Rhodes Properties and Development is well known for its subdivision developments across the state, but one recent project holds a special place in the hearts of Owners Justin and James Rhodes.
“We were excited to help NSU Baseball this off season with a number of projects, including a locker room and stadium renovation,” said Justin. “They were much needed and well deserved.
The Brown-Stroud Field renovation project features nearly $600,000 worth of improvements to the longtime home of Demon baseball including a new press box, two executive suites, chairbacks across the entire grandstand and new concessions and bathrooms.
The facility enhancements also include a new look for the Northwestern State baseball locker room. The space inside the Northwestern State athletic fieldhouse has been reborn with an offseason facelift.
“We are so thankful for our relationship with Rhodes Properties and all they have done for us in our years here,” said Head Baseball Coach Bobby Barbier. “The help they gave us with the new locker room and the stadium are very small examples of the help they have provided over the last 5-6 years. Justin and James are my close personal friends, and I thank them for their assistance as well as their friendship.”
Named for the first two head baseball coaches in school history — C.C. Stroud (1912-30) and Alvin “Cracker” Brown (1949-66) — Brown-Stroud Field has been the home to nine Southland Conference championship teams.
The Northwestern State baseball team will host 35 games on 34 playing dates in a home-heavy 2020 season that keeps the Demons at home for nine weekend series, beginning with a season-opening, three-game set against Wichita State this Friday-Sunday, Feb. 14-16 at 6:30 pm on Friday, 2 pm on Saturday, and 1 pm on Sunday.
Additional weekend series at Brown-Stroud Field bring North Alabama (Feb. 21-23), Eastern Illinois (Feb. 28-March 1), Abilene Christian (March 6-8), Houston Baptist (March 27-29), Southeastern Louisiana (April 9-11), Stephen F. Austin (April 24-26) and Sam Houston State (May 8-10) to town.
The Demons will host Houston and Mercer the final weekend of the season, May 13-15.
In addition, midweek matchups against NCAA Regional participant Southern, Louisiana Tech, ULM, Grambling and Mississippi Valley State are on tap.
Baseball season ticket packages are available for $225 (VIP) and $125 (general admission) through the Northwestern State Athletics ticket office, online at www.NSUTickets.com or via phone at (318) 357-4268.
“We know Coach Barbier, his staff and the team appreciate the renovations,” said Justin. “We wish them the best of luck in the upcoming season and are excited for the future. Come out and support the Demons this weekend as they host Wichita State in the 2020 Season opener.