Elder baseball is the all-time leader in Ohio for state championships and wins, and steeped in a long history of tradition. The stadium needed to personify everything Elder’s program has achieved and the design needed to be modeled after the school’s unique castle look. A sixteen foot arch arch over the entrance was designed to greet visitors as they enter the stadium. This would be the largest cast stone arch Reading Rock has made and posed a challenge because it was designed not to be reinforced by structural metal. Construction on the unprecedented stadium began in April 2013 and the project aim was to have the stadium completed in time for the 2014 season, allowing just a year to finish the job.
Reading Rock’s experienced draft team designed and constructed a cast stone battlement (defensive top found on castle walls) that exemplified the distinct, gothic architecture of Elder High School. These battlements were placed on top of the turrets that flanked the cast stone arch, creating a memorable entrance to the field.
Jack Adam Baseball Stadium is now the centerpiece of the Panther Athletic Complex and recognized as one of the best high school baseball facilities in the country. It has been called a premier stadium of the Midwest and celebrated for incorporating the school’s character into the design. Elder’s baseball team was able to play their 2014 home games in the new stadium finished on April 19, 2014.