Editor’s note: The Sports Journal (via Purdue University) was the first media outlet to report this story on October 20, but it only became official on October 28 after all parties signed contracts.
The Purdue University and the Ohio University baseball teams will take the field at Kokomo Municipal Stadium for a three-game set in March 2016. The Boilermakers and the Bobcats will play March 18, 19 and 20 at the stadium in non-conference action.
Purdue baseball coach Doug Schreiber said that Kokomo Municipal Stadium is a natural fit for the Boilers and it offers advantages for March baseball in Indiana.
“We are excited to be able to play so close to home early in the season,” Schreiber said. “Our season starts in February and we have to head south. This will be the first opportunity for us to play close to home.”
Schreiber also pointed to the turf at KMS as being a benefit.
“With the weather in Indiana, you never know what you are going to get,” Schreiber said. “So this state-of-the-art stadium is a great place to play for us.”
Mayor Greg Goodnight sees this as just another great use of the stadium.
“Since the stadium is used primarily for collegiate-level baseball, this is a perfect extension,” Goodnight said. “Our fans get to see top-level collegiate baseball up close with a Big Ten team. It shines a spotlight on a great facility and the outside visitors will have a positive economic impact.”
Kokomo Municipal Stadium, home of the Prospect League’s Kokomo Jackrabbits, was named best summer-collegiate ballpark in June by Ballparkdigest.com.
The Jackrabbits are thrilled to see other collegiate baseball at the stadium as well.
“It is always nice to see other events there,” said Kokomo Jackrabbits general manager John Perszyk. “It will bring more people from the surrounding area into the city, which is our goal. There are plenty of Purdue alumni in the area as well.”
Courtesy of the City of Kokomo