When you talk about the opening of the Stadium of 1,000 Dreams this month at Warner Park, you talk about more than a world-class facility showcasing women's softball.

"The stadium's name really came about because of young student athletes who had a dream to be recognized in their sport," said Jim Frost, owner of Frost Cutlery and the driving force behind the stadium.

According to Frost, there have been literally thousands of young athletes who have made contributions to women's softball over the decade. He believes the stadium will enable these young women to compete in bigger and better tournaments, which will bring in more and more college scouts. "This will then give the girls a chance to be seen by a college recruiter and get a scholarship for college."

The 3,000-seat stadium will be the new home of UTC's Lady Mocs softball team and the site of national softball tournaments. The USA Softball Women's National Team, who competed in Chattanooga before a sellout crowd of 3,056 people in 1996, will return June 26-27 to compete in the Coca-Cola USA Softball American Challenge Series. The Lady Mocs take on the Lady Vols on Monday, April 20.

The stadium features home and away dugouts, locker rooms, home and away batting cages, a large scoreboard in left center field, and a climate controlled press box. "Many softball enthusiasts have said once the stadium is complete, it will be one of the finest softball stadiums in the country," said Erik Gray, marketing and ticketing sales coordinator for athletics.

"This stadium is really one more example of how this community comes together to see to it that the vision of a few people becomes a reality for all of us to enjoy," said Chancellor Bill Stacy. "I applaud the efforts of Jim Frost, the folks here at UTC, the city, the county, and the private sector of this community in working together to build this stadium that will ultimately benefit both the city of Chattanooga and the sport."

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