October 24, 1998, saw many dreams become reality with the formal dedication of the newly-built Stephen B. Smith Clubhouse and Indoor Training Facility.
The dream began long before the plans were put into motion. Coach Steve Peterson began raising funds for the project nearly 10 years prior to groundbreaking, but the end product certainly made the wait worthwhile.
The new facility is with a doubt, the finest of its kind in the region, if not the entire nation.
It features a lounge area with a large-screen television, sofa and chairs a with refreshment area. The lounge is punctuated by hardwood floors with a large marble "MT" inlay near the entrance to the building. The front hallway also features the Blue Raiders sizable trophy collection and photos of Blue Raiders in the major leagues.
The spacious Chuck Taylor Locker Room offers oak lockers for the players along with exquisite hardwood flooring. The large shower facility is located just off of the locker room area.
Offices for the entire coaching staff are also located in the facility along with a laundry and training room. The indoor training area, which is second to none, is perhaps the most impressive part of the facility. This large space features a clay floor with three mounds and two hitting cages for winter and early spring workouts. It also contains a weight room with conditioning equipment for baseball team use.
The Stephen B. Smith Clubhouse and Indoor Training Facility opens directly onto the field area for easy access for practice and games. Soon after the construction of the building was complete, the structure was connected to the rest connected to the rest of the park with an ornate brick and iron fence and gate.
The entire facility is just another testament to the hard work and dedication of the Blue Raiders' coaches, players and supporters. The work that these individuals carry on to the field also carries over into every aspect of the program.
However, the Stephen B. Smith Clubhouse and Indoor Training Facility does not mark the end of the line. In the words of coach Peterson at the building's dedication, "Our next project begins tomorrow."