William Jessup Baseball Opening Day January 21

Rocklin, CA (MPG)  |  Source: Amy Looney, Placer Valley Tourism
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McBean Park Stadium Renovations Bring Baseball Back to Lincoln

On Saturday, January 21 the McBean Park Stadium will officially become home to the William Jessup University (WJU) Warriors Baseball team as they kick-off their season with an opening day pre-game celebration as well as a double header. With phase one of the renovations on the historic McBean Park Stadium complete it is time to play some ball!

The City of Lincoln, WJU and Placer Valley Tourism (PVT) joined forces in 2015 and have been instrumental in the revitalization of the stadium with their significant financial contributions to the project.

Improvements that have been completed include irrigation and renovation of the natural grass outfield, synthetic turf infield, fencing of the entire perimeter of the field, extension of dugouts, electrical scoreboards and removal of the chain link backstop that was replaced with nylon netting to enhance the view for spectators.

The tailgate-style opening day celebration will begin at 9 a.m. with a fun kids zone, BBQ and more. Gates open at 10 a.m. with the Warriors first game of the double header starting at 11:05 a.m. against Corban University from Salem, Oregon.

Heather Hilton, PVT's Board Chair and Senior Director of Sales for the Larkspur Landing in Roseville, will be throwing out the first pitch to get the crowd going and the competition started.

"We couldn't be more thrilled to see that first pitch at McBean Park," said Lance Von Vogt, WJU Athletic Director.  "The excitement on campus and in the community is palpable; I mean you can really feel it."

Von Vogt also commented on the preparation the WJU baseball team and Coach Hankins have been putting in to build that strong foundation that will undoubtedly lead them to becoming a nationally recognized collegiate baseball program.

"Baseball has a long history in Lincoln," stated Matt Brower, City Manager for the City of Lincoln.  "January 21, 2017 will mark the return of this great tradition to Downtown Lincoln."

About Placer Valley Tourism
Placer Valley Tourism (PVT) is made up for the 23 hotels in Roseville, Rocklin and Lincoln, California. PVT recruits and supports hundreds of annual events with grants, marketing, volunteers and other services as needed. To learn more about how PVT can help bring your event here, visit www.playplacer.com or call 916-773-5400.