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WATCH: Mike Candrea, Arizona players on remodeled Hillenbrand Stadium

The Arizona softball team was teeming with excitement Wednesday when it took the field for practice on the eve of its home opener.

That is because it won’t be long before the ninth-ranked Wildcats (3-2) host their first game at the remodeled Hillenbrand Stadium, when they take on New Mexico on Thursday at 6 p.m. MST.

Our full story on the new venue can be found here, and here is what head coach Mike Candrea, catcher Dejah Mulipola and third baseman Malia Martinez had to say about the new digs, their takeaways from Arizona’s trip to Tampa, and more:

Coach Candrea talks about the remodeled Hillenbrand Stadium and his takeaways from Arizona Softball’s trip to Tampa

Posted by AZ Desert Swarm on Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Dejah Mulipola

Junior catcher Dejah Mulipola talks about the new Hillenbrand Stadium and her takeaways from Arizona Softball’s trip to Tampa

Posted by AZ Desert Swarm on Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Malia Martinez

Junior third baseman Malia Martinez is thankful to be able to play in the new Hillenbrand Stadium

Posted by AZ Desert Swarm on Wednesday, February 13, 2019