Construction Under Way on Kirkland Complex

New dugouts are part of the first phases of construction on the Kirkland Complex.
New dugouts are part of the first phases of construction on the Kirkland Complex.

WILMORE, Ky. — Construction on the new Kirkland Complex, a renovation of Asbury University’s baseball and softball facilities, has begun and promises to move quickly in the next few weeks.

Phases I and II of the project — at a cost of $1.6 million — include improvements for baseball and softball in areas such as: lighting; dugout upgrades; new fencing, backstop and warning tracks. Additional improvements for softball include bleacher and press box upgrades and baseball will receive a laser-graded field with new sod, press box and stadium seating.

“Improved facilities are very important for us to take our program to the next level,” said Baseball Coach Bob Silvanik. “And for us, that doesn’t always mean success on the baseball field, but a bigger platform for us to shine the light of Christ in the world through our baseball ministry.”

The complex is named in honor of Dr. Jiles E. Kirkland, a 1950 graduate of Asbury University. Kirkland served for 46 years as a United Methodist pastor and as the district superintendent of the Sarasota (Fla.) district. He holds degrees from Asbury and Garrett-Evangelical Seminary, as well as honorary doctorates from Asbury and Bethune-Cookman College. In 2008, he was awarded Asbury’s A Award for distinguished professional achievement and has served on the institution’s Board of Trustees.

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In 1986, the baseball and softball fields were named in honor of Professor Cecil C. Zweifel, founder of Asbury University athletics, and will retain the name Zweifel Fields.

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