By NWF DAILY NEWS
NICEVILLE — Those rainy Florida afternoons won't plague the Raider baseball and softball teams much longer.
Tuesday, Northwest Florida State College announced campaign plans to finance its 10,000 square-foot baseball and softball indoor hitting facility. The project is estimated to cost $467,571, though $262,750 has already been raised through gifts and pledges, according to a press release.
Designs for the indoor facility boast five all-purpose tunnels with Burbank Sports Nets, artificial turf flooring and full climate control, according to the release.
"NWF athletic facilities are second to none and an essential element in our recruiting efforts," NWF President Devin Stephenson said in a press release. "However, many of our peer institutions and competitors nationwide have added indoor hitting facilities to their programs. This facility is a must if we are to stay competitive."
As an added bonus, the facility will be open to local high schools when not in use by Raider players and coaches.
"I am very excited about the launching of this project and certainly look forward to seeing it through to its completion," Athletic Director Ramsey Ross said. "Once completed, this facility will help us to not only build upon the strong record of success that NWF has always enjoyed in its baseball and softball programs, but it will also improve the quality of the experience for NWF student athletes."