VIDEO: 'Curtis Granderson Stadium'
Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson is helping to fund a new ballpark at his alma mater, the University of Illinois-Chicago, and that new ballpark will be named in his honor.
Thanks to a hefty donation from alumnus and current Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson, the University of Illinois-Chicago is drastically improving its baseball facilities, reports Crain's Chicago Business.
UIC will construct a stadium around its existing baseball field and, in the process, triple the current seating capacity. The new facility will, fittingly, be known as "Curtis Granderson Stadium."
On Wednesday, Granderson took part in the official announcement:
Looks pretty nifty. And good on Mr. Granderson, who, as they say, is as accomplished off the field as he is on it.
As for Curtis Granderson Stadium, construction should begin in the Fall of this year, and it should be opened in time for the 2014 or 2015 season.
In addition to announcing plans for the new stadium, Granderson's No. 28 was retired by UIC, where he played from 2000 to 2002.
Crain's notes that Granderson also makes his offseason home in Chicago.
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