The multi-million dollar renovation project of the baseball and softball fields at Kalamazoo Central High School has been delayed one year by the coronavirus pandemic.

“This is an incredibly personal project for me as I have so many memories of playing on these fields,” said Derek Jeter. “While we are disappointed to have to delay renovations, the safety of the entire community is paramount.”

Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation is providing over $3 million dollars to update those facilities. The project includes "completely renovated and reoriented fields, outfitted with new seating, new dugouts, and synthetic turf to increase player access," according to the Kalamazoo Public School.

Turn 2 and the Kalamazoo Public Schools Board of Education say they are "working closely to finalize a new timeline for the initiative".

Jeter, the newly elected baseball Hall of Famer, grew up several blocks from Kalamazoo Central High School and played the Maroon Giants before being selected by the New York Yankees and embarking on his celebrated career.

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