Harvard athletics unveils Kaplan Family Hitting Pavilion on Sunday morning, April 22 (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard athletics along with the baseball and softball programs unveiled the completed Kaplan Family Hitting Pavilion on Sunday morning, April 22.
Situated between O'Donnell and Soldiers Fields, the 6,500-square foot facility celebrated its official opening prior to softball's single game against Dartmouth and baseball's contest with Brown.
"We are grateful to the Kaplan Family and to both the baseball and softball communities for rallying behind this project. Having a covered facility for batting practice and infield drills dramatically improves our teams' ability to train regardless of the weather," said Bob Scalise, The John D. Nichols '53 Family Director of Athletics. "Our teams remain resilient given the challenges of spring time in New England, and this facility will certainly give us an advantage as we strive for excellence on and off the field."
Made possible by alumni, parents, and friends of both programs, 75 donors contributed over $2 million for the project. The facility includes five 15-foot by 70-foot retractable batting cages and an artificial turf, more than triple the footprint of the original cages.
"Steve and I are delighted to support the new Harvard hitting pavilion," said Jean Kaplan. "We are particularly pleased with the overwhelming participation of the Harvard softball community. Even though our daughter, Maddy, is a senior, we will be lifelong HSB fans."