already anxiously awaiting the opening in 2019. It is certain to be (almost) as exciting as another National Championship. For Team Scorpio, today is our first at-bat with the title on the line. We hope you are ready to see us hit a walk-off home run to deliver. Because, let’s face it, that’s just what Gators do.
Footage of the progress on Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium can be viewed at: #KSPRenovationWebCam