COLUMBIA — Missouri baseball coach Tim Jamieson stood in the middle of the cold room, a black beanie hugging his ears. Loose wires dangled from the ceiling, and the smell of wet paint lingered in the air.
“This,” Jamieson said, gazing around at his team's soon-to-be locker room, “is our crown jewel.”
The oval-shaped room, inspired by the St. Louis Cardinals’ and Washington Nationals’ Major League Baseball locker rooms, is part of the newly constructed $4 million clubhouse nestled next to the third-base line at Taylor Stadium. The 4,000-square-foot facility comes complete with a training room, players’ lounge and coaches’ offices.
Jamieson said he hopes the state-of-the-art clubhouse will be available for the team’s Feb. 28 home opener against the University of Illinois at Chicago, but construction could take longer.
“This will become a home away from home (for) our players,” Jamieson said. “They can hang out here between classes or before practice.”
The players’ lounge will include the arcade games Big Buck Hunter and Golden Tee, which were donated by former Missouri pitcher and 2013 Chicago Cubs draft pick Rob Zastryzny, while the movie-theater-style media room comfortably seats 48.
Jamieson expects the plush clubhouse to help with recruiting.
In previous years, the Tigers didn’t have a clubhouse to woo recruits with, and a trip to the locker room meant hiking across a football practice field to the Mizzou Athletics Training Complex.
“Before, I feel like recruits heard what we were telling them,” Jamieson said. “Now, they can see it.”
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