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Lady Monarchs Softball to Play and Practice Off Campus Next Semester

Valley College will build a new four-level parking structure where the softball field is located.

By Hannah Powers | Staff Writer
On May 7, 2013

The Valley College Lady Monarchs softball team will be practicing and playing offcampus for the 2014 season, as a new parking structure is scheduled to be constructed this summer where the current softball field is located.

"We will be on an off-campus facility for the 2014 season," said Frankie Garcia, thecurrent softball coach at Valley. "But practice will not be interrupted. We're f lexible, positive and we will work hard wherever and whenever we practice."

Valley will be building two new softball fields where parking Lot F is currently located. There will also be a running track accessible to the community that will loop around the athletic fields to help promote fitness and wellbeing.

The two new fields have a projected cost of approximately $8 million from the current $630-million revitalization project, according to Valley's current Master Plan.

"This is all possible because Measure J passed in 2008," said Valley College President Sue Carleo. "That doubled our budget, so we got to revise our master plan, and now we're now able to do so much more."

The new four-level parking structure will have more than 1,000 parking spots and will also include charging stations for electric and hybrid vehicles with access from Ethel Avenue as well as Emelita Street.

The parking structure is scheduled to be completed in January 2014, and due to the shortage of parking at Valley, the construction of the new softball field cannot start until the structure has been completed. This means construction on the field will begin January 2014. It is scheduled to be completed by October 2014.

"This will not be a struggle for the team," said coach Garcia. "We have a solid program and that will remain the case. Upon completion, we will return to a phenomenal state-of- the-art athletic baseball/softball complex-definitely worth a season or two off campus."

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