Athletics Director Wood Selig said Friday that the Western baseball team’s new clubhouse will open to the players on Feb. 4, creating a “domino opportunity” for other teams to inherit locker room spaces.
Selig said the softball team would move out of the visiting locker room in Diddle Arena and into the old baseball locker room, and that the men’s and women’s tennis and golf teams would have space in Diddle and Smith Stadium for the first time.
With the $1 million clubhouse project at Nick Denes Field completed, Western can now focus on renovations to Diddle, including a Topper Club in the end zone of the arena.
Selig said construction on that would not begin until all Western sold the new Topper Club’s 142 seats. As of Friday, 42-44 were sold, according to Selig.
“I guess with the economy it hasn’t gone quite as briskly as we had hoped,” Selig said.
Opening day for the baseball Toppers is Feb. 19, one game of a three-day homestand with Kent State, leaving the team two weeks to get settled into their new home. Softball opens up at the South Alabama Tournament in Mobile, Ala., on Feb. 12.