The Hayden Family Foundation has established the lead gift of $1 million toward the construction of the Baseball Legacy Project at Miami University. The project, estimated at $2.4 million, will add a baseball facilities building to McKie Field at Hayden Park.
Located along the left-field line and connected to the Miami Baseball dugout, the Legacy Project at Hayden Park would encompass more than 10,000 square-feet on two levels. Its exterior will meld seamlessly into the rest of the complex, while its interior will include upgraded locker room facilities and coaches' offices, as well as training and equipment rooms. The highlight will be a museum-quality reception area that will house the rich baseball tradition of both Miami and the region.
"This is a great day in the history of the Miami baseball program," Head Coach Dan Simonds said. "This project will truly make Hayden Park one of the premier facilities in the Midwest. The Hayden Family has given us an opportunity to not only move our program forward, but to allow many others to be involved in this tremendous venture. I know I speak on behalf of our entire athletic department in expressing our gratitude for their generosity."
The Hayden family will match all new money raised for the project, up to $1 million, gifted by alumni and friends.
The family has a long history with Miami, supporting intercollegiate athletics and many other university projects and initiatives.
Joseph P. Hayden, Jr. (Miami ’51) served on the Foundation Board of Directors and the Business Advisory Council. Three of his children, Jay, John and Tom, are Miami graduates. Joseph P. Hayden III (Jay) (Miami ’74) served on the Red & White Club Advisory Board, the Foundation Board of Directors, and the Campaign For Love and Honor Steering Committee. Three of Jay’s children are Miami alumni: Matthew (’04), Teresa (’04) and Lisa (’08), and Daniel attended Miami. John Hayden and his wife Carrie are both 1981 Miami graduates. Tom Hayden (’82) is on the Foundation Board of Directors and the Campaign For Love and Honor Steering Committee; two of his children are Miami graduates, Lauren (’08) and Nadyne (‘10).
Stanley G. McKie Field at Joseph P. Hayden Jr. Park was dedicated on March 24, 2002, providing Miami University baseball a home worthy of its proud tradition. In addition to a first-rate baseball setting, the facility provided heated dugouts and the Lohnes Family Indoor Hitting facility, both of critical importance to a northern-climate baseball program. The park, which seats approximately 1,000, also includes the fully operational Dave Young Press Box, a 12-seat suite, the Walter "Smokey" Alston Room, a showcase digital scoreboard and a picnic area.
Construction of the Baseball Legacy Project is expected to begin after the 2013 season, with completion anticipated in 2014.
The Hayden Family Foundation gift supports The Miami University Campaign For Love and Honor which, as the University’s most successful fundraising campaign, has raised more than $464 million in support of Miami’s priorities. Miami University, a nationally ranked public university located in Oxford, Ohio, offers a liberal education plan, research opportunities, co-curricular activities and support that have ensured student success for more than 200 years.
Nearly half of Miami’s 14,900 undergraduate students study overseas; more than half participate in internships. With median time to graduation at 3.7 years, Miami's graduation rates are some of the highest among NCAA Division I schools.