GAINESVILLE, Florida. August 10, 2020 (Biz Republic) — A little over a year and a half after the project’s initial announcement, construction of Florida Ballpark at Alfred A. McKethan Field reached its conclusion earlier this month. While subcontractors will continue applying branded graphics, signage, and other aesthetic touches to the ballpark in the coming weeks, Brasfield & Gorrie, the University Athletic Association’s construction partner for the project, is celebrating the completion of their work on the new home of Gators Baseball.
“The University of Florida has always been home to some of the nation’s best athletic facilities, and they continue to improve,” said Brasfield & Gorrie Vice President and Division Manager Erik Sharpe. “Brasfield & Gorrie is honored to have worked in partnership with our trade partners to build a state-of-the-art facility for one of the nation’s best baseball teams—the Florida Gators. We also recognize the ballpark is an important step toward fulfilling the University Athletic Association’s Facilities Master Plan, and we are honored to play a substantial role in bringing that plan to life.”
Florida Ballpark will feature a 360-degree open concourse and seating, allowing fans to walk around the venue and choose their game day experience without ever losing sight of the action. Several Major League Baseball parks and TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, home of the College World Series, have similar layouts.
Brasfield & Gorrie has a large portfolio of projects, including several on or near the UF campus. The firm’s past projects with the UAA and UF include the renovation of Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center; the Gary Condron Family Indoor Practice Facility; the addition and renovation of the Florida Gymnastics facility; Infinity Hall at Innovation Square; the UF Health Ambulatory Care facility at Wildlight in Nassau County; and a new parking garage on the main Gainesville campus.
In addition, the firm has extensive experience with baseball projects, including work on SunTrust Park (now known as Truist Park), home of the Atlanta Braves; Regions Field in Birmingham, Alabama; North Augusta Ballpark in North Augusta, S.C.; and Phase 2 of the Hoover Metropolitan Complex in Hoover, Ala., which hosts the annual Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament.