While Cincinnati Reds fans are looking forward to the upcoming All-Star Game being played at Great American Ball Park, CJ baseball players and fans are excited to play ball again, thanks to major renovations at Howell Field.
The ball park had a significant facelift, with new fencing, infield dirt, dugouts and more, thanks in part to a $5 million commitment from the Reds and Major League Baseball to upgrade nine Greater Cincinnati ball fields.
"Dayton is in the heart of Reds' country and this project was one on the map," said Phil Castellini, COO of the Cincinnati Reds, during a dedication ceremony of Howell Field.
The field's press box also received significant upgrades and was re-named in honor of Dayton sports writer Hal McCoy, who attended the ceremony.
CJ baseball was well represented at the event, with players expressing their excitement about the renovations.
"Everything has really changed," said Stephen Hoendorf '16. "The dugouts, the press box, honestly the whole field is a lot better."
Shawn Steffan '16 agreed, "when you're playing on a big field and everything looks so amazing, it really inspires you to play more baseball."
Coach Mike Barhorst said the team takes pride in calling Howell Field home.
"We feel confident here. Now with the upgrades, we feel like we're playing in a really special place."
You can watch WRGT's coverage of the dedication ceremony below.