When the plans to start work on the Baseball Performance Center in right field were announced a couple of years ago, I speculated that the building might…might…have some effect on fly balls hit that way, depending on wind conditions on a specific day. Didn’t know the answer…just mused that I’d be interested to see if that would be the case.
You responded and said I was “overstating” the effect of the building, and went on to talk about wind and dormitories located elsewhere on campus. As we are wont to due from time to time, we engaged in a little debate - mostly about what I actually said vs. what you seemed to think I had said.
Time passes…and now, even though the building is not completely finished, the exterior - the part that would (or would not) affect fly balls has been erected.
Today, DVH had a presser on the upcoming Fall Series, Fall practices, personnel moves, etc. In discussing the fact that all but the first game of the series will be available on the SEC+ Network, he spoke about how it is good for parents of players to be able to see the kids actually play. And then he went on to discuss how it is great exposure for the program…including the new facility.
“This new facility…it’s incredible…and how it’s changed the look of the place and probably even how it plays a little bit. with certain winds being knocked down, balls are jumping out of the park better than ever now…even on a day when (the wind is blowing in) they can knock that ball through the wind with that building as tall as it is…I mean, it’s as big as our scoreboard.”
The part about the Performance Center and how it affects balls hit to right start at the 20:54 mark of the video linked above.