When the University of Arizona begins constructing its new Indoor Sports Center this month, the final remnants of Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium will be removed.
But the UA will continue to recognize the two Arizona baseball coaching legends by building a monument at the site of the old stadium, it was announced Saturday in a press release.
The design of the monument is still being finalized, but I’d be willing to bet it will be located in the middle of the plaza pictured below:
Here’s some more info from the press release:
Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium served as the home of Arizona Baseball from 1967 to 2011. It was originally named Wildcat Field. However, the park’s name was changed to Frank Sancet Field during Arizona’s 1986 National Championship Season. In 2004, the name was changed again to Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium and remained Arizona Baseball’s home until it moved to Hi Corbett Field in 2012.
Arizona experienced extreme success at Kindall Field at Sancet Stadium, posting a winning percentage of .703, with a total record of 895-376-3. The stadium hosted four NCAA Regionals.Sancet was the coach of Arizona from 1950 to 1972. He took the Wildcats to nine College World Series appearances and nine NCAA Regional Championships. Sancet compiled a record of 831-283-8 and was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame posthumously in 2012.
Following Sancet’s final season in 1972, Kindall took over the program, and remained in charge until 1996. Kindall won National Championships in 1976, 1980 and 1986 and had a 860-579-7 record while serving as the head coach of Arizona. He was elected into the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007.
All the renderings of Arizona’s new indoor facility can be found here. Construction is supposed to be concluded in December.