Columbus State University

Columbus State to renovate, rename Ragsdale Field

Columbus State is on the verge of a major renovation of its baseball stadium, which will include a new name.

The school announced Monday that Ragsdale Field will undergo a $1.4-$1.6 million upgrade that is scheduled to be completed before the first game of the 2015 season, which should come in early February.

Roger Shultz, CSU's Director of Development for Athletics, said there is not a start date yet for the renovations, which will include 750 chair-back seats, a roof over the entire seating area and a picnic terrace beyond the left-field wall.

In a news release, the school said the renovation would be paid for ''entirely with private donations including a 'significant investment from Todd Schuster and the Schuster family, owners of Schuster Enterprises, which operates more than 60 Burger Kings in the Southeast.''

Shultz said he could not release the amount of money the Schusters gave toward the renovation but that it was substantial. Shultz also said that the total amount needed had not been raised yet.

The school will re-name the renovated facility Burger King Stadium at Ragsdale Field.

“We’re very proud of our long-standing relationship with Cougar baseball and I’m particularly pleased to be able to continue that tradition,” Todd Schuster said in a news release from the school. “We would be very proud to have the franchise’s name on this beautiful stadium.”

The field was built in 1970 with stadium seating, a press box and lighting added in 1990. In 1996, a clubhouse and a concession-restroom was added.

The field was named for Charles F. Ragsdale, the program's first coach, in 2000.

“I am very excited about the renovation project for our baseball stadium at Columbus State,” CSU's current baseball coach Greg Appletonsaid. “The generous donation by the Schuster family will make our facility one of the best in nation for Division II programs.”