HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - While the fan experience at Les Murakami Stadium is one of the best in college baseball, below the stands in the Rainbow Warriors locker room it's a much different story.
"The disrepair started probably four or five years ago, and it's just gotten progressively worse," Hawaii head baseball coach Mike Trapasso said.
According to Trapasso, for years the pipes that run along the ceiling of the locker room have been leaking causing water damage throughout the entire space. It's an issue that's largely gone unresolved.
"We would stick a Bandaid on it by changing ceiling tiles, and a couple of times changing the carpeting. Eventually they just decided that's not worth changing and what you're left with a few years later is something that I wouldn't want my opponents to even have to dress and shower in."
Trapasso says the water damage is affecting more than just the condition of the locker room. It has also impacted the program's ability to recruit.
"The reality is for recruiting, kids love the bells and whistles."
Trapasso and athletics director David Matlin are hoping to transform a multipurpose space into a new clubhouse for the 'Bows as an affordable means to upgrade the facility.
"I think that will make it a more affordable project since we have the space already," Matlin said. "We're not building something from scratch, we just have to make it a lot better aesthetically. There are a lot of big baseball supporters out there. Some people have already reached out to Mike and even myself and said that they want to help."