UL officials have announced that they are launching a public campaign to raise the needed funds to complete the second phase of renovations to Russo Park at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field.

It was announced that 75% of the $16.8 million project had been raised from individuals and corporate donations. However, a public campaign to raise the remaining funds will launch on Friday.

As you may recall, the stadium renovations were planned in three phases with work now being done on the second phase. That work includes a raised grandstand, open concession areas, a fan shop, a new club room and suites along with a larger press box.

The first phase of the project was the installation of new stadium lighting and that was completed in 2016. The third phase will add a new clubhouse with locker rooms and offices, but project specifications and dates have not been finalized.

"We're still meeting with supporters about investing in this project through larger gifts, and we'll start a campaign at the end of this week to encourage greater participation from donors at all levels," said Jim Harris, executive director of the Ragin' Cajuns Athletic Foundation.