Officials from Oakland City University in Gibson County broke ground Thursday on a baseball stadium, thanks in part to a $1 million gift from a 1995 graduate of the school. Alum Mathew Konkler and his wife Lindsey gave the seven-digit gift to build a new stadium.
Konkler, who earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration, played outfield for the OCU Mighty Oaks.
The stadium will be named in the family’s honor.
“Earlier this year, we broke ground on a new residence hall, and last month we broke ground on the Wilder Tennis Center. Now, we are excited to break ground on the Mathew and Lindsey Konkler Baseball Stadium, said OCU President Ron Dempsey.
Dempsey says the new stadium will be located on the same footprint as Brooks Pinnick Field.
The university also credits Bill Bussing, who owns the minor league baseball team Evansville Otters. Dempsey says the school received gifts from Aigner Construction in Boonville and Reinbrecht Homes in Evansville.