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NACC to Break Ground on New Softball Facility August 8, 2023

July 31, 2023

Pictured above is a rendering of NACC's upcoming softball facility.

Dr. David Campbell, President of Northeast Alabama Community College, is proud to announce a groundbreaking ceremony for NACC’s new women’s softball facility will take place on Tuesday, August 8, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. The event will be held on campus at the facility’s construction site, located by the walking and nature trail.

The softball stadium will be a $7-8 million state-of-the-art facility. The stadium will be lighted to allow for late afternoon and evening games and will have artificial turf in both the infield and outfield. Locker rooms and a training facility will also be included on-site.

Sports Turf is the contractor for the project. Architecture services are being provided by McKee & Associates of Montgomery, Alabama. McKee & Associates have designed stadiums for other schools, including Auburn University, Troy University, and Jacksonville State University.

"We are very happy to bring women's softball to the college level," stated NACC President Dr. David Campbell.  "There is much excitement in our area in anticipation of our starting a women's softball program at Northeast. I am a real fan of women's softball myself."

As noted by NACC President Dr. David Campbell, the stadium will be located near the popular campus walking/nature trail, and the college has plans to make the entire area a recreational/picnic area for Northeast students, staff, and the community.

Dr. Campbell also included a word of thanks to those who supported this project, saying, "We owe it to our Legislators, particularly Speaker of the House Representative Nathaniel Ledbetter, for their support financing our women's softball stadium, and of course Senator Steve Livingston and Representative Mike Kirkland.  We thank our System Chancellor, Dr. Jimmy Baker, for the authorization of our program."

The college plans for the NACC Mustangs Softball team to compete in the fall of 2024. Coach Joe Guthrie was recently hired as Head Coach of the team. In a recent interview with the Jackson County Sentinel, Guthrie says he was intrigued by a sketch of NACC’s proposed stadium he saw on social media. “That caught my attention,” he said. “You saw that the school was committed, that (this new program) has the financial support and the support from the (administration). You saw that these people had their ducks in a row.”


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