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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The opening of the New Buckeye Field is just days away as the No. 17-ranked Ohio State softball team begins Big Ten play against Michigan State at 2 p.m. Saturday in its first home game of the season. Construction crews are working around the clock to put the finishing touches on the $5.9-million stadium.

The 1,500-seat park features indoor batting cages, a three-plate bullpen, 650-square foot press box, player clubhouse and locker room, new dugouts, coaches and umpires dressing room and concession areas. Ohio State will commemorate the opening of the stadium Saturday with a pre-game balloon release. It will officially be dedicated April 11 with the Buckeyes’ series against Illinois.

Click on the links above to look at photos that follow the construction process since the groundbreaking ceremony on June 6, 2008, and watch video of junior co-captains Whitney Cooper and Courtney Pruner talk about the Buckeyes’ new home.