Coastal Carolina gets state approval for upgrades 

State officials have approved $10 million for Coastal Carolina to upgrade its baseball and softball fields.

The school announced the approval Wednesday. Coastal says construction will start on the two complexes after the 2012 season and will be completed in time for the 2014 season. The baseball and softball teams will play home games at local fields next year.

Both fields are expected to receive new grandstands, restrooms, coaches offices, locker rooms and player lounges.

Coastal Carolina's baseball field will expand from 850 seats to 2,500 seats and will have enough space to handle up to 6,000 fans for events like conference or NCAA postseason tournaments.

The Chanticleers baseball team has reached the NCAA tournament in 10 of the past 11 years.

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